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    Sorry Krela in advance if this is inappropriate but this place deserves to be seen by all...please feel free to put this in another pidgeon hole..we didnt know quite where it belonged.
    We spent the weekend in Krakow and took a trip to Auschwitz 1 and 2 Birkenau.I wont go into the history of Auschwitz as it is well covered by Wikepedia..suffice to say it is thee most emotion packed experience one is ever likely to go through.From the moment we passed through the gates we were whisked back to one of mans darkest periods in time.....
    Those gates

    Excuse the B&W..colour seems disrespectful
    Those electric fences

    Gallows erected to hang the Kommandant after the war

    Gas chamber and gallows

    Fence again

    Pool...allegedley the fire brigade resovoir designed on a swimming pool

    How can a fire brigade resovoir have diving boards?

    Fence again looked soo grim

    Wall of death...this was the yard where thousands met their grisly end

    We move on to Birkenau death camp..this is the platform that many departed the vile trains of death..in the distance is the gate house

    Remains of crematoria/gas chamber blown up by the Nazis prior to being overtaken by the red army

    Infamous bunk beds where 5 prisoners slept along side each other

    Hells gate..every train passed through here to deposit its sad cargo to the platforms of hell....

    To see the full album
    http://news.webshots.com/album/561643661UTJrgw
    sorry if this is depressing but it happened

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    Very sobering and never to be forgotten.


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    Beautiful photos guys...all the more poignant in the winter with the snow on the ground. Sobering indeed.
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    I went there a few years ago and remember walking aroung in a zombifed silence. two things that stuck the most where the hair and shoes.

    Did you see that wall with all the holes in it?
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    The death wall in the yard...yes we saw it.....a horrible feeling standing in the yard & knowing so many people met their death there....we are going back next year to see it in better weather as it was raining really hard & we missed some of Birkenau.
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    I didn't know it had better weather, it was -4 when i went.
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    We are going to try & go in August its supposed to be warm then...they do have summer in Poland!!. We only went on Friday for the weekend as it was my birthday & i wanted to go there.....strange person that i am
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    Moving stuff, thank you for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelle View Post
    We only went on Friday for the weekend as it was my birthday & i wanted to go there.....strange person that i am

    well its different thats for sure:)
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    Nice work, such an amzing historical place they must never be forgotten.

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