ibis Styles Bielsko-Biala
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... the victims of the holocaust. To either side of the memorial is gas chambers II and III which were destroyed by the Germans before the camp was liberated. Beside the gas chambers were the lakes where the ashes were dumped afterward. All very moving. On the way back to the gate, we explored two of the barracks for the prisoners. The first section of the Birkenau camp was constructed with bricks (used from the polish houses ...
... by the ‘Butcher of Lyons’ Klaus Altman (or Klaus Barbie), to those turned in by Axis and other nations, whose silent part in rounding up their own Jewish population, and tacit collaboration has never been fully revealed.
Late in 1944, with Allied landings having taken place in Normandie, and the Russians closing in from the East, the camp had finally begun to run it’s course. Such was the magnitude of killings, that the bodies ...
... a spooky mist that lingered for some time setting the mood for the rest of the day. We walked around the camp entering many of the old accommodation bunkers that have now been transformed into chilling museums. After a couple of hours we then joined an English 3hr tour with a fabulous guide. She explained in detail the two very different uses this camp was used for. The concentration section where the Nazis worked the captured in unbelievable conditions with ...
... on the Pommie-Ducati had reached its legal limit and set Kerrie the job to google Triumph dealers in Poland so we could get the new tyre, After many frustrating minutes searching she announced there were only two dealers in Poland and neither were nearby. So we set off to wash the bike at the car wash 300 meters from out hotel. Kerrie's eagle eye soon spotted a large sign directing us straight to ...
... stood for a moment and you actually can. There were 4 crematoriums on this site, with only one remaining in ruins after the Nazi Germans tried to destroy it at the end of the war. It wasn't a particularly cold day (it can get to minus 20 in the winter) so I doubt it was wood fires from surrounding towns. There is also a feeling of peace and calm, it is hard to articulate in words. I will leave this here, as I don't want to go ...