My husband and I have studied the Holocaust for the past few years, and for the first time in July, I'll have a chance to meet up with him on a business trip to Warsaw. It will be a short trip and we'll pack in some touring of Warsaw (the old city, the ghetto, etc. on one day,,,any other "must sees"? we are open to all suggestions!).
But...on our one remaining full free day, we would like to do either a day trip to Auschswitz-Birkenau (the tour company we are looking at adds the option for seeing some of Krakow at the end of that trip) or a day trip to Treblinka. I know both camps will be poignant and well worth seeing but we only have time to do one of these trips. I think we are leaning toward the Auschwitz trip because so much of the camp is still intact and I think we would get a better sense of how life there must have felt. It's a very long day, though, roundtrip out of Warsaw, but that's OK.
I would be very interested to see Treblinka, as this is where the Polish Jews from the ghettos were largely sent to be exterminated. It is also closer to Warsaw. However, my understanding is that the Nazis destroyed the original buildings at Treblinka so what is left today s a somber memorial of the horrific things that took place there.
Can anyone chime in with thoughts that might help me make the decision between these two tours?