Kenopsia (noun): The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.
I want to keep this one short, but think it is extremely important to have a stand alone entry. On our way out of Munich heading to Prague, we made a stop at the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany. It’s located about 10 miles outside of Munich and was built to force labor and imprison Jewish, German, and Austrian criminals, then eventually foreign nationals from countries that Germany invaded. The camp was liberated by U.S. forces in May of 1945.
I did not take any pictures out of respect for the memorial, but I recommend taking a visit to a concentration camp while traveling abroad. There is an ominous feel at every turn of the camp, as if you can still feel the lives that ended there still lingering.
For more information, check out https://www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/index-e.html
I had the opportunity to walk around the camp with my friend, Sydney. It was extremely emotional for her because she is tied so closely to her Jewish heritage. As we walked through the gates to head back to the bus, she said “we are so lucky we are able to leave”.