Even though we "hear" and/or read of the atrocities, for me personally, I must witness.."touch and feel" the events to gain a thourough understanding, or deeper "knowing" of what occured. For me, it leaves a more lasting impression, and always changes me.. for the better.
I made it a point to visit some of the concentration camps growing up, touching the photos, remnants of unforms, the wooden bunks in the barracks, running my fingers over the wood and attempting to "feel" the thoughts and fears.. and the pain, of the occupents there.
But it was the ovens that left the deepest, most lasting impression. One still standing, left in its original place...with a vase of flowers at entrance of the gaping open door... my thoughts and emotions were carried to the depths of darkness and back, my spirit filled with a "knowing beyond knowing". I was profoundly affected, but in a manner which I can only describe as "for the better".