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... wax figures of people working in the mine and to have to duck my head every few metres. Instead, I got immense carved chambers built into the salt rock underground which cannot be described as anything other than works of art. Consider my mind suitably blown. What never ceases to amaze me as I go about this trip is the sheer scale of building and construction that human beings are capable of. From giant cathedrals to bridges ...
... was like. In the evening we attended a Chopin Concert in the fourth floor music room of the Wierzynek Hotel. Ireneusz Boczek, pianist, played a selection of Chopin's music plus Hungarian Rhapsody and Mendelssohn's Wedding March. The room had an old-fashioned setting and we were served wine during intermission. A fun celebration of Polish music. We stopped at a stand for dinner on the way home - I tried a potato pancake which was good but also heavy on the ...
Today we caught the bus to Auschwitz - Birkenau.
It's about a 90 minute bus ride.
There's no point in trying to describe the feelings one gets when here.
There's a few photos of spectacles, shoes, and the like. The victims had to undress before entering the gas chamber and this is just some of the belongings that the nazis kept.
There was another room full of human hair. This ...
... commit suicide. The most common form of suicide in the camps was to leap into the electrified barbed-wire fences.
1.1 million Jews killed were killed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Of the 3.5 million Jews living in Poland before the war, 300,000 survived. Being at the camp was a surreal and moving experience. At Birkenau, the most moving part for me was standing right where the Jews had been evaluated for work, and then walking the same ...
... Non-organiser, tell me where and I'll be there, beer saturated
Philip Weston [nay: like a horse] - Pooer, photographer, 'the other one'
The trip: Eastern Europe. Trains. 2 weeks.
Day 1 - Saturday 15th September
Finally, it was here. After much anticipation, chat on Facebook and organisation we were off. The land of my Forefathers and the city of Krakow awaited.
Famous for its square ...