So in “Getting there” I posed the question “Would it be disrespectful to post from inside Auschwitz?”
In this blog Twizzles and I are hoping to pass on the feelings and emotions we experience when we visit the various places on our adventure. To start off we will visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, then the salt mines at Wieliczka. After we move on to Chernobyl and the abandoned city of Prypiat. Finally, we’ll visit my uncle in the north who was inside the shipyards in Gdansk when the workers barricaded themselves in and demanded a Trade Union (I’m not going in to that now).
Now, stevetaphouse made a great comment “I think you should aim to take everything in while you’re there and then blog later. If there’s too much to say in one blog, write 2/3shorter ones but above all write it from your heart and remember the experience.”
I think Steve is right, if I try blogging from within the camp then perhaps I might loose sight of what’s around me, or perhaps I might just write “shocking” over and over again.
I’m going to take my notebook into the camp with me. Now don’t anyone expect me to draw something; I’m dreadful at drawing (more’s the pity). What I hope to do, is to perhaps sit somewhere that was significant – the selection ramp sticks firmly in my mind and write how I’m feeling and what I can see. When I post in the evening when we return to Krakow and I’ll quote word for word what I write in my notes.
The more I think about this the more and more trepidation I’m feeling. I’m actually getting a bit scared about going Auschwitz. To see a place where humanity demonstrated how evil it can truly be; every time I try to comprehend how I might feel, I just draw blanks and see some of the photos of the women and children who were mere minutes from the gas chambers.
As I have said before, it deserves the time and respect, and so it shall have it.
I promise not to be so depressing on my next post.
Until then, Much Love