Oswiecim Poland Birkenau (Auschwitz II) 1993 guidebook

Birkenau building 15 (Auschwitz II) 1993


Wooden barracks Birkenau (Auschwitz II) 1993 | ©2015

Tracks Birkenau (Auschwitz II) 1993

"in block mützen ab!" wooden barracks Auschwitz II-Birkenau 1993

Birkenau (Auschwitz II) 1993 map

Auschwitz I fence and barrack 1993 | ©2015

Dusk outside Auschwitz I  1993




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9 Responses to Remembered

  1. joncrispin says:

    Hank, thank you for doing this. Third photo from the top reminds me of the attic where the suitcases were found.

  2. Hank. says:

    Thanks, Jon. Yeah, it has that feel. We walked the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex (it is 2 separate sites) all day, and I didn’t make many photos. It was just too sad and stark – you get emotionally overloaded really fast and doing anything but walking and witnessing is too much. There were very few other people in the complexes–especially out at Birkenau in sub-zero temperatures. Weirdly, the first sound I heard entering the gates of Birkenau was laughing Germans, two visitors just leaving. After that I was alone for much of several hours wandering around that vast space. I can still picture it all though, the deadly windchill, the vast, vast silence, all the etched and drawn prisoner’s graffiti, all the painted exclamatory statements overhead in that spooky Gothic script. Really banal stuff too, like a wooden “bread delivery” wagon posing as a normal and real everyday thing, and twisted shower heads in the crematoria rubble. When my buddies and I regrouped back at Auschwitz I at the very end of the day, we were the only ones there and absolutely out of our minds hungry all at once. More weirdly, they had a “snack bar” in a sort of “gift shop”–needle ripping cross record sort of moment–and to our surprise we each wolfed down several hotdogs in silence and with what I can only describe as a desperate gratitude.

  3. Lillian says:

    Eternal rest grant unto them oh God. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in thy eternal peace. Amen

  4. Remembered. Powerful photos. Wishing you the best!

  5. Reblogged this on ctbloveshomes and commented:
    L and Hank – you are amazing.

  6. Thank you for remembering and capturing.

  7. Hank. says:

    Hey, it’s so good to hear from you. I’m so sorry to be scarce–let’s catch up this spring already, hey?

  8. Hank. says:

    Big huge aloha to you, my dear!

  9. Jo Woolf says:

    Haunting. I hope that their souls are at rest.

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