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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 suspect that tomorrow afternoon I may be consuming a few alcoholic beverages to take the edge off my memories of Auschwitz. ...
... of an uprising in which one of the Crematoria was destroyed by the Jews on the special work camps that helped to kill other Jews. Over 400 of them were killed during that uprising. They would have been killed regardless.
One interesting thing that Margaret told us was that a survivor told her the only way he lived through it was because ...
... counter for the tickets for the train to Oswiecim, the Polish name reverted to after WW II, was not yet open. Yet, in the hall, under posters for ‘Tourist Attractions’ the black and white, barbed wire photos bearing images of Auschwitz left no uncertainty, as to what drew most people to that train station. Over time, about 15 persons, mostly non-Polish, gathered in a queue.
The counter opened around 6 AM, and I mouthed the words with ...
... del tour se cortó por una hora, podía ir en el tren desde Oswiecim a Cracovia con 30 minutos para hacer la reserva, y luego subir al otro tren que se detuvo de nuevo en Oswiecim 1 1/2 horas más tarde. En serio. Voy a tener que dar el sistema de trenes de Polonia una marca sólida D menos! Mi calificación fue confirmada por un hombre local que me comentó: "Odio los trenes polacos! Estamos 50 años atrás." Para hacer la situación aún más divertida, todas ...
... the prisoners and dead bodies; it was used to stuff mattresses and make blankets.
The second camp, Auschwitz II - Birkenau was much more what I imaged when I thought of concentration camps and Auschwitz. It was very open and much larger. The housing conditions there were practically barns. We did not stay very long.
All in all, it was a very somber experience. I could only imagine what it would have actually been like to live in that horror.