An update from Kenneth, a sophomore majoring in music and English, with minors in history and Spanish:

Graffiti on Płaszów site

Graffiti on Płaszów site

Our visit today was really frustrating. The site of the former concentration camp Płaszów is today quite close to the city center of Kraków. It has several memorials but is used mostly as a public park. As we were lighting our candle of remembrance, a jogger passed right by us, click-clacking his jogging poles as he went, with not even a second thought or a glance at the memorial. People walk their dogs all over the site, frequently not picking up after them, and there was a large piece of graffiti on a cement structure not 50 yards from the memorial. Overall, this place stands in stark contrast to the other sites we’ve visited, which have all been designated as protected memorial sites. The fact that this place, where thousands of people suffered and died, is being used so nonchalantly and so disrespectfully by the people of Kraków is profoundly disturbing and raises pressing questions regarding the proper memorialization of these sites.