Life’s Beauty

It’s amazing how so much can happen in such a short amount of time. We have been back in the US for a little while now and it still seems as if it were just yesterday that we were walking the streets of Poland.That trip was absolutely amazing and so wonderful. I am so happy that we were all able to have the opportunity to be there and experience it.

One of the main things that really touched me that we saw on the trip was Auschwitz. Throughout high school we were taught about the Holocaust and told to write papers over it. During my junior year we spent three weeks learning only about World War II in all of our classes and it helped shed a great light as to what had happened during that time period. We watched clips from movies like Schindler’s List and viewed pictures online. We read several books and discussed the things that they had done to the Jewish people. The fact that I went to a Christian school made the topic of the Holocaust seem that much more sacred. In eigth grade, we took a trip to Washington D.C. and visited the Holocaust Museum. The whole time we were there, I remember being incredibly sad and so shocked at the atrocities that had been done. I never once imagined that I would ever be able to be in the actual location where this aweful crime took place.

Entering Auschitz and seeing the camp was an overall life changing experience. Being there and walking through the place were so many innocent people had once walked to their deaths was incredibly difficult and moving at the same time. I can’t fully explain to you what it was exactly like to be there. I could never truly put it in to words and pictures would never give it enough justice. After speaking with one of the surviors there, he told us a very impacting quote. He said, “These pictures can’t scream.” With hearing that, it really made me realize and come to grasps with the fact that this had actually happened. These awful things had really been done to these innocent people.

In light of this whole experience, it allowed me to realize and come to grasps with the fact that life is so precious. Each day is a blessing from the Lord and we should never take anything for granted. This experience was completely eye opening in the way that it helped me to see what the most important priorities in my life should be. I wouldn’t have traded this amazing trip for anything.

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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