The Old Town houses Jewish quarters, Warsaw University, many significant cathedrals, the Royal Palace, the President’s House, King Sigmund’s Column (Zygmunt III Waza in Polish) and one of the 2 custodians of the city – the Mermaid. The square that houses the Mermaid reminded me of the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the square in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, as it is packed with roadside cafés offering beer and food, artists offering to paint for you, performers playing concert instruments, tourists gaping in awe, newly-weds excitedly engaged in their portfolio shoots and locals just chilling.
I found myself collecting ink-stamped postcard souvenirs in ‘Schindler’s Factory’, which has now been turned in to a museum. It vividly illustrates the role played by Oskar Schindler in saving the lives of hundreds of Jews while Nazis were sending them all to Auschwitz
This notorious entrance to Auschwitz-II (Birkenau), a WW-II Nazi Concentration Camp in Poland, was the worst site of the WW-II Holocaust. Various estimates put the number of people murdered here as between 1 and 4.5 million. The official figure displayed at Auschwitz Memorial and Museum is 1.3 million, out of which 1.1 million were Jews. The train would pull in, prisoners would be made to disembark, they would be sorted in to ‘healthy’ and ‘weak’, (more…)
…My humble homage to the people of various nationalities who were murdered in cold blood by Nazis during the World War-II Holocaust…