We visited Aushwitz in Poland before we entered into Ukraine....on foot. This is a picture of us standing in front of the famous sign, which reads, "Work makes you free".
The day we were there was a cold, dark, dreary day. It set the tone and mood for our visit. The rain was slightly drizzling as we made our way through the town of Aushwitz. As we breathed, we could see our breath every so slightly.
The town is actually a very interesting town regarding its architecture. Trees line the paths that were scattered through out the entire complex. Cobblestone streets, brick buildings, located in the back-country of Poland. Very European feeling.
We had roughly two hours to see the entire complex, where you could spend days there. It was frustrating to be in a hurry, but what we experienced there will never be forgotten. Despite our short visit, we were able to understand, more fully, what went on there. All our lives and all throughout elementary, middle, and high school, we studied and read about the holocaust and the concentration camps. It's one thing to read about it and see pictures of it, but it's another thing to actually see it first hand. I learned more there in two hours than I did in ten years of schooling.