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    Lightbulb Poland- visiting Auschwitz

    I have wanted to go to Poland for a very long time now. Actually, I have been wanting to travel to see different locations of Nazi concentration camps and the current memorials/museums that are in each of them. I know it sounds kind of crazy, and like a rather depressing trip, but it has seemed like something I must do in my lifetime.
    Has anyone ever been to Auschwitz or anywhere in Poland for that matter? How was your experience? What are must see and do locations for tourists (relating or not to the Holocaust)?

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    Re: Poland- visiting Auschwitz

    I don't think that trip sounds depressing at all, actually I want to do that as well. I think this is a way to honour those who have fallen victims of a supressive goverment. I'm traveling to Amsterdam this winter (I know it sounds crazy!) and one of the first places I'm planning to visit is Anne Frank's house, I think this is a good place to start for me. I must admit that visiting Anne Frank's house is not one of the main reasons I'm traveling there tho Wish you good luck on your journey.

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    Tourist Visiting Auschwitz

    I don't think it sounds crazy at all. These places had a huge impact on our history (even if you weren't personally related to it at all) so it's only natural that one would like to see them. I've always wanted to go too but ohh... there are so many places to visit and so little time!

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    Why you should visit Auschwitz

    I've never been myself, but my best friend was selected to go for a history trip a couple of years ago. She said it was incredibly emotional, with an eery atmosphere over the whole place. She did get a lot out of the trip though and she liked it from a humanitarian perspective. I don't think it's weird to want to visit at all, I'd like to go some day as well. I think it's one of those places that must be seen to be believed, and can completely change your outlook on life.

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    Re: Poland- visiting Auschwitz

    I went to Auschwitz two years ago. Although I am not directly linked with the events nor do I have relatives that have gone through that incredible ordeal or have survived the Holocaust, it was a very emotional trip for me. I think that everybody should go there, it was like a wake up call for me. When I`ve seen the concentration camps I remember bursting into tears, it really is a shock to the system. I had a tour guide and I recommend you to pick a tour guide, too. You`ll find a lot of things out, even if everything will overwhelm you in the end. As far as I remember there are also plaques with important information scattered around the camp and you can find out a lot of things from them, too.

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    Re: Poland- visiting Auschwitz

    I have always wanted to visit Auschwitz as well but thought people would think I was morbid. I'm glad to know that I am not alone. I also have family in Poland that I have never met before so I would include that in my trip. I don't think I would go alone since, as flamboyant14 pointed out it can be a shock. I think it is an excellent way to show compassion for those who have suffered so horribly.

 

 

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