Travel Blogs from Pruszkow
... escaped. She is 91 years old. Twice she was saved by Germans. The officers told them to stop, and she was let go when they were going to beat her and kill her. She was sent to the hospital, given a change of clothing, warmed and let go. The Germans wanted to destroy all the heritage of Warsaw: churches, state buildings, homes, etc. Warsaw received no help until January 1945. The USA and allies sent guns and ammo at night dropped from a plane. Some of the guns ...
Our guide told us amazing stories from wartime like Irena Sendler who smuggled thousands of Jewish children. The Nazis eventually discovered her activities, tortured her, and sentenced her to death, but she managed to evade execution and survived.
After our tour, we walked in the Old Square and the New Square, took pictures, had lunch. The weather was perfect for walking and sitting.
Tonight is our farewell drink and dinner. Sad to leave...it's been ...
... However there has also been a lot of new construction in the last 25 years since Poland gained its independence. So new modern skyscrapers are taking over the skyline.
This morning we set out on a ‘city tour’. The guide picked us up and drove us around some key sites of the city. We saw a couple of very small remnants of the Jewish ghetto wall – as most of it has been destroyed. We saw many monuments, some ...
... tour begins - an emotionally laden journey, requiring mental toughness and stamina.
With this in mind, I thought this quote from Laurence Rees' book, "Auschwitz" was an appropriate/timely one.
"... human behaviour is fragile and unpredictable and often at the mercy of the situation. Every individual still, of course, has a choice as to how to behave ..."
... like a military operation and every time the train slowed down we planned our escape route. Not as easy as it sounds when you have two backpacks and a mule (a bag not a live animal!) which are all stored on the overhead racks with another 4 passengers in the same compartment!
We started Warsaw off with another free walking tour covering the main sights including the castle, old town square and ...