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Saturday July 5
Auschwitz & Krakow ( pronounced as we now realise
*Today’s destination is Krakow. But our via point is
Oswiecim – you may not have heard of this place but it is otherwise known by
its German name ‘ Auschwitz’.
We have previously been to another smaller Concentration Camp in Austria and so had an idea of what ...
... a little man made gutter that had tarp on it and a firehose shooting water down it. These kids were running back and forth, doing tricks while an announcer commentated the event in Polish.
It started to pour so we ducked our head in an alley and got out of the rain for a few minutes. When it lightened up again, we continued down the main road and turned left on a side street which looked to be the right place. We found the store - this ...
... us. There was another wall which we came to and there were some headstones which had been secured to the exterior of the wall as well as some plaques in Hebrew. There was also a sign which had a general map of the areas inside the park. We had heard that the Jewish Ghetto cemetery was one of the main places to go so we followed our way there and started out walking down the hill to the left. As soon as we did this we saw some holes in the ground which ...
It was one of those late mornings again but we got going on a quest to find the Jewish ghetto.
In the war Jewish people were only allowed to be in one area of a city that was guarded by the Nazis.
We had real trouble finding our way but had fun doing it. Some of the roads had been dug up so we found ourselves driving through a road works site. It was all quite exciting. We only got hooted at ...
... illustrate the effect better than my descriptions. However, most gripping was a train from the era, with an engine dated 1944, and three of the typical cattle wagons used to carry the human cargo. In a piece of unintentional irony, a notice warned of a maximum of twenty people in the wagon at any one time. There were no such Health and Safety concerns in the 1940s, when hundreds were crammed into these tiny spaces in entirely unimaginable wretchedness.
There is also a ...