Auschwitz in Photos – When Words Are Just Not Enough

by | 22/03/17 | Europa, Europe, Reisen | 2 comments

Auschwitz

“If the sun ever shines here?” That’s what I asked myself when I got out of the car at three degrees Celsius and a grey sky.

I was spechless!

This article has no real “layout”. And that’s on purpose No “Yours Barbara” in the end, no newsletter subscription, no recommended articles. It seemed important to me to do it like this. And it’s on purpose that this article consists almost only of photos. Because all this pain, thi suffering… I don’t have words for it. Although photos can’t describe it either, it seemed the best way to me.

It’s place consisting of more than 40 camps. I’ve seen only two of them – Auschwitz I and Auschwitz 2-Birkenau. Enough misery for one day.

That’s why I let my photos speak now:

Auschwitz – Arbeit macht frei

Arbeit macht frei – Work sets you free

Die Häuser in Auschwitz 1

Houses. Depressing. Dark.

Auschwitz 1 – Das Museum

The Museum

Auschwitz 1 – Tafeln im Museum

Descriptions in the museum

Zyklon B Auschwitz

Cans of Zyklon B

The bags with names of their owners on it

Mountains of shoes

Strohlager Auschwitz

That’s where people had sleep

Gang mit Fotos der Deportierten

A Hallway of Photos

Ein Erschießungsstand in Auschwitz 1

Shooting Wall

Stacheldrahtzaun Auschwitz 1

Barb Wire Fence

Unterstand für die SS-Soldaten Auschwitz 1

Where the SS soldiers could go when the weather was bad

Am Krematorium

At a Crematorium

 

After 1,5 hours at Auschwitz I we went to Auschwitz II-Birkenau – a 10 minutes ride away. 90 percent of the victims – mostl Jews, but as well jipsies, Polish, Soviets – has been murdered here.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz II-Birkenau – This is where the trains arrived

Auschwitz II-Birkenau Gaskammer

This was one of the gas chambers at Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz II-Birkenau Stacheldrahtzaun

Auschwitz II-Birkenau barb wire fence

Zugabteil in Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Train in Birkenau

Baracken in Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Baracks in Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Stones are heavier than flowers…

In one of the barracks I saw this heart of small stones: