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... day. There were no words just an occasional noise that sounded a bit like someone being sick in slow motion and an overlapping montage of the various eras and high/low points - to a soundtrack that was more than a bit Tangerine Dream (anyone under 45 will need to Google that reference.) I emerged into the daylight from this subterranean experience feeling like the mushrooms in my lunchtime soup had been more than the supermarket ...
... were closing at the onset of WWII. How courageous for my grandparents and/or great grandparents to leave everything including their families. The tour continued through the Auschwitz camp; when the red army (Russia?) was about to find this site, the Germans running it tried to destroy all evidence. The items that they had were the hair - tons of it. They were going to use to make blankets and mattresses for the German army. How inconceivable and disgusting on the ...
... of the mine is that it wasn't really worth the expensive price tag. We descended 300 steps and commenced a guided tour. The salt mine includes 300km of underground tunnels, used to mine salt since the 13th Century, and has several large chambers including a chapel and underground lake. Most of what we learned about the mine came from the fancy new multimedia centre you can visit at the end of the tour, rather than during the tour itself, which was really just an opportunity to ...
... monitored the crowd. The salt mines at Wieliczka are fascinating. Everything is grey, but with unique carvings, many done by local miners. The underground chapel is a highlight, with everything from crystal chandeliers to altars. And the temperature is constant and it doesn't rain underground. The skill and dedication to a task is ...
... left was death, normally by the end of the day. To the prisoners right was a temporary reprieve, in that life span in Birkenau was sometimes just a few months.
The gas chambers and crematoriums were destroyed by the Nazis prior to the end of the war. They were trying to destroy all the evidence. They also burned many record books. This camp was designed to be an efficient killing machine. Ashes from the dead bodies ...