Hostel Rynek 7
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... the war they started using wood so only the chimney remained. Buildings of 70 toilets (hole with a bucket) with prisoners sitting back to back, buildings with bunks of straw with 8 in each bunk, with Dysentry leaking through, all surrounded by lookout huts towering above the barbed wire fences keeping them in. Both gas chambers and crematoriums had been blown up prior to being liberated in their place memorials have been built. It was an incredible, moving place but ...
Yes here we are again. Still from Poland.
Sooo much more to say but truly I could not get it all down in words.
Not enough hours in the day!
Our weather is still very humid.
Nobody has air conditioning and so there is not a lot of difference from outside to inside.
Well that is not quite true, but is is Summer right?.
Our emotional roller coaster continues and each day brings us more excitement and more news about the family.
... to the meeting point. The tour starts by walking to the Jewish quarter along the same path that the Jewish people took after being forced to leave the city, well prior to the war, and briefly visits a synagog. We all sat on the wide steps listening to the tour guide, who was much better, and she was talking about how during the crusades the Christians attacked Jews and... then something about the divider between the men and the women in the synagog. What? ...
... know that I would be getting a piece of Roman and Polish history all in one lesson. Originally from Poland, Pope John is widely known by his surname Wojtyła. There were so many banners and souvenirs in his honor. We even saw the exact building where he lived and there is a picture of his face covering the entire window of the room that he stayed in. People still leave flowers and light candles across from the window. The Wawel Castle was the final destination and it ...
Today I visited the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II - Birkenau Nazi concentration camps. Mixed feelings of sorrow and reverence while also feeling like the fact that millions of tourists voluntarily are processed through the sites in speedy tour groups is both ironic and somewhat disrespectful. However I still believe that its an important reminder and I feel good knowing I was witness to some of the most integral places of one of the most heinous acts of ...