Friday, March 17, 2023

Poland Day 3: Annie!

In 2014 our family hosted an exchange student from Slovakia. When I told Annie I was going to be in Poland she offered to come my way and I was so grateful! We spent 40 hours together non-stop talking. 

She arrived via an overnight train and we went straight to a full day tour of Auschwitz and Schindler’s Factory. Not a light day but I was glad to share the experience with Annie. 

The entrance to Auschwitz. “Work sets you free” The orchestrated lies by the Germans is so disturbing. 

Rows and rows of photos of prisoners killed in Auschwitz. 

Prisoners arrived via rail. 

It was cold. Like, freaking cold. My California ass froze, as did Annie’s. We used umbrellas to hold back the wind. 

After Auschwitz we went to Schindler’s Factory. I was disappointed. I thought it would tell more about how the Polish helped the Jews but it did not. It was a museum about the overall occupation. 

I’m not going to lie, I struggled with jet lag something terrible. I had only slept a few hours the night before. I, once again, fell asleep during the Schindler’s tour. 

We returned to the hotel for dinner and wine. Both of us were exhausted. We got in bed and talked until the other didn’t respond. I fell asleep with a smile on my face. 

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