I have been researching the history of Auschwitz for about 4 years now, and have finally been able to see it and try and take it in- through my own eyes. Before visiting Auschwitz, you expect to be able to come back with some life affirming insight into how horrible life can be and how much of a symbol somewhere like Auschwitz can be of that despair. For me, it was not like that, there were no overwhelming realisations, just a numbness to everything I was seeing. It is nearly impossible to put into words, and therefore these pictures should summarise what I was thinking, feeling and looking at. A couple of things to note however, these pictures will not, can not, and have not captured the scale and size of Auschwitz Birkenau...which goes on and on and on. Secondly, to me one of the most symbolic signs of Auschwitz Main Camp and Birkenau (apart from the 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign at the entrance to the Main Camp and the Train Tracks at Birkenau) are the Watch Towers, therefore you will notice that I have captured a lot of these in different ways.
(CLICK ON THE FIRST IMAGE TO SEE THEM ON THE PICTURE VIEWER)