Auschwitz Concentration Camp
We were preparing to write this post for a very long time. We know Auschwitz Concentration Camp is one of the most often visited place in our home country, Poland.
We know many of you are looking for the tips how to get to Oswiecim. But still, writing about these horrible things is difficult for us…
What’s Auschwitz Concentration Camp?
It’s the place where the greatest number of people were murdered during the Second World War.
More than a million people lost their lives in Auschwitz. But this concentration camp is not only the place of extermination. It’s also a place where thousands of people were suffering hunger, misery and fear. Many people were subjected to inhuman tortures and medical experiments (injecting toxical substances, cruel experiments on pregnant women, twins and dwarfs).
It’s really horrible! We just can’t understand HOW a man could do something like this to another human being…
We often get angry when we hear about the ‘Polish concentration camp’. It’s NOT a Polish Camp! It was situated in Poland but it was founded, led and ruled by the Nazis. Poland didn’t exist during World War II because it was taken by Germany.
How to get there?
The easiest way is to go there from Krakow. There is direct bus from Krakow’s Main Bus Station to Oswiecim.
Below you can find actual (May 2015) timetable.
There are different and depending on the language in which you speak.
The full pricelist you can find here.
1. Do not go there if you do not have strong nerves.
Everything you can read here or see on the photos is NOTHING compared to the reality.
Auschwitz is a dark place, where you can feel death, misery and evil.
You will see tones of human hair that was shaved before entering the gas chamber (later the hair was processed into soap).
You will see hundreds of shoes, prostheses and suitcases. You will see photos of prisoners, all looking the same: skinny, pale faces, bald heads and fear in the eyes.
You will hear horror stories about their lives. So be prepared- it won’t be an easy day for you.
2. Watch ‘The Boy in Striped Pajamas‘ before you go there.
This movie will help you understand the whole subject and what was concentration camp all about.
3. Take your time.
It will take about an hour to get there from Krakow. Visting Auschwitz Concentration Camp will take at least 2 hours.
Don’t hurry. It’s worth to see everything there.