Birkenau Feb. 28, 2011
We went to the women’s barracks on the left. The women’s barracks are completely original but the men’s barracks were reconstructed for remberance purposes. Women’s barracks were made out of bricks and had a cement floor, but soon the Nazis realized that it was too expensive to continue using bricks so the men’s barracks were made out of wood and were built upon the ground. During the rain and cold winter months, the ground in the men’s barracks was an actual swamp. You could see green grass growing in the camp but we were told that during the 1940’s there was absolutely NO green grass…no color whatsoever.
B3 is the men’s barracks and most of them were destroyed or broken down for materials at the end of the war. They reconstructed a couple buildings to perserve history and we had time to go look in them but I just couldn’t do it.
The chill in the air was unblievable. It was at least 10 degrees colder than at Auschwitz and it was a constant reminder of the conditions during the war. They say that spirits/ghosts make themselves known by dropping the temperature of the room. I am not sure if I was unbelievably cold because the weather was simply cold or because I was
surrounded by the spirits of those that lost their lives. Many people don’t believe in ghosts or spirits but after visiting this place, I cannot see how you cannot believe in them. The only sounds you hear is silence and all you feel is cold. Just like Auschwitz, the feelings I had were overwhelming, even more so than Auschwitz. It wasn't a happy day, but it was a life changing day. We cannot EVER forget what happened during the Holocaust and it is sad that genocides are still taking place in the world. If we don’t learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it!