When we first walked into the camp you stand in front of a gate where they all entered the camp grounds. It was so serial to be walking in the same spots these poor people walked in. The camp was huge, as soon as you walked in you could feel the hot sun beating down on you. The thought of these people working and being out in the heat everyday made me sad. When I looked to my left I saw the buildings where the Jews and solders slept, toileted, and ate. On the right I saw what now is the museum that holds artifacts and pictures of the camp. Before it was the main building for officers and behind that was the Jail.
Walking through each of these building was hard, every room had a different story and a different feel. We walked through the jail and saw the small rooms they all had, you could see the dirty and scratched up walls still. That was so hard to hear what happen to those prisoners, and to imagine how they must of felt. After leaving that building we made our way to the buildings that housed many Jews at one time. They had to sleep in bunk beds. They washed at two larger sinks. If someone got sick; it was hard to contain the illness in the living quarters. I moved on down the middle of the two living quarters. On either side of me were outlines of where so many building stood that housed Jews. It was so sad to see how many once stood on that land.
The part that got me the most was the gas chambers. I walked in the opposite way the Jews would have. So, I walked into the building that had the stoves were they burnt the dead bodies. Then I walked into the gas chamber, it's a small room that would hold 100 Jews at a time. If you looked up you could see holes that I think is where they pumped the gas in. After that I walked into the room where the Jews took their clothes off thinking they were going to be taking showers. The room at the end was where they waited to go in. This part hurt me the most to see, they were just so tired and hopeful to get clean, that they didn't think they would be walking into their death.
Munich was very interesting but by far the concentration camp was what impacted me the most on this trip. I will forever hold those images in my mind and hope that our world never becomes like that again.