This was the most sobering part of our entire trip.I had very mixed feelings about going to this place, but I felt that I owed it to myself, and both the victims and the survivors to experience the horrors of this place first hand. Of course I’d read about the Nazi atrocities in school, but until you actually see for yourself, you can never fully grasp the evil of what happened here.
The camp is maintained by a society of survivors who have taken it upon themselves to remind the world what happened here, and to promote their slogan of “Never Again”. There is an excellent museum tracing the rise of the National Socialist party to power, and the beginnings of the crimes that were committed in the name of improving humanity. Unfortunately this message has not reached everyone it needs to. When we visited, there were signs on the buildings explaining that a week before we arrived, Neo-Nazis had snuck in at night, and vandalized several of the buildings with Anti Jewish slogans, and swastikas. No leads had been found to the identity of the perpetrators.
I didn’t take many photos here; because of the atmosphere of the camp it feels very unnatural to take photos while you are there. One feels that they are intruding on someone’s private memorial.