Europe 20151:07 PM
Four countries, well technically five, in 13 days left me in somewhat of a fog. I awakened ready to go at 3:00am for a solid week upon my return and let me just tell you as a homeschooling mom of four, that is never a good combination. Thank goodness that jet lag is temporary and I have now managed
to return to a somewhat normal sleeping pattern. With all the re-adjusting and the homesick nights where I missed my babies so much (and boy did I ever) this trip changed my life in so many ways. Although I am unable at this time to reveal the entire goal and purpose in taking this journey, if it is The Lord's will I look forward with great anticipation and much prayer that our efforts will be for His Glory and made known to all of you for the building up of your faith along with ours. With that being said, let the tour begin…
Krakow, Poland was our first stop and we traveled to one of the hardest locations on this trip for me to take in. I was not prepared for the emotion that would take over me arriving at Auschwitz Concentration Camp. We arrived there on October 7, which happened to be the anniversary of the very day in which this camp began operation in 1941. It truly was gut wrenching and very likely one of the saddest events to have ever taken place in human history. The likes to which they tortured these people is nothing short of animalistic, barbaric, and utterly depraved. When God is removed from a society the results are always staggering.
|The Entrance above this horrific place states that "work will make you free" They were anything but free.|
|The camp orchestra had to assemble here to play marches as the prisoners filed past. This was to help keep them in step and easier to count them as they went to and from work.|
|This is where mass execution style shootings took place on a daily basis here at Aushcwitz|
|one of the many many cells occupied by prisoners. Some were even made to stand in cells so small that they couldn't even sit down. They stood up until they starved to death.|
|This tiny whole was their only view to the outside world|
|Furnaces were constructed just outside the gas chambers where the bodies of 100's of thousands of prisoners were burned.|
This photo was taken inside the gas chambers. The prisoners were often told that they were going to be given showers. That was never the case.
The trains loaded down with prisoners would pull up here & unload.