Monday, June 9, 2008
The land where I could not speak the language
So over the weekend Ana and I went to Krakow, Poland. We decided that it would be better for us to take a tour of Aushwitz on Saturday and then tour the city with whatver time we had left. So above, we have part of the origianl gate from Krakow; the center picture is the center of the Old City of Krakow; the third picture shows the castle from the city which we were told by some other Americans that we should not miss visiting. We took an English tour of it but the inside is hardly original considering it was found in ruins. It went through two periods of renovation in the 1900s that the inside is just made up different periods of history of the city. I did not know half the people that were mentioned but the artwork and pieces were interesting to see.
The bottem pictures are from Auschwitz I and Aushwitz- Birkenau concentration camps. I do not think any pictures that I took can completely explain what I saw at the camps. Auschwitz is so mcu smaller than the second camp and was all brick buildings. What people went through in the torture rooms is quite interesting. Or even when we walked through the gas chambers...to know that thousands of people belived what the Nazis were saying that they would be taking a shower...only they were walking into their death...the last picture shows Birkenau with all the barrakcs ruined in the back. Many of the barracks were set on fire just before the camp was invaded so that there would not be so much evidence left. This camp is huge! We went into the watch tower to see the overview of the camp and it is a little scary to see that camp with only the chimneys showing...definitely walked away in a somber mood from it...everyone was quiet in the bus after the tour was done and we had the hour drive back to to town.