We boarded wagon #21 and found our compartment of eight seats which we had all to ourselves. Thankfully a vendor cart came by offering coffee. In about three hours we arrived at Krakow Glowney train station where Driver #2 awaited us and the Portuguese men. Driver #2 rushed us along to the waiting van to make the 1.5 hour drive to Auschwitz. No time for breakfast and Driver #2 did not seem too concerned about our nutritional needs because once we arrived, we quickly started the 10am movie and 10:30am English tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau which would conclude four hours later.
I have toured Auschwitz and Birkenau and believe all who are able should. I am quite knowledgeable of the facts but seeing this place, the buildings, the setting -- is important to understanding. Honestly, I cannot string together any original sequence of words that have not been better composed by legions of others.
|On the wall of an Auschwitz building. I strongly agree.|
|It is in the middle with a railroad line - why this location was chosen as death camp for 1.1 million men, women and children.|
|German phrase meaning "Work makes (you) free" on the gate to Auschwitz.|
The query: "At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?"
And the answer: "Where was man?”
― William Styron, Sophie's Choice
As a Jew, I have to emotionally process this experience as well as that of the Warsaw Ghetto. I need to talk with other Jews ...
Guide #3 ... next post ...