Day 40: Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Followed by Another Club Crawl)

Morning tour–not going to happen; however free lunch at 1:30PM tour, quite doable. After enjoying some surprisingly good gratis grub, one of my hostelmates and I headed to the bus stop. Oddly enough our other Brazilian hostelmate was there as well with his South American comrades (who also joined in on the club crawling last night). Virtually the entire bus took advantage of the 1 hour trek and napped hard. A hour later, we arrived at the most horrific symbol of the beasts men can become: Auschwitz.

Walking on the grounds drenched in the atrocities committed by the Nazi party against Jews, Poles, Romma, Russians, and a countless others has quite the sobering effect. Seeing first hand piles of human hair, empty gas canisters, pictures of children about to be murdered, and documents detailing Nazi lies cannot simply be conveyed by photographs. I urge anyone reading this to strive to visit this site to truly have a respect, appreciation, and reverence for what happened here. I wanted to start with one of my favorite speeches by none other than Charlie Chaplin:

And the photos…

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The most moving of them all…

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Leaving Auschwitz I…

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…and off to Birkenau

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Later that night we consumed countless shots of Vodka and danced late into the night on another club crawl; however, this is not important, which is why I have only chosen to mention it in passing.

The visit to the world’s most famous death camp really changed me. Problems like a cramped overnight sleeper cabin appear astronomically trivial in comparison to what when on at Auschwitz. It’s important to constantly keep this in proper perspective when evaluating life. I personally will strive to do just that even more frequently than I currently do.

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