This doesn’t really belong here but …

Posted: May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

I don’t know where else to put it. I suppose I could make some sort of police link to it but I won’t.

Three days ago I was standing and walking around Dachau concentration camp.

I have never been to one before and despite having heard of the experiences of other people, felt prepared but nothing could have prepared me for how I felt during and probably just as significantly, afterwards.

Often when I visit historical sites, like many other people, I like to take photographs. At Dachau, my camera never left my bag. I didn’t want to take any photographs. I just wanted to be allowed to be in a quiet place. The visiting school kids spoilt this to start off but thankfully, they moved away. I can’t tell you what I thought about because I can’t remember thinking. I was just there, silent, in awe,unable to verbalise anything. There were no words I could force out even when I tried to think of something to say as some way of expressing the experience. All I can manage even now is that I was there and still can’t explain anything.

For someone who want to write or someone keen to travel the world, it seems a pretty poor show that I am stumped and have no where to put this. But this is my blog so I have given myself permission to add it here, sort of a guest post. Maybe I’ll write a few more guest posts that don’t necessarily belong here but as its my blog, it’s my rules. Hope you don’t mind.

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  1. Justine Budenz says:

    Send a guest blog any time. I only got as far as Berlin, and found it a deeply emotional experience. And it is a reminder of just how horrendous crime can be.

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  2. I’m glad you posted this, Kevin. The concentration camps are something we all need to remember, always. And your timing is appropriate with the 70th anniversary of VE Day being celebrated now.

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  3. Bren says:

    Some how this is all the more moving because you couldn’t find the words to describe how it affected you.

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