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On 27 January 1945 Soviet soldiers entered the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex in south-west Poland. The site had been evacuated by the Nazis just days earlier. Thus ended the largest mass murder in a single location in human history.
Precise numbers are still debated, but according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the German SS systematically killed at least 960,000 of the 1.1-1.3 million Jews deported to the camp. Other victims included approximately ...
... participants underneath. There, Maya explained the power of this place and the tallis, and how after using the tallis to pray for the lost lives, she decided that the tallis had to be used as her chuppah at her recent wedding. We then said kaddish for all the lost lives at which point ever participant took 20 minutes to sit by themselves in silence to think, reflect, and contemplate this place and all we have experienced these last ...
... 20 minutes.
When we got there, the tables by the tv were reserved so we could not sit there. We found a table kind of in the back and sat down. Next to us was a guy who was noticeably drunk. nodding off, passing out and then waking back up again to drink more. one of the other tables noticed this as well and were laughing at him. we ended up getting Lorena to take a picture of him with us (and frivolo) behind him in the background. Lorena and ...
... these rusty, broken, diminished things that are so precious. We spend more time outside, contemplating the palace ruins. We say very little, lost in our own thoughts.
Next, we drive to the forest at Rzuchow, which is a much more formal memorial site. Much like Bergen Belsen, it is a place of nature, a clearing in a wood. It is a place of calm reflection and quiet dignity, spoiled by a huge great concrete thing that passes as a memorial. It is frankly out of place. It looks weighty ...
... point on our Dad's side of the family.
It was another hour and a half drive to Lodz where we arrived in time for dinner. We checked into our hotel and thought it might be nice to go to a real Polish restaurant rather than eat in the hotel. We found one in walking distance only to discover that there was a wedding celebration taking place there and they had no room for us. So we hopped into our vehicle and attempted to go ...