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January 14, 2015

Bringing flowers to Auschwitz — is this allowed?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:52 am

Every day, I check my blog stats to see what search terms have led visitors to my blog.  This tells me what subjects people are interested in reading about.  The favorite search term is “gas chambers.” I have written many blog posts about the Nazi gas chambers, a subject that people can’t seem to get enough of.

Today, I noticed that someone searched for information on bringing flowers to Auschwitz.

Here is the short answer:  If you want to place flowers at the Black Wall in the main camp, you can buy them from a flower shop located there. There is also a book store, at the main camp, where you can choose from a wide selection of books and postcards.

Tourists may place flowers at the "black wall" at the Auschwitz main camp

Tourists may place flowers at the “black wall” at the Auschwitz main camp

International monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

International monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau is a favorite place for flowers

The flower shop at the Auschwitz main camp is a lucrative business, so there might be a rule that you can’t pick flowers on the roadside and bring them into the camp. There are now 1.5 million visitors to Auschwitz, so that would mean a lot of flowers being brought in by tourists.

Flowers purchase in a flower shop at Auschwitz and placed on the monument at Birkenau

Flowers purchased in the Auschwitz main camp were placed on the monument at Birkenau in 2005

The last time that I visited Auschwitz was in 2005.  I walked from “the gate of death” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, all the way to the International Monument at the end of the road. It was early in the morning, and I was virtually the only tourist there. I wanted to take some photos before the crowds arrived.

When I got to the International Monument, I was horrified to see that the clean-up crew had removed most of the flowers and the votive candles, placed there only the day before. I suppose that this is necessary because each day a new crowd of tourists arrives to place more flowers and candles. With over 1.5 million tourists visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2014, there must have been a lot of flowers left there.

On my visit to the Birkenau camp in 2005, there was no place there to eat. I am not sure if that has changed.  The book store had a few candy bars and one could buy a very small cup of coffee or hot chocolate from a vending machine, but that’s all. I had to schedule my time each day so that I could always eat lunch at the main camp.

In 2005, there was a small snack stand near the entrance to the parking lot at the main camp where tourists could buy a “hot dog.”

Inside the Visitor’s Center at the main camp in 2005, there was a snack bar where one could buy cookies, peanuts, cokes, candy bars, pizza, etc. There were tables and chairs nearby where people could eat. Across the street from the Visitor’s Center, there was a Polish restaurant.

The tour groups do not visit some areas of the Birkenau camp, so I was all alone for some time there in 2005. Fortunately, nothing bad happened to me, and I had no problem finding everything on my own, with the aid of a map which I purchased from a taxi driver on the way there.

On my second day there in October 2005, I  first went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. I got there at 8 a.m. and went immediately to the barracks buildings which I had not been able to see the day before because of the crowds of people.

There were two British photographers there, taking some serious pictures for a documentary. I pointed out some interesting features in the barracks to them, which they didn’t know about.

The photos below were taken by me in 2005 at the Quarantine camp, inside Auschwitz-Birkenau, near the entrance through the famous “gate of death.”

The Quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp near the entrance

The Quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp near the entrance

Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau barracks

Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau barracks near the entrance into the camp

A sign inside an Auschwitz-Birkenau barrack building

A sign inside an Auschwitz-Birkenau barrack building

Flowers inside a barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of flowers inside a barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

From the Quarantine camp at the entrance to the Birkenau camp, I walked all the way to the end of the camp, where the International Monument is located.

As I walked along the road, a small cart, that looked something like a golf cart, passed me. There were four women riding in the cart, stopping frequently to pick up the garbage that had been left by visitors the day before.

I thought about asking these women for a ride to the end of the camp, which is about a mile from the entrance, but I didn’t. It occurred to me that the camp should provide carts for older visitors. A trip around the whole Birkenau camp is about 4 miles.

To sum up, bring flowers to Birkenau if you must, but in my humble opinion, this would be a waste of time and money.

 

 

 

8 Comments »

  1. This has nothing do with flowers. Maybe we should listen to the Jews. Jewish author sheril-Klein Carsh. She’s had a spiritual journey with an alien named frank ( she better watch out. Frank is a Germanic name). Frank is from the star Sirius. If frank can survive on a star,he’s doing damn good. Frank changed her life forever. He prepared her for future missions. Missions dealing with what…………..tolerance and holocaust education! What else ? Well. I hope all the aliens are in agreement with the holocsust taking place. If not and they show up here,BAM ! Off to the “Graybar” hotel they go. All this time I thought Mel Brooks and Don Rickles were the only Jews with a sense of humor. Hey as much as the Jews insult our intelligence,we could use a bit of humor here

    Comment by Tim — April 24, 2015 @ 7:07 am

  2. Leave flowers for the “truth”. The way everybody has twisted the facts for their own purposes,the truth most certainly has died

    Comment by Tim — April 23, 2015 @ 11:37 am

  3. British photographers

    This reminds me of a David Irving speech:

    Smear Campaigns to Stifle Truth in History

    In it he reveals he has been banned from Auschwitz; he is also not allowed to use the archives. Probably because he publicly claimed the gas chamber in the Stammlager was built by the poles after the war (and by implication was never really a gas chamber). He was convicted and fined for this in Germany. I believe he is still not allowed to enter Germany:

    Einreiseverbot für David Irving bleibt bestehen

    Of course he was imprisoned in Austria — he most probably cannot travel to Austria either.

    Comment by eah — January 14, 2015 @ 11:42 pm

  4. “For centuries the ancestors of the Auschwitz martyrs had been hated and exploited.” Now Jews the world over have the upper hand with their banking networks, their Holocaust Industry and their political stooges in parliaments, assemblies and congress. They use the financial power they have gained since l945 to exploit the descendents of the people who hated them. “Third generation Holocaust survivors” now demand reparations from the grandchildren of Germans who died in WWII defending their country from Judeo-Bolshevism. Jews are holding history hostage with their Holocaust Rembrance racket. In the USA there are Holocaust memorials in all 52 states, sometime even more than one. No Americans died in Auschwitz yet we must all “Never Forget” it because rich Jews in Hollywood and on Wall St. bribe our lawmakers to force us to study and bow down to it. Jews have a unique “Jewish State of Israel” now. They should move their familes and their medieval culture with it’s obsession with suffering to Israel immediately to carry on the war with Muslims there and leave Christian Europe and America alone. Christianity draws a line of distinction. The Cross forces the Jew to identify himself. They hate Christ even more than they hate Hitler – ask yourselves why.

    Comment by who dares wings — January 14, 2015 @ 11:59 am

  5. For centuries the ancestors of the Auschwitz martyrs had been hated and exploited. Now the DEATH CAMP is a business source of profits for the descendants who hated and exploited the Jews. A reason not to buy their flowers which last only few days.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — January 14, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    • Still living in an ethnocentric cloud cuckoo land Wolf!

      The Poles can not seriously be accused of ever having exploited Jews, although the evidence of Jews exploiting Poles is not in short supply:

      American scholar Joseph Emerson Worcester originally published his two volume Geographical Dictionary in 1817, the extract below is from the expanded second edition, published in 1823:

      “POLAND … The constitution has been defined the government of a half a million of men of property, styled nobles, over 1,000,000 Jewish traders, and 13,000,000 slaves. … The Jews comprise the men of business of the country ; the current money is chiefly in their hands, and a great proportion of the land is mortgaged to them.”

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 14, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

      • Wow, great find!

        Comment by blake121666 — January 14, 2015 @ 10:03 pm

      • The part you reference is understandable enough I suppose; but reading through the whole thing is pretty confusing. It’s not clear exactly what he is referring to. This wikipedia reference:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_history_of_Poland

        isn’t very clear to me either. I have to admit that the history of Poland is a huge blind spot to me.

        Comment by blake121666 — January 14, 2015 @ 10:20 pm


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