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Dukinfield councillor experiences ‘poignant’ Auschwitz visit
Friday 11th November 2016 @ 17:24 by Adam Higgins
Community Dukinfield News

Dukinfield councillor Brian Wild visited Auschwitz this week, to begin commemorations in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.

The councillor was visiting the concentration camp in Krakow, Poland, during a leisure trip, and – so close to Remembrance Day – he looked back on what was an eye-opening trip for him.

“It was a very poignant experience. The feeling there was very dark and depressing – it was quite upsetting.” Brian said.

“There was so many different cultures present, and I think that it’s important that future generations understand what happened there – and why we must remember how we can learn from our mistakes from the past.”

For Cllr Wild, the visit to Auschwitz went further than just being a trip, but an expression of the fallen victims of war, and putting into perspective the importance of Remembrance Day.

He said: “Auschwitz was not just a part of Polish history, but a huge part of world history. It brings it home to you exactly how lucky we are to have not suffered the same fate here in the UK.

“All the original equipment is still there. It’s very eerie, but the area has been well looked after. It supports the area its based in by being somewhat of a tourist destination, which helps bring in more revenue for the town. So it’s not all bad.”

Cllr Wild even got himself a postcard (pictured) to remember his time there.

“The photo shows the gates leading into the gas chamber. The image itself is very scary and again feels very eerie to look at,” he added.

“It really is a once in a lifetime experience. I advise anyone who’s ever wanted to visit to go, you won’t regret it.”

 

By Dan Willis