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On a mild and sunny day in late October, we visit the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The concentration camp of Auschwitz, the byword for the evil that was Nazi Germany is now a museum. There are long lines to enter, with tours passing every 30 minutes through the gate that declares "Arbeit Macht Frei". Today it's bus loads of Hungarians taking advantage of a holiday weekend in that country and a charter plane from Luxembourg adding ...
... the audio. We move through the gate with the sign "Arbeit macht frei" which is German for “work makes you free”. Our guide moves the group through the buildings and over an hour and ½ the store of Auschwitz I was told. There were times when I was trying to absorb information and really 'take in’ what I was seeing, but the guide was moving us along to make way for the next group. It felt very rushed. ...
... and Russia agreed on splitting Poland in 1939 (the famous pact of non aggression), where the nazis assured Stalin they wanted to work "hand in hand" with him to invade Poland and share its land, also how Stalin's troops did not make a move to help the Warsaw uprising in 1944, leading to its crushing by the German troops. Of course, you see nothing of this in the Russian museum, only stories about Russian POWs managing to ...
... camps throughout Europe during the war but here German soldiers murdered over two and half million people consisting of Polish Jews, Soviet POW's, Gypsies, Czechs, Yugoslavs and political prisoners. The first camp utilised an ex Polish army barracks. Rows of ghostly brick buildings stood behind the high barbed wire fences. Above the main gate through which the prisoners passed each day on their way to work (returning 12 hours later) was the cynical ...
... Back at the hostel, I was ecstatic about my second flower, now knowing it was for a far better reason than for just being sick. I thought about what I was going to do with my second flower, I decided on giving it to the front desk lady to make sure she had a flower on Woman's Day! This whole country recognized this day in such a fantastic way! Happy Woman's Day to all the amazing women out there!!! ...