It's hard to find words for the experience I had at Auschwitz, it started with exhaustion from the journey and walk to get there, followed by a coldness, eerie chilling feeling. Followed by a surreal mist and feeling of solitude. Later came sadness, horror, cruelty, the last place we visited actually being the most heartbreaking of all and one I will not forget, my heart overwhelmed by a choking feeling of desperation to get out if there.
An experience I will not forget, it has affected me more even then my trip to Chernobyl it made me realise the true cruelty of humanity and envision horrors more then anyone should endure.
Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II.
It was the largest of the German concentration camps, consisting of Auschwitz I (the Stammlager or base camp); Auschwitz II–Birkenau (the Vernichtungslager or extermination camp); Auschwitz III–Monowitz, also known as Buna–Monowitz (a labor camp); and 45 satellite camps.
About a million Jews died at Auschwitz. Another 75,000 non-Jewish Poles, 18,000 Roma (Gypsies), and 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war were killed there.
On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops, a day commemorated around the world as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.