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... a bottle of wine! I read recently that Poland has a huge problem with alcoholism...not surprising when you consider all the relatively cheap vodka for sale in the supermarket. Then back to the hotel for some Auschwitz reading and a rest.
I write as I lay here in the nice comfortable hotel bed knowing how HUGELY fortunate I am.
I also know that tomorrow afternoon I will be consuming a few alcoholic beverages to take the edge off my memories of Auschwitz. ...
The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (and Auschwitz II-Birkenau and Monowitz camps) today was held on a cold, snowy, windy Tuesday. The slush around the huge camp was frozen into icy slurry when I arrived by bus from Krakow in the early morning, slippery and rough to walk over. It was on this day 70 years ago that Red Army troops ended the torture and murder of the Jews at Auschwitz, and it is this day that Europeans, and most around the world, ...
... a coal mine.
The situation in the sub-camps was often even worse than in the main camps. In mid-1944, Auschwitz was designated a huge SS run security area in Upper Silesia of over 40 square miles. The camp population reached in August of 1944, 105,168 inmates. The last roll-call on January 18, 1945, showed 64,000 inmates.
During its history, the prison population of Auschwitz changed composition significantly. At first, it's inmates were ...
... cities in the region since. After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany at the start of World War II, Kraków was turned into the capital of Germany's General Government. The Jewish population of the city was moved into a walled zone known as the Kraków Ghetto, from which they were sent to extermination camps such as Auschwitz and the concentration camp at Płaszów.
The 2nd world war has always been of utmost interest and importance to me. This is the pre 9/11 event that changed the world as people knew it then. It was an event of extremities- loyalties, inhumanity, courage, love, sadness, poverty every human aspect was at it's peak. Also to me it was the last Man's Man and Woman's Woman War ..... before drones (technology) if not completely then almost completely replaced a soldiers war cry. A soldier very rarely now fights ...