Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My polish cards

2 weeks ago i was about to arrive in Lisbon, to take a plane a few hours after to Poland. This was an amazing trip. I've visited some beautiful and amazing places and i'm sure i'll visit the country again.

© Copyright projektu graficznego Wydawnictwo Parma Press

I travelled with some portuguese postcrossers and we've been to Warsaw, Krakow, 2 castles - Pieskowa Skala and Ojcow Castle - in the Ojcow National Park, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz - Birkenau, Czestochowa and Olsztyn Castle.

Copyright by Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
The visit Auschwitz was the main reason for this trip. We really wanted to go there and this was something we'll never forget. There are no word to express what we saw and specially, no words to express how we felt....
I've sent to myself, from Auschwitz, this card with the entrance gate in Birkenau, that prisoners called the "Gate of Death". Trains carrying deportees entered here on the railroad spur that extended into the camp.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps. Located in occupied by Germany southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim (Auschwitz in German), situated about 50 kilometers west of Kraków. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I, the administrative center; Auschwitz II (Birkenau), an extermination camp, and Auschwitz III (Monowitz), a work camp. The first two of them have been on the World Heritage List since 1979.
Immediately after disembarking from the train, the Jews had to form two columns: women and children in one, and men in the other. SS physicians and male nurses then conducted a selection on the ramp. They divided the strong and healthy from the elderly, the ill, pregnant women, and children. Those classified as fit for work were placed in the camp. The others, usually 70-75% of the transport, were sent to their death in the gas chambers. - in:

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