Photo Essay – On the Way to Przemysl

After Ingrid and I left Warsaw, we drove southeast, to a town called Lublin.

I had been here once, and thought it was a good idea to stretch our legs in Lublin. Ingrid agreed.

Lublin has about 350.000 inhabitants and is often called “little Krakow”. It does have a charming old town…

… and lots of churches!

Outside town is Majdanek,

a Nazi German concentration and extermination camp established on the outskirts of the city of Lublinduring the German occupation of Poland in World War II. Although initially purposed for forced labor rather than extermination, the camp was used to kill people on an industrial scale during Operation Reinhard, the German plan to murder all Jews within theirGeneral Government territory of Poland.[1] The camp, which operated from October 1, 1941 until July 22, 1944, was captured nearly intact, because the rapid advance of the Soviet Red Army during Operation Bagration prevented the SS from destroying most of its infrastructure; but also, due to the ineptitude of commandant Anton Thernes who failed in his task of removing incriminating evidence of war crimes. Majdanek, also known to the SS as Konzentrationslager Lublin, remains the best preserved Nazi concentration camp of the Holocaust.[2]

We kept close to the monument, which represents mangles bodies:

Another charming town is Jaroslaw. Invaded by the Tatars and the Austrians, it came back to Poland in the beginning of the 20th century. During World War II, most of the Jews fled the town; those who stayed behind were immediately executed by the Nazis.

4 Comments

  • travelingmind2anywhere December 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Those pictures are perfect..it speaks how big the value of those infrastructures in some way..

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    • larsj December 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you! I will pass on the comment to Ingrid, since she is the photographer.

      Reply
  • Dorota December 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I am so glad that you have visited Jaroslaw! It’s such a nice town, but often only passed by tourists. Although you missed the main gem: Benedictine abbey with spectacular defensive walls and towers and also a mysterious ‘blach chapel’ which should have exploded but it didn’t and the bricks just melted so now they are black. I know it’s impossible to visit all interesting places, but next time don’t forget to see Zamosc – Renaissance town which used to be called na ideal town and now it’s on the unesco list. Oh I could write an essay about south east Poland 😉 Sorry for my long comment! All the best

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    • Ingrid D. December 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      We have a reason to go back 🙂

      Reply

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