- WIlliam Styron | Sophie's Choice
We extended our Balkan road trip to Poland mainly because we wanted to experience and see this place first hand. We know its a horrible place to see but we are very interested in World War II and the Holocaust. It was a gloomy day when we visited, even the weather seems to know and feel what has yet to come, a very emotional journey of reliving the past. Despite watching documentaries and prior knowledge of what to expect here, nothing could really prepare anyone on this poignant experience - of actually seeing this place and witnessing where it actually happened.
We do not want to expound in full detail why this happened, what actually happened here and who are the victims or the perpetrators, because it would take us more than this blog post to explain something this sensitive and this big. That being said, we would like to share one most notable and overwhelming experience we had here. As soon as we stepped in, and walked inside the crematorium, it is such a powerful and moving experience - you can feel the melancholic atmosphere as soon as you enter, and you can't help but imagine the cruelty and monstrosity of what happened. We silently prayed for the souls, while we were inside (out of outmost respect of the victims, we do not have pictures of the gas chamber or the crematorium).
The future is transitory and never guaranteed.
Today is the only thing you can alter for certain.
Make the most of it.”
- Sherrilyn Kenyon | Born of Silence