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*** Please do not view this entry unless prepared to know about the Auschwitz extermination camp*** After much consideration we have decided to share our experience of the Auschwitz camp, as although it's not a pleasant destination we know many of you will not have the chance to visit yourself. This was a very emotional day for both of us, and we have seen pictures and videos that will no doubt stay with us for the rest of our lives. On entry to the camp we were ...
... Soon after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, the Nazis declared the area around Oswiecim an "area of special interest" and forceably evacuated the locals for an area of 40 square kilometres around the town which they renamed Auschwitz. It was then reoccupied by the SS and their families and the concentration camp opened in 1940. Initially it was a camp for political prisoners, prisoners of war ...
This deserves its' stand alone blog as it is such a sensitive topic and a moving place.I don't want to take the mood down, and it wont, but it just should not be in amongst other tales as this place puts things in perspective and needs to retold respectfully. I am not going to give a history lesson here, but 1.1million people lost their lives at this concentration camp, only 7,500 were liberated. There are displays within some ...
... a place where soldiers could find wealth and hidden food amongst the luggage. People were bringing only the most important things with them, and these were taken from them as soon as they arrived. There was one long hallway with thousands of framed pictures lining the walls. Each picture was a photograph of one of the people taken captive, their date of birth, what they did for a living, what date they arrived, and what date they died. Seeing all of those stricken faces staring at ...
... for each activity, so prayer for patience is always good. Also, pray for the polish youth leaders. The are amazing and doing a great job, but I've noticed that they get down on themselves a lot. Pray we can encourage them and for great opportunities for them to speak the truth in their discussion groups with the campers. Ok time for bed! Thanks for your prayers and comments! The team loves to hear them! Leslie for the ...