Auschwitz & Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland

"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." -- Elie Wiesel

On Saturday, October 4, 2014 I had the opportunity to become a witness to the Auschwitz concentration camp and the mass persecutions that occurred at this place. 

"For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and half million men, women, and children, mainly Jews, from various countries of Europe." 

- Auschwitz-Birkenau 1940-1945

The visit to Auschwitz is indescribable and is different to each person. After reading novels such as Night by Elie Wiesel and seeing pictures from the 1940s of the concentration camps, I had always pictured them in my head. However, after having the opportunity to become a witness of the destruction I can firmly state that the events that took place at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau were truly horrific and far worse than I ever could have imagined. I highly recommend to anyone who has time in Europe to make the journey out to Auschwitz and experience it. 

Olivia and I traveled nearly twenty hours each way to spend the day in Auschwitz and although some things did go wrong with busses and trains, I am so glad I took the time to go out and witness it. 

Below are the images that stood out to me the most (although everything is important to remember about Auschwitz).