Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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As I drove away from Auschwitz, I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I felt angered. This type of beauty should not be in a place filled with so much despair. Going to visit one of the most deadly concentration camps was an experience I will never forget. It is the only place I have ever been to that I have no desire to return. As we pulled up, tears rushed down my faced. But as we took our tour, I felt a sense of numbness. I remember distinctly telling myself over and over, “Over a million people died here.” But my mind just couldn’t comprehend it. I couldn’t feel the pain I thought I should feel. I have never encountered anything before that held so much pain. Auschwitz is a dark place full of horror and it should always be a place of despair. However, I like to think that the sunset was a way to honor and acknowledge all of the victims who unfairly lost their lives at Auschwitz.

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