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First day in Krakow (left or right), and time in Auschwitz

After getting off the night(mare) train early in the morning we needed to find some accomodations in Krakow. We had researched a few places in Old Town that looked good. Old Town Krakow is only a couple of blocks from the train station so it shouldn't be a problem finding it. We managed to circle it for an hour or so but not quite locating it. Never assume something will be easy! After booking in to the Floryan Hotel and a little rest we went out to explore the main square a little bit. Here we booked a trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. The tour of these camps took about 4 hours to complete. Still intact and original are hundreds off buildings the Nazis used to house, torture and exterminate 1.3 million people, mainly European Jews. In each building we toured had photos and artifacts from the attrocities that were held there. Our guide was great at explaining the history of the war and the suffering of the people that were housed here. At the end of the tour we walked down the same road, about two hundred metres, that some 400 thousand Hungarian Jews did. They did not enter the camp, but were led to their immediate deaths. Not a fun place to visit, but as one sign read- We must remember, so as to never forget.

Posted by toddllama 03:16 Archived in Poland

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