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Budapest and Prague had given us some insight into the Nazi occupation during WW2 and the appalling treatment of (mainly) Jews, and our visit to Krakow brought it all to the forefront. Our visit didn't only focus on the occupation. On Tuesday, we went to the 700 year old salt mines not far out of town, a good choice as there was light rain. The mine is no longer active having depleted it's source of salt, but the mines show ...
... with people in the travel world very quickly, but I believe that When you go to places like krakow and Auschwitz with a group of people, you really bond just that much more! I've referred to my 'hostel family' in many places, but no where has the hostel group felt more like Family then in Poland! I met so many unbelievably amazing people there, and it breaks my heart a little to know that I will probably never seen most of them again. People ...
... horror of seeing Not just pictures but real life goods of just a few people (The rest were destroyed or sent back to Germany) Their shoes, suitcases with names on them, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, pots and pans, And the artificial limbs and casts of people who would have sure to have been sent straight to the death chambers And photographs of just a few of the people Just a few. Real life size photos of people, not just small photos on a computer, And then ...
... sleep standing up until death. We walked into the jail block, and saw where the block leader lived. The block leaders were Jews selected specifically to ruthlessly beat the prisoners to death upon the slightest misbehavior. The block leaders were actually rewarded with vouchers to go to the brothel and rape female prisoners if they had an especially high kill rate. In the basement, we saw the room where they had experimented on different methods for more ...
... business class in a plane - complete with waiter and free nibbles.
We arrived in Vienna at 5pm and saw the city in a few hours before departing for the overnight train to Krakow, Poland. Vienna is such a beautiful city. It's getting very cold fast so the towns we now visit have this cold mist in the air, almost grey like. It's a modern city with lots of life and music coming from every corner, hardly surprising since it was the birth place of ...