This post will be relatively short, but the main reason for my trip to Poland was to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting Auschwitz in person. I have always been so interested in learning about World War II and Nazi Germany that I could not leave Europe without visiting the concentration camp in person. Poland seemed so far away though so I didn’t think I would actually make it there. I had watched countless documentaries about Auschwitz and Birkenau and read many books about what had happened at that horrible place and I never imagined that I would be able to walk the same paths as those who were so cruelly placed into camps and sentenced to death. Nothing could have ever prepared me for what I saw during my tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. I can’t even put into words the emotions that I felt during my time there. It is something that I think you need to experience in order to understand. No TV program or textbook can ever do it justice. What happened inside those gates all those years ago will never be forgotten. We cannot let it be forgotten.