Three individuals took part in each session of the experiment:
Two weeks ago I finally made the trip for myself, and joined the crowds of tourists flooding through the gates of Auschwitz. On the one hand, I was excited to be visiting a site which had played such a pivotal role in the course of twentieth century history; however, the very real horror of the death camps became more palpable the closer we got.
A part of me was scared that my excitement would give itself away, that I would get lost in taking photos and somehow fail to show the due respect.
The sheer magnitude of the massacre was simply too hard to comprehend. We took a shuttle bus from the airport into Katowice, one of the larger and more industrious cities in the south of Poland.
As we worked our way around information desks at the station, tentatively asking for tickets to Auschwitz in subdued voices, it occurred to me how inappropriate it was that we should be asking for the town by its German name.
There was no rebuttal, no condemnation, merely a friendly indication of preference. I spent the journey gazing out the window, watching the urban sprawl wash by; soot encrusted terraces, smokestacks, derelict factories and forlorn towers passed us in a blur of brick and steel.
Surrounded by forest, this picturesque town can trace its history back through a millenium of kings and dukes. A shame then, that it is best known for the events which took place here in the mid-twentieth century.
The first lay to the south, while the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was just a short distance to the west. After a quick meal in a diner beside the tracks, we set out on foot to our first destination: Concentration Camp The vast majority of visitors to Auschwitz arrive at the camp on tour buses rather than public transport.
As a result it was a strange contrast to wander the streets of a sleepy Polish town, only to turn the final corner and enter a bustling car park filled with noisy crowds of foreign tourists.
As we approached the entrance people were pushing past us this way and that, clustering around tour guides or queuing up to collect the audio-guide headsets offered in an extensive range of different languages.
Entry to the Auschwitz camp is free of charge, but at this stage it was hard to even ascertain where the entrance was. Eventually we managed to beat the queues, declining the offer of a guide, and stepped out into a grassy courtyard flanked by austere red brick buildings.
In those early days the camp was used to house Polish prisoners, with a first transport of Poles arriving by train on 14th June.
Wooden watchtowers looked down on the thoroughfare from either end, while double barriers of electrified barbed wire separated the compounds from one another. Rudimentary gallows had been erected to one side of the path for executions. The visitors were more spread out here, some moving slowly in groups while others, like myself, chose to explore the bleak paths and alleyways alone.
Even in the early days of Auschwitz conditions were harsh, as the SS developed increasingly cruel treatments for prisoners who stepped out of line. Most of these punishments took place in the infamous Block Many of these buildings are now open to the public, containing museum-style exhibitions detailing different aspects of prison life.
One building was dedicated to the stories of Belgian inmates, another to the Hungarians. Opened on 13th June — just two weeks before my own visit — the exhibition is dedicated to Jewish life before and during the Holocaust.
At the Shoah exhibition visitors are given a glimpse of local Jewish culture in those pre-war days, leading into a series of increasingly distressing rooms detailing the worsening conditions in the camps.
In one particularly moving display, images drawn by Jewish children murdered in the camp had been reconstructed by artist Michal Rovner to form one vast collage.
These crude, hand-drawn images told a story that facts and figures alone could never hope to deliver with such impact. Many of these exhibitions felt like an exercise in driving home the reality of the figures involved.
One room in a building dedicated to French victims was lined with framed photographs; countless faces peering out from sepia shots, some posed formally, others at play. In one of the Shoah rooms a book had been created which listed all the names of the victims of the Holocaust.
The resultant tome was several metres deep, and took up the greater part of the room.In , Stanley Milgram, a professor of psychology at Yale University, designed and conducted a series of very controversial experiments to test one’s limits of obedience (Milgram ).
Milgram wanted to measure participants’ willingness to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience.
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