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... of camps (Auschwitz I, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III) run by the Nazis between 1940 and 1945- more than 40 in all. But the original camp in Oswiecim, chosen both for its remoteness from Krakow and its easy train access, is the current site of a national museum and memorial.
Auschwitz is approximately a 90 minute bus ride from Krakow- we caught an 8am express to the museum after being warned that any individual visitor arriving after 10am is forced ...
... friends for a night out and then we went to a music festival a couple of days later. It was very different to other German cities I’ve visited as it is part of the old communist East Germany. A few days later and I had to go, and given that I had a bit of time up my sleeve and the fact that my Polish friend Ola would have ended our friendship otherwise, I thought why not head over to Krakow. That way I’d also have the opportunity to visit my ...
... free". Delegation by delegation, survivors with arms linked with family and other members of their delegation, each making their exodus. Then down the road, along the rail tracks (another post), over the bridge and through the gates of birkenau.
To give you some sense of scale, the 10,000+ people filled just one fractional area of the camp. This place is immense. There was a program with several distinguished ...
... since the middle ages. But underneath the Square you could view the layers of archaeology and history of the city, in the most fabulous interactive, modern museum - Poland has a gift in modern museums, the few we visited were all so fabulous. I was quite excited seeing ‘real’ medieval archaeology that has only yet existed in books and movies for me.
... two periods of occupation during and after WWII, with the Nazi's occupying during WWII, and the Soviet's occupying post-WWII. As a result of these occupations, the people of Hungary suffered many brutal atrocities. In particular, the Jewish community suffered as the Hungarian government colluded with the Nazi's in deportation and extermination of the Budapest Jews, including creating a ghetto in Budapest. Millions of Jews were sent to concentration camps and death ...