October 28th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 4: Auschwitz, Birkenau and back to Krakow

The outside of the gas chamber at Auschwitz. The small protrusions on the hill are the vents where the pellets of poison gas were dropped onto the victims below. I toured inside the chamber as well. The furnaces are adjacent.

The main building at Birkenau. Some might recognize the building from the famous scene in Schindler's List. This picture is taken from inside the camp, where the arrivals were first sorted into those who could work and those would die first.

The Holocaust Memorial at Birkenau.

The Church of the Virgin Mary in Krakow's main square. I spent the following day (the 23rd) touring the city, wandering the streets.

The end of the line - the end of the rail spur in Birkenau. In the far distance you can see the main building. The camp is enormous - up to 90,000 prisoners were kept here at one time.

To celebrate the 750th anniversary of the city there were performances on the main square, although this particular event (traditional Polish songs and dances) is a regular one each year.

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