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... like – for a while. Only after the approval of the ‘Final Solution’ held at the Wannsee Conference, where the official orders regarding the ‘Jewish Question’ were decided under the leadership of SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann, that the need was felt to significantly ramp up the infrastructure pertaining to the ‘Jewish Problem’.
Returning back to the morning of the trip…..
Most of the ...
... land for later German settlement.
Today, this site is still known as Auschwitz I, and those robust barracks survive intact. It is all there with its streets and blocks like some macabre town of doom. It is hot and dusty, and although there is plenty of space between the buildings, the place has a an airless, oppressive quality. Auschwitz I is essentially a museum: the buildings house many artefacts and exhibitions, which become intensely crowded. You have to queue to gain ...
... or more. They were sent right to the gas chambers and left to the concentration camp.
It’s a walk of about 1km from the gate (that building still looks the same as it did in wartime photos), trains came through the gate and stopped half way along. Now on the left we can see the remains of quite solid-looking brick barracks which held hundreds of prisoners in three tier bunks, no sanitation in the barracks, bitterly cold ...
... and a joke about those times, even though it must hurt deep down.
We will head towards the north of Poland over the next 10 days taking in the many picturesque towns along the Vistula River which runs from Krakow in the south to Gdansk in the north about 600km.
Lets hope the 'navigator' can keep the 'driver' safe!!!!!!!
... ve known them all for a number of years.
We went on to the central city square where Jeff Shiffman was playing in an open air concert, so listened to his set and then went on to the bar where Andy and Jen had organised my 55th birthday party (the big day is actually the 7th). Andy had invited some of his good friends and it was great to see some familiar faces from our first trip to Poland 3 ½ years ago, and to meet some new ones. We’d said no ...