Auschwitz visit was so harrowing
At their first meeting of the session, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Rutherglen heard about the visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps by Robyn Munn.
She is the daughter of vice- president Karen.
Robyn was selected to go on the visit with a group of advanced history students by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
The group left for Poland unsure of what they were to see and learn.
The first impression was of feeling scared and wary as they were introduced to the barracks within the electrified barbed wire .
Hitler thought he could make the prisoners work themselves to death, given lack of good food or decent living conditions, but this was too slow for him so orders for the death chambers were increased.
He managed to reach half his target for getting rid of Jews and the disabled.
When the visiting group went into the gas chambers, they were upset at seeing so many claw marks on the walls as well as hundreds of names.
At Birkenau they walked part of the railroad that led straight into four gas chambers but these were knocked down when Hitler realised that the allies were approaching.
The visit ended with a memorial service led by a British Rabbi and candles were lit in remembrance of the people who had been dehumanised and murdered.
A very moving start for the Inner Wheel Club session but none of the members would have missed this presentation.
Hell The main entrance to Auschwitz