Posts Tagged ‘Auschwitz’

Visiting Auschwitz

15th June 2010 by Helen
Crystal, Jiri & Yukon

Crystal, Jiri & Yukon

First thing, before we went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and camp we chatted with a couple who have been travelling for three years, working with schools mainly around Eastern Europe encouranging greater understanding of other cultures.  Jaris is from the Czech Republic and Crystal is Canadian (www.crossingborders.eu.com).  They gave us some tips about the tour and we set off. 

It was extremely hot and it was easy to imagine that in this sort of weather the conditions in the camp would have been intolerable.  Even with some quite graphic images in the pre-tour video and seeing the bunks where prisoners slept four or five to a bunk it is hard to imagine the enormity of what went on here.  For me (Helen) the most telling part of ther tour was the evidence of the number of prisoners who were selected to work because they were fit and healthy and yet who died from the effects of disease, starvation and hard labour within just a few months of their arrival.  It seems that would have been death by slow torture, making the mass gas chambers seem almost humane by comparison.

Tonight we moved on and found ourselves sleeping in another lorry park!!

Us in the lorry park

Us in the lorry park

Poland Day 2

12th June 2010 by Helen

Productive morning at Artur’s this morning with Paul working on the car and getting our shower and water filtration system working properly.  Helen managed some re-organising of the on-board office and to get some washing done.  Headed off towards Auschwitz with Paul still driving. Hideously hot and humid and loads of mozzies.  Think we might have been scammed today, time will tell.  Eventually found Auschwitz and looked for somewhere to park nearby.  After wasting an hour or so in this latter pursuit we found someone who told us there is camping at the museum!!  Therefore writing this in a car park with the roof tent up surrounded by camper vans.