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    Posted: 12 November 2012 at 1:49pm
Just got back from an extended weekend trip to Krakow.  It was a pretty nice city considering it was rebuilt by the Soviets.  Also, I need to invest in a real camera.

This is the market building in Downtown Krakow.





The Wawel, the Polish royal palace.


Schindler's factory.


Auschwitz


Gas chamber.


Auschwitz-Birkenau


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Pretty cool trip. I'm jealous you are getting to see so much of Europe.

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I don't think I could bring myself to take pictures at auschwitz. Like the 9/11 memorial when I went. It was so weird to be taking pictures but it was so beautiful at the same time. I don't think auschwitz would have that beauty for me.
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Wow man, that looks like it was a pretty good trip. Jealous.
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Originally posted by jmac3 jmac3 wrote:

I don't think I could bring myself to take pictures at auschwitz. Like the 9/11 memorial when I went. It was so weird to be taking pictures but it was so beautiful at the same time. I don't think auschwitz would have that beauty for me.

It's always good to have a reminder of it every now and then.  We took a guided tour, which in my opinion is the only way to do it.  We got a lot of really good information during the tour and got a lot more out of it than if we had done it solo.  
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Yeah there's something unsettling about the bumbag and camera brigade running about a place like Auchwitz. 
Although I would never admonish someone for taking the time to visit and you're right, pictures as a reminder are important to the people who visit.

I have wondered how visiting a place like that would affect me.
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Originally posted by scotchyscotch scotchyscotch wrote:

I have wondered how visiting a place like that would affect me.


Albeit, it's on a scale thousands of times smaller, Glencoe?
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Things like that haven't bothered me too much. I mean I can hardly move for battlefields and the like. I would say a place like Auchwitz would get me on a more "Holy crap that could have been me" The end result was the same for the people involved but the fact you could be in a room so infamous as the gas chamber. To see the custom built facilities for industrial scale death and the fact the events are still in living memory. 

Glencoe or the Dunoon massacres fit into a different part of my mind I reckon. As the history gets whittled down to the big events it almost seems par for the course to have the odd massacre in the days of the Macdonalds, Campbells and Lamonts. Obviously still a pretty rough time for the victims of the events but it doesn't have the contemporary edge of the holocaust.
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