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Travel Tuesdays | Auschwitz, Poland

Auschwitz Ottawa Travel Photographer_0006I thought about not doing a Travel Tuesdays post this week since it fell on Remembrance Day. But then I realized that there’s one place we’ve been that is particularly fitting to share today.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a difficult place to visit. Visit isn’t even the right word; it was an experience, but to say you’ve “experienced” Auschwitz feels like belittling those who were imprisoned and died there — and in all concentration camps. It was a place that I didn’t really want to go to, but that I felt I needed to. I left my camera locked up in the hostel because I couldn’t stomach the thought of taking photos. Rob is an avid World War II scholar, and he offered to bring his camera for some memories. And I’m glad he did, because every time I look at them I’m reminded — and that can only be a good thing.

There is so much to say about this place. We learned  details we never wanted to know, and the longer we spent there the more difficult it became as more and more and more it weighs on you. Rather than explain everything, I’m just going to let the pictures speak. If you have any questions about any of the images, or what we saw there, you can ask in the comments section.

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