A sentry post from Auschwitz, so real it could have been from today
Are there fewer places in history that need no introduction? Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp during world war 2. A place that hollowed out humanities soul.
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The story behind this photograph
I’ve always enjoyed learning about the history of World War 2, and as such going to Auschwitz-Birkenau was an inevitability. I wasn’t sure how I would react.
Entry to both camps is free. Though you may take a paid tour if you so wish, I certainly recommend the tour. Many of the tour guides are related to the former prisoners: their tales are chilling.
Indeed that was the feeling I got from Auschwitz:
From rooms filled with human hair to a destroyed gas chamber where countless died. Auschwitz is very well-preserved. The buildings are made of stone and brick.
As you walk around the camp you must follow the gravel strewn paths which still have high rusted barbed wire fences closing you in. It all looks as if it could still be operational today.
Even this sentry post in Auschwitz still had a “Halt” sign visible. Standing there I couldn’t help but feel the cold sensation of nameless people looking on at others and knowing their terrible fate.
Being watched over as you are marched to have all elements of physical life stripped away until finally passing away in the confines of near indescribable misery, fear and hate.
Today Auschwitz-Birkenau stands as a living reminder of what we are capable of doing in our darkest hours.
This is an additional photograph feature from my world travel photography gallery, documenting the story behind the picture