This was a difficult visit, but profoundly meaningful. I wanted to see for myself this place that I have read about. I wanted to bear witness to what happened here. I wanted to walk the paths that were walked by so many people who were marginalized because of who they were.
There were some places where we were not allowed to take pictures. One room was where they kept all the human hair that was found on liberation day. The hair was removed from the victims after the gas chambers because it could be turned into blankets and sold for a profit.
The other rooms where we were not allowed to take pictures were the torture rooms and solitary cells in the basement of one of the barracks.
As I gather and sort through all the pictures of our trip to Poland, these were the ones I wanted to go through first. I have not had time to fully process what I saw and heard here, and making this slide show has helped. They deserve their own space, so I've made a slide show just for this day.
Click HERE to see the slide show.