Trip Start May 12, 2007
22Trip End May 27, 2007
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We then went over to Auschwitz Museum where Tunde said we could have as much time as we wanted/needed here; even though we were given a guided tour. What added to this experience was our female guide had an uncle that was actually a prisoner here and was starved to death for helping a Jewish man by the Nazi's. I would think it would be difficult to do tours but she was very informative
The many things I saw here were:
- an original building with a starvation cell, a dark cell and standing cells with only room for one person and a washroom for women to change
- another building with rooms that held different personal belongings behind glass cases:
one filled with human hair strands, including a smaller case that held 2 braided ponytails
that was going to be used to make uniforms
a case in the next room held baby shoes and a doll, another with baby clothes
another room filled with nothing but shoes, another filled with artificial legs
one with hair brushes, combs and shaving accessories
one room held the prisoners suitcases with their names visible on them
As I looked into these glass windows through the different rooms, I thought to myself; I wonder what the person looked like who wore that female black shoe? whose artificial leg? what little girl did that doll belong to?
Back outside, we were shown the Wall of Death where people were shot
In Krakow for 2 nights, our included hotel meal at the Holiday Inn Express was not the best with the beef being very tough. The garlic eggplant wasn't bad though but the dessert of apple strudel made up for the meal. We sat with the Filipino couples who were very nice. We walked a bit then called it a night.