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Saturday July 5
Auschwitz & Krakow ( pronounced, as we now realise, Krakov)
*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 to ...
... finding tshirts with Polish writing on them since all the fashion seemed to be focused on Americana and our verbiage/writing. Amanda found out from Lorena about a store near the main drag that had just what we were looking for. They sent some messages back and forth and we figured out the general area where we were headed. We walked all the way down to the area and we found a little skimboarding competition that was going on in the middle of the ...
... we knew it - this is exactly what we did. We hopped up on the booth and shimmied through that little window and into the dorm. Once inside, we walked downstairs into the basement. There were a bunch of college kids filling the hallways and rooms in the dorm. We walked into the dance room where there was a DJ and started breaking it down for a while the music was not excellent but it was good and there were a few songs that we recognized. Every so often, ...
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 ...
... on an over enthusiastic American chap trying to persuade a couple of doubtful Poles to join him in business. There was much talk about penetration into Denmark, and he frequently mentioned that he must first "fix it with Bill". He reminded me of the over-zealous businessmen from "Fry and Laurie".
After such rampant frippery, we returned to more serious business. Lodz had been home to 300 000 Jews at the start of the Second World War ( more than the total population of Jews ...