Tuesday, October 6,
Quick bus trip into central Warsaw, where we did a bit of a wander and purchased a long sleeved shirt for me. Yes it was time to get out of shorts and tee shirts. The temperature has dropped very quickly to around fifteen degrees, but it is the lazy wind which is a killer.
Caught metro to old town as we were going on another walking tour. This time it was the Jewish tour. Due to the scale of destruction during the war, what the Germans did not bomb, they blew up, especially if it was Jewish.
We had the same tour guide as yesterday. She certainly knows her stuff. We found out that she specialized in Polish and Jewish history at university. Holds a masters in Sociology and Anthropology.
We learnt about Irena Sendler, who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from displaced families.
Statue outside museum dedicated to the heroes of the war.
The following four photos depict one of the cruelest tradgedies which occurred in Warsaw during the German occupation. The mound covers the former bases meant of a building. The mound is actually a grave under which lays the bodies of 125 Polish resistance fighters who, rather than be incinerated by the Germans elected to simultaneously take their own lives. It sits in a housing estate surrounded by tall buildings. This was quite moving and very sole searching.
If that did not move you this will. The following photos show the monument which marks the location of the former train station where Polish Jews were loaded and sent to the death camps.
The next five photos show another statue a block down the line which also remembers this Jews who lost their lives.
By this time we were exhausted after the tour and a traditional Polish dinner, so headed back toMyrtle.