History Revisited. During my Poland visit, my hosts Jan and Monika, took me to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp near Krakow.
During my Poland visit, my hosts Jan and Monika, took me to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp near Krakow. It was one of my most memorable trips and also the most depressing one. Many a Holocaust film was based on the happenings inside these concentration camps, like ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘The Pianist’, ‘Life is Beautiful’ etc. Having seen the concentration camps in these films, I was always curious to see the real place and “be there”. It is a very dismal area and one of the saddest symbols of the tragedy of the 20th Century. Though deeply disheartening, it is an experience not to be missed. After all, as George Santayana said, “The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again”. Just as people who visit Amritsar, also go to Jallianvala Bagh to see the sad traces of the massacre where innocent people were killed mercilessly, in the same way, tourists who go to Krakow in Poland, make it a point to visit the nearby Auschwitz Concentration Camp, which is an important part of Polish History.