A visit to the Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi Concentration Camp that saw the murder of 1,100,000 people is more heart-breaking than you can imagine.
While I have neither the authority nor the ability to appropriately explain the story of Auschwitz and the horrors that went on here, I want to share my experience in the way that I do best: through photographs.
When visiting the Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau, you should book a guided tour. The 3.5 hour tour will take you to both the concentration camp at Auschwitz I and the death camp at Auschwitz II or Birkenau. The tour guides are exceptional - they give a moving, heart-wrenching tour that teaches you everything there is to know about the history of the camp.
"If we forget, the dead will be killed a second time." - Elie Wiesel
The tour begins with a ten-minute film preparing you for what you're about to see, showing photographs taken by the SS during WWII. Tours leave regularly and are available in multiple languages, which you will hear through headphones so that the guides can speak quietly and you don't need to all be gathered together in a group. You will spend about 1.5 hours in Auschwitz I before traveling by free shuttle to Birkenau for another 1 hour tour there.
Logistics aside, here is my visual experience of visiting one of the darkest places in history: