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... fresh start to our adventure.
From Katowice we took another train to Oswiecim. There we managed through gestures and Pictionary to find out where the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum was located. Just a kilometre later we dried off and stored our luggage, then embarked with an English language tour group to see Auschwitz I and II.
There isn’t much to write about this day of our trip really and picture taking ...
... 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 ...
... was then used to make things like mattresses & even socks for the German submariners.
Seeing these masses of objects replicates only a small percentage of what was collected from the Jewish & minorities. The Nazis put these objects into store houses known to the prisoners as “Canada”, for all the worth in those stores were worth the wealth of Canada” as they interpreted it. When the soviets were nearing the camps in late 1944 the Nazis burned ...
warehouses were full, unsorted luggage was allowed to pile up between
the warehouses. Before the arrival of Soviet troops, the SS, in their attempt to hide the purpose of the camp burned down thirty warehouses full of goods. However, in addition to thousands of pairs of shoes, glasses, shaving brushes and other personal items, the Soviet army found approximately 7,000 kilograms (7 tons) of human hair that had not yet been sold and ...
... 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 ...