This is the other concentration camp in Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz II. Birkenau was specifically built for extermination and is a much more depressing sight than the original Auschwitz. I’ll post more from Birkenau. This pic is just a fence but when you think of the fact that hundreds of thousands of people suffered and died behind it for no reason at all less than a century ago…well it becomes more than just a fence.
Auschwitz was originally built for political prisoners so it doesn’t look as depressing as Birkenau, another big camp close to it. But it still is a very sad place. There were a few people on the guided tour who couldn’t hold their tears and from what I’ve heard and seen it’s a common sight around these buildings. Some of my friends visited the camp in winter when it was full of snow and apparently it gives for even a more depressing environment. It’s hard to imagine how people were forced to live in dreadful conditions throughout harsh polish winters.