PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU STATE MUSEUM)

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is a memorial and museum in Oświęcim (German: Auschwitz), Poland, which includes the German concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It is devoted to the memory of the murders in both camps during World War II. The museum performs several tasks, among them research into the Holocaust.

From 1955 to 1990 the museum was directed by one of its founders and former inmates, Kazimierz Smoleń.

The areas of remembrance are Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the train ramp between Auschwitz and Birkenau, which was used as a “debarkation-stop” between 1942–1944. The three kilometres between Auschwitz and Birkenau are within walking distance. The museum is situated in several original buildings.

This location tells us that there is more than amusement in our worldwide trek. There is education and memorialization on some of our stops. No clearer message than here in Poland and the Museum in Oświęcim. Write a memorial, an elegy, a depiction of the past atrocities or the current state of a reformed area.

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