Auschwitz

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  1. Our Bumble

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    Several weeks ago we went to Auschwitz and I have to say, of all the places we have visited no where has left a mark quite like Auschwitz. Weeks after and I still find myself filling up when I think about the camp and all those people who suffered.Despite all the preparation before hand and reading all the reviews nothing quite prepares you for the sheer scale of the place. It was a shock and to some extent, I still feel in shock.

    It was truly heart-breaking but in a strange way, I know it was the right decision to visit both camps.

    If anyone is planning on visiting the site - the UNESCO museum entrance opens at 8am and is free to enter, however, you do need to obtain a entry ticket. This can be downloaded and printed prior to arrival or alternatively you can obtain from a small kiosk at the side of the entrance. Here you can also buy a guided tour for £10 each.

    We stayed in the grounds on a nearby hotel just 5 minutes walk to the camp entrance at cost of £8 per night inc all services. GPS position Oswiecim N050.023122, E019.197964

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  2. Anthea M

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    My 30 year old daughter went and said it was heartbreaking. Even though they had discussed the war at school and with us she said until you visited the camps you didn't realise the enormity of it all. It left a lasting impression on her as she said it is so emotive.
     
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  3. Our Bumble

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    @Anthea M She is right, it is so heart breaking.
     
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    I can only imagine how it must feel to stand there amongst the ghost of so much sadness.. horrific.
     
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    What is really horrifying is it's never stopped.

    How many did we just kill thanks to Tony Blair.

    How many have died due to the Muslim in-fighting.

    What about Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia.

    It just goes on and on.

    Yes, the extermination camps are particularly chilling, I could not go there, but a dead human is a dead human.
     
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  6. Our Bumble

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    @hilldweller I know, you would think we would learn. Why the human race constantly choses to battle and kill is beyond me.
     
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    and to think the philipino president in the last week has publicly stated he wants to be like Hitler and exterminate thousands of drug addicts and dealers
     
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    We went there in the middle of a heatwave yet both of us couldn't stop shivering, it felt so cold.
     
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    What was the name of the hotel you pitched up at please?
     
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    A really sobering experience and a testament to human tolerance something that seems to be faltering in this day and age.Whilst in the area don't forget the unspoilt centre of Krackow and the Wieliczka Salt Mines both world heritage sites.

    Dick
     
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    I guess we are the most ruthless, efficient killers to have evolved on this planet. We'll kill anything including the planet that sustains us.

    Maybe it will take some genetic manipulation to remove the old hunter/killer in us.
     
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    Mankind is like the worse kind of virus Mother Earth could have. Its being so cheerful that keeps me going (y)
     
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    I found Auschwitz to be very moving but very clinical, which I suppose it was meant to be. Buchenwald on the other hand, I've got goose bumps just remembering it.
     
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  14. Our Bumble

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    CDiM this is the link to thier website http://www.cdim.pl/en/oferta/camping

    We initially went to stay on the car park facing the musuem but it didn't feel right. We just got a really bad feeling that the motorhome wasnt safe.
     
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    @Glandwr yes we spent a few weeks in Poland. The northern section in the lakes is extremely beautiful and like you say, Krakow is full of character and charm.
     
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    I went many years ago till this day it is smithing that has never Left me and never will
    Bill
     
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    You have been reading havn't you.

    You could be right.
     
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    Yes Inferno has a great premise but in the wrong hands what a horrific proposition.
     
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    We stayed at

    Centrum Dialogu i Modlitwy w Oświęcimiu

    1 M. Kolbego St.

    32-602 Oświęcim
    Just a few minutes walk away from Auschwitz. It is a hotel/hostel for parties and individuals but allows camping (motorhomes and tents) within its grounds. Stayed there in July and found it great.
     

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    I have visited twice now,once with my daughter and then with hubby,on both occasions I felt cold even though both visits were on warm days.It has an eerie feel about it.
     
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