The Pain of Auschwitz

Most of the world agrees that one of the most despicable events in human history was the holocaust. Hitler’s Nazi party systematically murdered approximately 11 million innocent people, whose shocking numbers include 6 million Jews. To deny the holocaust is in itself a crime, yet many still do, and with this in mind, I myself visited Auschwitz and Birkenau.

There are few words to accurately describe how I felt as I walked around the camp. Despite the vast number of visitors, an overwhelming quiet and sadness shrouded the place, and the damp, bleak walls I know will never give up their painful secrets. It was a warm spring day in Poland, and yet I was cold, both my body and in my heart. To walk among the ghosts of 6 million murdered innocents was simply heartbreaking, and it remains beyond my imagination to understand how so few minds can work together to inflict so much suffering on so many people. And for what? Simple! Misguided racist bigotry and ideological hatred!

It was a powerful and humbling experience to visit the extermination camps at Auschwitz/Birkenau, and more humbling still to know it was just one of thousands of similar death camps across Europe. But I would recommend going yourself. It made me more aware of that most tragic and terrible period in history, and serves as a reminder that the victims should never, ever be forgotten.

And lest we not forget this;

Homo sapiens are homo sapiens, no matter creed or colour.

Auschwitz Prison Fence

My simple words do not do justice to the harsh misery I felt during my visit, but maybe the images can give you that sense.

Holocaust Victim Suitcase

Auschwitz Fence

Auschwitz Prison Camp

Train to Auschwitz to Death Camp

All photos by the Nomad, aka, © Steven Moore Photography

My painful visit inspired a short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’ If you’d like to download your free eBook, please click here.

3 Comments

  • Reply April 6, 2014

    Jaspa

    I used to live in Weimar, Germany, just a handful of miles from the concentration camp of Buchenwald. From our living room window you could see the massive memorial on the hill above the town. We’d occasionally make the trek up the hill to visit the remains of the camp. It’s a disturbingly fascinating place.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Christina

    I haven’t been to Auschwitz but I have been to Dachau twice. How anyone could deny it happened is beyond me. When I was younger I heard that the neighbors around Dachau didn’t know it was happening. Now as I’m older, I know that isn’t the case. The neighbors saw the trains coming in, they had to have smelled the fires and seen the death marches. There was a documentary I saw where it was a ‘problem’ the Germans had of needing to burn so many bodies and they had to solve the ‘problem’. Did you see the Boy in the Striped Pajamas? Good but tough movie. Another good but tough movie is Sarah’s Key (I think that’s the name)

    • Reply July 1, 2013

      Steven

      Hello Christina. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Terrible moments in history, that’s for sure. I have seen the Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I agree, tough viewing and a powerful story. I’ll check out the other one. Have you been to the Killing Fields in Cambodia. It’s an equally tough place to visit, and just as shocking historically, especially as it’s so relatively recent. I’m returning to Cambodia this Thursday, but will limit my visit to the inspirational Angkor complex…didn’t spend enough time there last time. Take care, and have a great day.

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