The unimaginable atrocities committed by the Nazi regime against Jews, political opponents, the disabled and other groups deemed “undesirable” is something I have only encountered in books. It is one thing to read about it, but something entirely different to see it in person.
The site today is quite large, yet only represents only 15% of the original camp in its entirety, not including 100 satellite camps. After you walk through the gates of the watchtower, past the iron wrought ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign, you are standing in the roll call area, which was surrounded by a semi-circle of prisoner barracks. Straight ahead lies a memorial, and the Soviet special camp behind it. To the right you can walk into the pathology barracks and the prison, and to the left are the infirmary, mass graves, and ‘Station Z’ crematorium and gas chamber.
Visiting such a place is difficult to explain, so I hope to leave you with an impression of what I saw in photographs I took at the site.