Sometimes our travels take us to places we never expected to go. Krakow would be one of those places for me.
In 2014, we traveled to Krakow with the sole purpose of visiting Auschwitz. I had serious misgivings about being a tourist to this infamous concentration camp and wrote about the experience here. It felt wrong, it felt disrespectful … but Gilles convinced me that future generations have an obligation to remember, to ensure it never happens again.
Arriving in Krakow, we discovered a beautiful and proud city.
I got lost one morning while out running and stopped to ask for directions. In a heartbeat, I had 3 non-english speaking people around me, pouring over the map I was carrying, using sign language to direct me back to my hotel.
… and visiting Auschwitz?
It was every bit of emotional I suspected it would be. However, the horror of Birkenau disturbed me even more. Gilles is right. It’s important that the world never forgets.