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Apr 19, 2012 - Day 3

This morning, we started our day with a visit to Schindler’s factory and the site of the Plaszow Concentration Camp, before setting out for the March. Today is the March from Auschwitz to Birkenau. What all of us have come to realize is that this is a march not only of remembrance and honor, but of life. Ten thousand people will gather today on Yom Hashoah from forty different countries in solidarity and in unity. Over sixty years ago, the death marches were a way of destroying our people and the possibility of any future. We are here today...

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Apr 18, 2012 - Day 2

After having breakfast in our hotels, we boarded our six buses and headed for Auschwitz/Birkenau. We gathered together outside Block 11 to hear from Monise. She spoke about two individuals. One, Freddie Diamond, who accompanied the March of the Living for many years. When he was a prisoner in Auschwitz, he stood and watched as his own younger brother was hanged right in front of him. The second was, Sigi Hart, who also accompanied the March for many years. As he grew older, he came along in a wheelchair, never missing anything. Just last...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Day 1

Welcome to our blog. What follows are observations, some in sentences and some in brief notes so bear with the lack of editing in favor of getting the report out to you (plus this is being sent at 10:00 a m. Polish time, just waking up on our Lot Airlines flight from Chicago, and some with very little sleep). Along the trip, on busses and during meals, students were asked to add their comments. Photos and video will also be available soon. Teenagers and early rising are seldom synonymous, but there they were, our 200 plus students and staff...

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Oct 1, 2011 - Krakow

Early rise off to the thousand year old Wieliczka salt mines, where we decended to level 3 of a six level mine, in a lift of what a can only be describe as no bigger than a tin can.   It is no longer a operated mine, but they still do flood the lower levels and once the salt has dried out they extracted it.  The mines at various points had lovely carvings, salt chandeliers, 3 chapels. On too what was meant to be local tour of krakow, but let's just say it is a hour and half that I will never get back.  We had a very passionate guide who...

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Sep 30, 2011 - Krakow

Today we head to Krakow, stopping in Czestochowa visiting Jasna Gora, this the monastery where the black madonnas is housed.  She is venerated as the "queen of Poland" I am lost or struggling for words for today's journal as I visited Auschwitz concentration camp, I think the fact that it has taken six days to write this journal may just say it all. I am not going into details, as it is just too hard to explain how I feel, but the visit did effect me badly. I just can not understand how humans can do what they did to another human.

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Sep 17, 2011 - The family adventures continue….Paris and Poland (Krakow)

Having left Karina and Lew at their accommodation, we set out with our luggage planning to take a tube to our accommodation across the other side of Hyde Park. To cut a long story short…we ended up less than 1km walk from Lew and Karina’s accommodation – but did a couple of loops around Hyde Park to get there….thats what happens when two hotels have very similar names and Google Maps sends you to the wrong one! Just another navigational mishap to add to our growing collection! Before we knew it we were in another country – this time having...

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Aug 16, 2011 - Krakow

We spent around an hour finding our hostel in Krakow before having a quick wardrobe change and heading out for lunch. After lunch we had a siesta before meeting up for dinner and heading to the hostel common area for the free vodka and pub crawl run by the hostel. The guide took us to the main square which looked magical lit up at night and introduced us to some ridiculously cheap pubs in the middle of the city. The next day I dragged the boys on a walking tour of Royal Krakow that covered the history of Krakow. That night the hostel had a...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Poland-Krakow and the terrible train

We caught the train from Berlin early yesterday morning heading into Poland. Unfortunately all of the direct trains from Berlin to Krakow were fully booked so we had to go via Warsaw with a short time to make a connection there. As we got closer to Warsaw it became apparent that we were not going to make our connection and so we got off at the most run down train station I have ever seen and found the platform to wait an hour for the next train to Krakow. We had to fight to get onto the train as it was so full that people could no longer go...

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Jul 22, 2011 - laatste krakow plus wenen

beste leuten, wir sind in wenen! aber eerst onze laatste twee dagen in krakow.we yijn op de ene dag naar een oude burcht gewandeld die naast een mooie grote rivier lag waardoor er een prachtig uizicht was. verder een beetje rondgelopen en genoten van een goed middagdutje, wat de mens goed oet. daarna naar onze vaste shisha bar geweest. daarna kwamen we in een moeilijk vette jazzbar terecht waar een stel oude mannen aan het jammen was. dit was geniaal! onder meer hans dorrestijn en de broer van harry mulisch gaven acte presance en een baas...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Krakow dag en nacht

Hallo beste mensen, Allereerst wil ik kwijt dat de Kebab van vanavond wel enorm in de smaak viel. De heetheid ontbrak na het 100x gevraagd te hebben. Gelukkig konden de allochtonen van Polen wel iets. We zijn in zieke kroegen geweest en we hebben een live jazzband gezien, was heel bruut. Nu geef ik het woord aan onze huisfilosoof die moeilijk veel meer van het leven dat wij allen koesteren weet: Martijn (mrboombastic) Menheere. Vanaf 5 minuten met die jongen is de status van innerlijk geluk en artistieke wijsheid overal zichtbaar. Elk...

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Jun 22, 2011 - The New Prague (Slight Return)

The Polish border was interesting. I heard the night before that it is common to be delayed for up to 24 hours, Friday being the worst day to cross. I was crossing on a Friday. The road approach seemed fairly empty and I imagined it would be a formality, but on my arrival I found big queues. Initially I joined the traffic queue but was directed to the foot passenger 'queue', a scrum of bus passengers with carrier bags, waiting to go through turnstiles. When it came to my turn, after a long wait, I detached the bags and lifted the bike over,...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Apr 1, 2011 - Visit to Jewish Quarter

April 1' trip to Auschwitz, Polland.  A dreary rainy spring day.  Supper was held at a traditional Jewish restaurant which featured traditional Jewish music.  One patron, did not appreciate the level of conversation shared and generated by our group.  This patron, from Britain, felt she needed to quell our conversations, much to the chagrin of the Jewish proprietor. The British tourist stood in the center of the restaurant and proclaimed for all to hear, that her table had traveled a great distance and wished therefore that the rest of the...

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ESBCHS Europe 2011

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