Auschwitz

“Polish death camps”, “Polish camps of extermination” – so far this misconception of history has irritated me but as a foreigner – not a Pole – I was not very determined to be precise at every step or to correct my friends when they made a mistake. Now that I have I returned from a trip to Auschwitz, I realized how much these words hurt Poles. A few hours spent in this place can change one’s view on certain things and help you understand the history of this nation. Going through the empty camp on a rainy day was a very melancholic and touching moment that will stay in my memory for a long time.

How to plan Auschwitz tour

I have been planning Auschwitz tour for a long time but I postponed it for a couple of times just like a difficult test or something that I really didn’t want. Rainy day was very discouraging for a long trip without proper clothes but finally, I decided not to reschedule again, I also decided to entrust the organization of my trip to professionals – discovercracow.com. They offer professionally organized Auschwitz tours, so customers do not have to worry about transfer, guide and other stuff. Highly recommended.

Why my Auschwitz tour was so intense

Entrance to the camp is probably one of the most popular shots of World War II, and the inscription that appears at the gate – Arbeit macht Frei (Work makes free) – is the most important symbol of Nazi German concentration camps. I do not understand how people can take a selfie with this scary symbol. However, the buildings in the camp are the most important and most scary part of the camp, but we should remember that not all buildings were intended for the deployment of prisoners. In block 10 there were criminal medical experiments by German doctor Carl Clauberg, who was looking for a quick and cheap sterilization method for women. Thousands of women were sentenced to death, most of whom died in the torture. Block 11, where interrogation and torture rooms are located, was designed for prisoners who violated the camp law. But that’s not the scariest part of my Auschwitz tour. The whole camp is built of two parts. Auschwitz II was built at the end of 1941 on 140 hectares. The whole surrounded by a barbed wire under voltage. By the end of the war almost 300 buildings were built, most of which were dedicated to the delivery of prisoners. This is a place of mass extermination in specially created gas chambers and crematoria. It is said that Nazis brutally killed over one million people.

That was one of the scariest and most intense tours of my life, but I definitely recommend it for everyone. It is not only a great lesson of history but it can also change people’s perception of things almost everyone has but few appreciate..