Beginning around May 1944, trains that were 40 to 50 cars long would carry thousands of Jews through this gate to be murdered in one of the four gas chambers at Birkenau. The prisoners came to know this passageway as the "Gate of Death". The train tracks seen here were laid specifically for entrance into the concentration camp, and the tracks ended only a few yards away from two of the gas chambers.
Krakow and the Ghosts of Auschwitz June 17th 2007 Our day started off with a city tour of Krakow. We went first to Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter (and also the location where some scenes of 'Schindler's List' were filmed). There is a memorial in the center of the street commemorating the lives of the 65,000 Jews from Krakow who lost their lives during the Holocaust. To my surprise, there are currently only 150 registered Jews still living in the ... read more
Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Auschwitz Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of ... ... read more
When I was 8 years old, I went to summer camp for the first time. Whereas other kids were getting homesick as soon as they got there, I instead got sick the day I had to go home again. The travel bug caught me early and has lingered ever since. I LOVE to see new places, experience new cultures, eat new food... life is so short and there are so many places to see! I hope that this blog will be filled with many adventures to come. Next stop... France, Belgium, and the Netherlands!... full info