Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

August 20, 2016 at 9:08 am 10 comments

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Location: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

It caught my eye while visiting the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in the German-occupied Poland where thousands of Jews and Non-Jews alike were exterminated by the Nazis in World War II.

Unintended or by design, this set of flowers, surrounded by barbed wires, indicated that beauty could bloom even in the most dire of situations.

Right there and then, I decided to take its picture. I thought that was the least I could do to preserve its memory long after it was gone.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. stenoodie  |  August 20, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great capture!

    • 2. plaridel  |  August 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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  • 5. Zee  |  August 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Ah. Such a meaningful photo ! A very thoughtful interpretation of the challenge Plaridel

    • 6. plaridel  |  August 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm


      thank you. no one who visited that place would be left untouched by the tragedy that happened there.

  • 7. Stefan Komar  |  August 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    There were no concentration camps in “Poland”. There were camps in “German occupied Poland”.
    The terms “Poland”, “Germany” and “German occupied Poland” are not interchangeable. They are significantly different geo-political entities.

    As the son of a member of the Polish underground whose unit “Zoska” was acknowledged
    by Yad Vashem for saving 350 Jews during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising I would like to point
    out that calling any German concentration camp in German occupied Poland “POLISH”, or referring to a German concentration camp in occupied Poland as “in Poland”, “of Poland,” or “Poland’s,” is insensitive to the families of the millions of ethnic Poles who were killed, forced into slave labor, tortured, maimed, terrorized and starved during the brutal and inhuman occupation of Poland by Germany in the name of “Deuthschland, Deutschland Uber Alles” and “Lebensraum” for Germans. It is insensitive to a nation that rejected repeated overtures by Hitler to join the German Nazis in an alliance against the Soviets and did much to defy German Nazism, at extreme cost, from the beginning of WW II until the end. The camps were “German” and they were in German occupied Poland.

    Please change the text and please stop revising history through imprecise wording.

    FYI: The proper reference to the GERMAN camps would be:
    – Museum/Memorial of the GERMAN camp in PRESENT DAY Poland
    – Museum/Memorial of the GERMAN NAZI camp in PRESENT DAY Poland
    – GERMAN camp in occupied Poland
    – GERMAN Nazi camp in occupied Poland
    – GERMAN camp in Nazi occupied Poland
    – Nazi camp in GERMAN occupied Poland
    – GERMAN Nazi camp in German occupied Poland

    Thank You
    Stefan Komar

    • 8. plaridel  |  August 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm


      Thank you for bringing this up. I think the reader assumes that this camp was built by the germans during their occupation of poland and saying that the polish people had nothing to do with it would complete the narrative.

      • 9. Stefan Komar  |  August 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

        Heart felt thanks for making the change.

        • 10. plaridel  |  August 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm


          you’re very welcome. 🙂


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