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... Of course, we have explained the irony and the trickery of the Nazis in the sign that will greet us at the camp tomorrow, the same sign that greeted the 1.5 million Jews that walked through those gates: "Work Will Set You Free". My hope, moving forward though, is that knowledge, understanding, compassion, and community, not work, will ultimately set us all free.
We'll keep you posted how we do.
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... killed here. The saddest, scariest an most eye opening days. Being in a big group an no one saying a word explains it all. Saw the quarters they all lived an the remains of the gas chambers with the full procedure explained. Made watching the boy in the stripped pyjamas a couple weeks later even more intense. Find a camping ground to take us an have a few quiet beers to mull on the ...
... to spot scenes where the movie was filmed. And we had a refresher on some basic concentration camp facts.
Actually, tomorrow, I am visiting the Oskar Schindler's factory where over 1,200 Jews were saved during the Holocaust due to Schindler employing them in his enamel factory. So, that's something I'm certainly looking forward to!
Since I've also been to Krakow before, ...
... during WW2 helping with the information from the war and what was happening. He asked to be parachuted into Auschwitz in 1944 to check whether an armed uprising in camp would work. 10s of thousands of Warsaw people taken to slave labour camps. He put in the 'prison' section of the camp and was killed the day before liberation. Kate's mom was taken there as an 8year old with her grandmother. Many years later her grandmother was given War of repayments roughly ...
... limbs were confiscated and issued to Nazi soldiers that had become injured in battle. Finally we came to a room filled with human hair that had been cut and collected to make cloth for Nazi uniforms. It was truly sickening.
We walked into the next block to see where the Jews had slept and bathed. Originally, the Jews were forced to sleep on a thin bed of straw that lined the floor. Then, to increase efficiency, wooden bunks stacked 3 beds high ...