During my visit to Kraków this summer, I went to Auschwitz.
The decision to visit Auschwitz wasn’t hard for me, I have always thought of it as a place that you probably have to visit to really understand what happened there. My biggest dilemma before I got there though (being a travel blogger and all) was if I really should photograph my visit there.
During a 5-year-period, more than a million human beings lost their lives to such unnecessary evil in Auschwitz. Horrible events have taken place at every inch of this place and I do not in any sort of way diminish that to some sort of tourist attraction by walking around and photographing everything. I want to show the victims respect.
In the same time, the words above are one of the first things you see when you get inside the gates at Auschwitz I and then and there it hit me that I had to take photos of my visit in Auschwitz. Our guide often used the word “proof” when she showed us things from the concentration camps since there are people alive today that denies the whole holocaust. Auschwitz happened, and the humans who lost their lives there deserves to get their stories shared, that’s the least we can do.
Sharing my photos and experience from my visit at Auschwitz is my way of keeping the memory alive. Like our guide said at the end of our tour: “The people who did this were humans. They were human beings with families and education, and still, they made theses horrible actions to other humans. It is possible it can happen again, and that’s why what happened at Auschwitz has to be remembered.”
With all of this said, a travel diary from my third day in Kraków when I visited Auschwitz will be published tomorrow, followed by a whole post just about Auschwitz. If you have any sorts of questions about it, feel free to ask me in the comment section below.