This mostly wordless post is because I don’t really have words. Auschwitz and Birkenau are two stark reminders of World War II. Of the holocaust. Of concentration camps, extermination camps and of man’s cruelty. After being evacuated in January 1945, the Polish government turned them into a state museum in 1947. A visit to them is moving, horrific, eye opening and so many many more things. Photos are allowed throughout most of the site but not of all displays, not of the most horrific ones. Not of the two tonnes of human hair from victims, not of many other things. Here are some of the pictures I took. I’ve tried to include the explanations of what you’re seeing where possible. The clear sunny day contrasts with the dark stormy history.