Auschwitz-Birkenau is a series of death camps established in 1940 by Nazi Germany in the suburbs of Oswiecim a polish city that had been annexed by the Third Reich.
Since I took world history in high school I had been fascinated by the personal survival stories of WWII and the aftermath. It was in the last 10 years that I also became increasingly interested in my paternal grandmothers family background that may have been effected by the cruel treatments and mass murders that transpired during this time.
Since I had been living in Germany this past year playing volleyball I thought it would be both educational and spiritual to make the journey to Poland after my season. I am both sad and proud that I have come this far to visit this place. After reading and learning about it I thought I had a pretty good idea, until I stepped foot onto the both camps. The Auschwitz complex was divided into a few camps. I had to take a bus to and from visiting them. Had the Nazi’s not been stopped in the mid 1940s They would have continued to build more camps