Travel Blogs from Oswiecim, Poland

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Auschwitz concentration camp, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz concentration camp

A travel blog entry by eric

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Hello everybody, I almost scratched Auschwitz off my itinerary - too depressing.  Fortunately, I didn't!  A tour here is somber and horrifying to say the least.  But also very powerful emotionally.  I hesitate to call it the ...

Birkenau extermination camp, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Birkenau extermination camp

A travel blog entry by eric

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Hello again, Just a few kilometers away from Auschwitz is Birkenau.  Remember the famous guard tower and dividing platform from Schindler's List?  The Nazis deported hundreds of thousands of prisoners by train to Birkenau.  I wasn't aware ...

Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz-Birkenau

A travel blog entry by charity_cycle

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... , 90% of them Jews. I now firmly believe that everyone should visit these camps and see for themselves. Cycling towards Oswiecim I crossed several railway tracks, I thought about the wagon loads of people deported to Auschwitz. Oswiecim is the original ...

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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(C) I really can't bring myself to write anything about this place.  It is the most profoundly evil place I have ever been and I just can't believe people actually built it knowing what it was used for.  I was surprised that Auschwitz seemed so ...

Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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2.7.06 Oswiecim The north of Poland is poorer than the south it seems to me. With a population of 36 million people we did not find it over crowded as the area of Poland is over 323,250 sq kilometers. The kids are on school holidays now and it's ...

Auschwitz., Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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Poland the final frontier..., Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Poland the final frontier...

A travel blog entry by piholland

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... it didn't happen so it would be a small ambition finally achieved. The route we had taken quite accidentally took us through Oswiecim, more commonly referred to as Auschwitz, we had planned to visit Auschwitz this time but we thought it was closer to ...

He who does not remember history is ..., Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

He who does not remember history is ...

A travel blog entry by catmoj

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"He who does not remember history is destined to repeat it" The infamous Aushwitz (Oswiecim)- Birkenau concentration camps are situated an hour or so from Krakow. Travelling by train it was hard not to envision the cattle cars moving along the ...

Unspeakable evil in Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Unspeakable evil in Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Oswiecim, Poland Prague time +0hrs Days to get to Prague - 1 "We must free the German nation of Poles, Russians, Jews and Gypsies" - Otto Thierack, Minister for Justice of the Third Reich "Jews are a race that must be totally ...

Auschwitz, Oswiciem, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by danblank

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... advanced on Poland and into Germany. For the most part, the museums were really good, especially an excellent exhibit on Poland's WW II history, including the underground struggle and life in the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow. There were also some moving ...

Auschwitz - Birkenau., Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz - Birkenau.

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... camps are about a 2 hour drive from the beautiful city of Krakow. You won't find Auschwitz on a Polish map but rather Oswiecim which is the town name. Auschwitz is the German name for the actual camps. We took a guided tour of both Auschwitz 1 and ...

Bea's Home Town, Chełmek, Poland travel blog

Bea's Home Town

A travel blog entry by sailormanjake

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Auschwitz - Birkenau, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz - Birkenau

A travel blog entry by finntopson

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Got up at 7.30 and managed to get the train this time to Auschwitz. The train took about an hour and a half to Oswiecim, or as the Nazis renamed it - Auschwitz. It's not the biggest of the three camps in the area, but it's the one that has all the museum ...

Oswiecim, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Oswiecim

A travel blog entry by carpefeline

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... has also been reconstructed or revitalized or revamped for it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and also a big tourist draw for Poland. I wanted to visit because I am a believer in knowing the history that has come before so that we don’t make ...

The shame that has impacted the World ...Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

The shame that has impacted the World ...Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by patandjill

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... , gypsies, etc." In the 1940's, Hitler began in his campaign slowly taking over the eastern European nations, one of which was Poland, who at the time had a huge Jewish population (that's AT THE TIME). Krakow, once populated with a majority of jews, has ...

Auschwitz-Birkenau by day, then a night in Krakow, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz-Birkenau by day, then a night in Krakow

A travel blog entry by ejabbour

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... .  After a Polish continental breakfast, which consists of yes-more Kielbasa, Katrina's cousin picked us up for a day trip to Oswiecim, home the Auschwitz Museum.     After about an hour drive, we came up to the main gate of the ...

Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by brookeandnick

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... tone well. Although a visit to a concentration camp isn't fun or pleasant, it is an important thing to do on a trip to Poland, or Europe in general. It's a reminder of the horrible things people are capable of, and of how important it is that nothing ...

Aushwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Aushwitz-Birkenau

A travel blog entry by davefrendy

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This morning we woke and had breakfast downstairs in the hotel. There was quite a bit for me as Polish breakfasts are cheese and cold meats and salads. Rachel had some bread, though they didn't have a toaster so she had to have it cold, and some yogurt. ...

Auschwithz - Birkenau, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwithz - Birkenau

A travel blog entry by tannas

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This deserves its' stand alone blog as it is such a sensitive topic and a moving place.I don't want to take the mood down, and it wont, but it just should not be in amongst other tales as this place puts things in perspective and needs to retold ...

Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by amberenrutger

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Auschwitz, Auschwitz, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by gustn

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Smiling and nodding, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Smiling and nodding

A travel blog entry by mariamr

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... made up a majority of the town before the war (7,000), but today there are no Jews here at all (the last Jewish resident of Oswiecim died in 2000). I'll keep you posted on the work. Now I'm off to Krakow, so I won't post another entry until Tuesday or ...

What I do at the Jewish Center, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

What I do at the Jewish Center

A travel blog entry by mariamr

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... the experience of French prisoners. Jehanne and Helene are working jointly on a painting and poetry presentation of their impressions of Oswiecim for display here at the Center. When my project is finished, I'll post the text and photos in a travelogue ...

Auschwitz Extermination camp., Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz Extermination camp.

A travel blog entry by 92.days.vagrant

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... I would do when I first started learning about them as a child. Now I am here… After leaving Warsaw we drove to Oswiecim, the town of Auschwitz (named the latter by the Nazis during their occupation). Dan had located a camping which also acted as a ...

My Polish Home, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

My Polish Home

A travel blog entry by mariamr

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Dear friends, I'm posting this entry for family and friends who might be interested in seeing my living space - please feel free to skip it! I'm uploading photos of the building and inside of the apartment the four of us share here at the International ...

Auschwitz I, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz I

A travel blog entry by mariamr

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Dear friends, On Wednesday, our group spent the day touring the archives, national exhibitions, and collections at the Auschwitz State Museum. It was an incredible opportunity to go behind the scenes and be able to see how the information and artifacts ...

Oswiecim is not Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

Oswiecim is not Auschwitz

A travel blog entry by mariamr

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... to an ordinary town named Oswiecim - the prewar Oswiecim and the Oswiecim of today. Now a moderately prosperous city in south-central Poland, Oswiecim has become one of the most important tourist sites in the country, but few if any of these visitors pay ...

Sobering day, Auschwitz, Poland travel blog

Sobering day

A travel blog entry by chrisab14

Today was a very surreal and sobering day. Auschwitz. As everyone Im sure knows Auschwitz was one of the largest and most deadly concentration camps that the Nazis created. 1.5 Million Jews alone died here, not to mention the other victims that died ...

A Home for Pawelek, Oswiecim, Poland travel blog

A Home for Pawelek

A travel blog entry by mariamr

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Dear Friends, Yesterday as I was leaving the Jewish Center, I came upon a tiny black-and-white kitten sitting perfectly still on the sidewalk watching the cars rush past. He didn't move as I approached to pick him up, and he stayed completely quiet on ...

Auschwitz-Birkenau, Auschwitz, Poland travel blog

Auschwitz-Birkenau

A travel blog entry by lamotl2014

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Auschwitz-Birkenau In preparation for the Worldwide March of the Living tomorrow, we travelled from Warsaw to Oswiecim, the town in which Auschwitz-Birkenau is located. It is a 5+ hour drive so this required an early (5am) wake up and 7am departure. On ...

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