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Memorial to victims of the holocast

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In my past post, I showed pictures of Schindler’s factory. Schindler managed to protect many Jewish people during the Nazi occupation in Krakow. Today’s photo is about some Jewish people who did not survive. It says:

“The place of reflection on the martyr’s death of 65,000 Polish citizens of Jewish origin from Cracow and surroundings who were killed by the Nazis during World War II”

Sobering. If you want to visit it, it is in Szeroka Street – at the bottom of the small square in the Jewish quarter.

Schindler’s factory

If you have read the book “Schindler’s Jews” or seen the movie “Schindler’s List” directed by Stephen Spielberg, you would have heard of Schindler’s factory. Schindler managed to save many Jewish people towards the end of world war 2 by having then declared as essential workers in his factory – even though the factory was, for practical purposes, producing very little.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when visiting Schindler’s factory, but while it was a history of the factory and of Schindler’s work it was far more than that. It gave an introspective history of Krakow in World War 2, and especially of the Jewish people that were confined to the ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. An enlightening and sobering visit.

We only visited the factory on our second visit to Krakow, but if you are in the city I would highly recommend that you take a visit to the factory to learn move of its history.

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The windows are filled with portraits of survivors.

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The main factory gates

Vistula River

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The Vistula River in Krakow with the castle on the right hand side. It’s a great place to go running or cycling (if you like it flat that is).

Fresh Pumpkin

I saw this lovely display of fresh pumpkin & squash outside a restaurant in Krakow. It looked so great and colourful. All I can think about when I look at them is a hot and tasty vegetable curry.

Mixed squash
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Pumpkins
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Old cart in Poland

This lovely old cart has clearly been retired for many years. It is now serving the rest of its live as a flower box.

If you want to visit it, you need to get to Chocho?owy Dwór just outside of Krakow, Poland, which is a lovely log-cabin hotel (my brother-in-law got married there).

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