I Made the Sun Disappear at Auschwitz


I planned our visit to Auschwitz on the last day of our eight country…33 day European adventure and was hoping for overcast skies to match the horrific history of this place.  Unfortunately, it was a bright blue beautiful day, but I made the sun disappear…

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While touring the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, things I had read ran through my head.  Over 1 million people murdered here.  I tried not to think about it and focused on taking photographs…I wished I could go back in time and save them!

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This is some of the hair collected from the victims…

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The exhibits were very well done.  Putting faces in front of you and stories about the victims makes it more tangible.

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The poor children, cold, starving, afraid…so many tears fell on this very ground.

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This structure protected the soldier in charge of roll call from inclement weather…

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Block 20 was where the sick were kept and most of them eventually murdered by lethal injections of phenol into the heart.

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One of the rooms where victims were housed…

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The washroom where female prisoners were to strip before being led outside and executed.

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Ovens at Auschwitz where deceased prisoners were cremated.

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These were taken at Birkenau…

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So many gone, but not forgotten!

16 thoughts on “I Made the Sun Disappear at Auschwitz

  1. Could you feel any ghosts? Not literally, but deep inside. I agree with John, I don’t think I could visit. I did go to Dachau, which was more of a prison for political prisoners rather than a death camp, though thousands died. It was about the most I think I could do. Even there, you could sense the evil.

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  2. Hi Sherry,
    Having grown up in post-war Germany, I was taught about that horrible time, I read about it, and I visited the Dachau concentration camp, and the more I knwo about it, the less I understand how human beings can do that to other human beings. And, I must admit, I keep asking myself how much my parents, just “ordinary” Germans, knew about it. They never really told me .
    Let’s pray mankind will learn from it – I doubt that.
    Have a great week,
    Pit

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    • I believe that most of the German people knew what was going on, but were too afraid to do anything about it; and many were taught at a young age to think about certain things in a particular way. That’s interesting your parents didn’t talk to you about it or that you didn’t ask them. I’m assuming you probably knew they didn’t want to talk about it. 😦

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      • Well, maybe they just wanted to forget it. And it never occurred to me to ask them. I don’t know why. Did I – subconciously – not want to embarrass them? Or was I, in my younger days, simply not interested enough in the reasons/motives? Maybe, even with having been taught about that, having read and seen pictures, I still simply didn’t realize the horrors of that time. Maybe that only came later.

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