Tagged: Poland

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Children On The Run, Part 4

And so we come to the end of my grandmother’s story… Days were scorching hot so we had to stay inside our tents, but nights were chilly. We had one army blanket for the...

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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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Chilling in Szczecin

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson Szczecin, pronounced “shcheh-cheen”, is a city that...

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Gnome Hunting in Wroclaw

Everyone loves Wrocław and it’s easy to see why. Though in some ways it’s a more manageable version of Kraków, with all the cultural attributes and entertainment of that popular destination, the capital of...

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Kicking it in Krakow

Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination. – Jonathan Carroll I decided to head to Krakow on one of...

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Day to Day Living in Poland

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman So for the past 9 months I...

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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...