Photogallery: Poland, Auschwitz – A Memory of Inhuman Cruelty
Poland, Auschwitz – A Memory of Inhuman Cruelty
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At the mouth of the river Soly to the Vistula in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship lies the city of Auschwitz, which has become infamous for the presence of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II - Birkenau concentration camps (inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979). These largest German extermination camps during the Nazi era are now being transformed into dignified memorials to the horrors of genocide and are also symbols of the Holocaust. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we invite you for a short walk through this place of inhumanity.
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
Would you like to visit a place which was written with black letters into modern history? Do you have a feeling that „holocaust“ is a legend? So, would you visit concentration lagers Oswiecim I and Oswiecim II- Brezinka, (Birkenau) exterminated lager for death, destined from Czech borders not more than 100 kilometres.
Approximately 50 kilometers southwest of Krakow lies the almost 20,000-strong town of Wadowice, famous as the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul II. Today we will not only follow in the footsteps of the Pope, but also look into history.
These days we commemorate the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most important milestones in our history is remembered through a visit to the Polish city of Auschwitz, which is located at the mouth of the river Soly to the Vistula in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
This time we will set out to explore southern Poland, more precisely the city of Żywiec, which lies at the confluence of the rivers Koszarawa and Soła in the Silesian Voivodeship. We start in a local brewery founded in 1856, which produces one of the most famous beers in Poland.
After visiting the famous brewery, today we will head to the town of Żywiec itself. This city of 30,000 is an ideal starting point for hiking in the Western Beskydy Mountains, it also offers recreation at the picturesque Żywiec Dam and attractive sights with an engaging history.
"The Jews are a race which must be totally exterminated!" This is a quotation of Hans Frank, Governor General of Poland, occupied by Nazis. This sentence is expressing all. Total extirpation, this was main style of concentration camps. Even in Oswiecim, the Nazis murdered one million of Jews. So, even now, the Jews belong to frequent visitors there.
Oswiecim (Auschwitz) is the biggest concentration camp of Europe, where the final solution of Jewish question was let to its nearly perfect finish. The Germans murded there - in the course of 1940-1945 - one million and one hundred thousands of people!
In the coming weeks, we will discover the wonderful natural and cultural attractions of the Duchy of Lesser Poland. Our starting point will be the city of Zakopane, which is also a social center of the whole region.
Last week we visited the Kościelisko and Chochołowska valleys and today we set out for other tourist attractions in the Lesser Poland Region. This time we will not leave the city of Zakopane, our goal will be an elongated hill Gubałówka.
Enchanted by our past trip to the Gubałówka and Butorowy Wierch mountains, today we set out to explore other breathtaking places in Lesser Poland. This time we head to the village of Poronin, which is located about 7 kilometers from Zakopane.
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