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Today was a long awaited, but somber day. The day started off a little bit tense when some members of the group slept in and were late to the bus, while a couple of others had to be left behind due to the tight schedule. Luckily, being a responsible bunch, the group of boys were able to take a cab to meet up with the group. Today was the day that the group was brought to Auschwitz and Birkenau, two of the ...
When Rosalind and I were here, there were no tour guides because there were no tours. You walked up, paid a few Zlotys and went in and walked around. What we saw then is still the centerpiece of what is on display today: room after room, with half the wall removed, and replaced with glass in order to allow viewing, of shoes, eye glasses, false teeth, clothing, the luggage seen here, shaving kits and hair. Mountains of hair.
... and skeletal forest of memorials. A number of these huts either survive or have been reconstructed. They followed a design used once upon a time as stables by the German army, each building for keeping fifty two horses. At Auschwitz and elsewhere, these stables hoarded as many as four hundred prisoners crammed into their three tiered bunks. The barracks for the so-called loos are unimaginable: long stone benches with holes over a pit. Inmates were able to visit these facilities twice a ...
... the Nazis and then there was Bob…
Bob was our Polish tour guide and driver to the Tatra Mountain region, which was about a two- hour drive from Krakow and on the southern border with Slovakia. There was something about Bob… Maybe it was his “Polish” machismo (a mix of chauvinism and Catholicism) or the fact that he has worked as a taxi driver/tour guide for so many years without a day off that he has just gone over the deep ...
... a shower. They were herded off the train like cattle and shoved down into one big room then sealed in until the gas killed every single one.
After we spent as long as emotionally possible at Birkenau, we took the shuttle back to Auschwitz. I had no clue what to expect and I was twice as nervous going to Auschwitz. We decided to go on our own through Auschwitz because we weren't really comfortable going with a group. I'm so glad we didn't. We took our time in places that we ...