I’ve been conflicted about how to present my photos and experiences from the tour of Auschwitz. It seems inappropriate, somehow, to post my photos online. To be honest, it felt inappropriate to take the photos in the first place, even though our guide assured us that photography is allowed in most parts of the camps. I’m glad I did take the photos, because the experience would almost seem unreal if I didn’t have evidence of it on my camera. And I realize that although this tour is an experience everyone should have at some point in their lifetime, many people will never have the opportunity, so I decided to post my photos here to give people the chance to see it secondhand.
Photos are unedited – it was quite a gloomy day and the natural lighting seemed appropriate.
I can’t begin to put into words what it was like to experience this place. It was by far one of the most powerful, emotional experiences of my life, and it was certainly a sober end to our otherwise fun and pleasant trip. Despite the challenging nature of a tour like this, it’s something everyone should absolutely experience if given the opportunity, so I’m glad that we went. It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
If you’re in Kraków and you’d like to visit Auschwitz, I would recommend the company we used, Gray Line Tours. A guide picked us up at our hostel and the tour was just 105 zloty a ticket for students – a good deal for the package that included an hour-long bus ride to the camps (with a documentary shown on outbound journey) as well as guided tours of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.