Tagged: History

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Children On The Run, Part 3

In the summer of 1941 the Polish government in exile in London received permission from the Soviet Union to release several hundred thousand former Polish citizens from labor camps, prisons and forcible resettlement in...

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Children On The Run, Part 2

Prisoners of War We were now prisoners of war and they moved us into an existing camp. They still kept First World War prisoners there. To make room for us, they resettled the prisoners...

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Children On The Run, Part 1

My babcia (Polish for grandmother) and I haven’t always been on the best of terms, but every now and then she’d share a story about her past which left me flabbergasted. How this woman...

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Tour de Murcia: Mula

       At 7 miles from Murcia and situated in a fertile valley, this small town of unique character is found. Mula fuses its Arab structure with noble mansions, a castle, palaces and monuments whose...

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Tour de Murcia: Cartagena

I was making my way towards Cartagena, Kindle in hand reading Neil Gaiman’s most recent book and I was struck again by the absolute stark beauty of this desert-like region I live in. One...

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The Cathedral of Murcia

“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.” – Robert Louis Stevenson I’d been in Murcia...

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Auschwitz, Death Camp Part 2

“Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity.” – Billy Graham Most people grow up with some knowledge of World War II. I did more than...

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Auschwitz, The Final Solution Part 1

“The soul of Poland is indestructible… she will rise again like a rock, which may for a spell be submerged by a tidal wave, but which remains a rock.” – Sir Winston Churchill This...