It appears to be nothing more than a complex of fortified walls and barbed wire, but it’s the site of one of the most horrific genocides in human history. The walls and fields of the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, respectively, have a bloody history that casts a sombre cloud over these sites. Barracks, gallows, gas chambers, cremation ovens… these are the elements that make up this concentration camp.

As sombre of an experience as it is, everyone with an appreciation for history and humanity needs to visit this place while in Poland. Usually, I would write more about any place I have visited, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.