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One Side of Warsaw

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The tourist information office of Warsaw proposes various trails you can follow in the Polish capital. Ingrid and I chose the theme of “Warsaw Judaica”, with three trails. Here are our highlights. The ghetto of Warsaw When the Germans invaded Poland, they treated the Jews of Warsaw in the same way as in other cities. They put them in a…

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Anne And The Hills

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A couple of facts about Bergen – Belsen: Originally, it was a prisoner of war camp. Near the end of World War II, it expanded into a concentration camp. More than 100.000 people died here. There were no gas chambers in this camp; most people died from illness, starvation or exhaustion. Not only Jews ended up here, but also intellectuals,…

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Where Heroes Died …

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When we came back to the hotel from the Wannsee, we passed a street called Stauffenbergstrasse. I wondered what the connection was between the man and the street… Back in the hotel, I googled the name of the street and found out that the Bendlerblock was located there. The day afterwards, Lars and I had a look. The Bendlerblock was…

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Sachsenhausen – Part 1

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For our last destination of day 2, Lars and I went to Oranienburg. The city is located to the north of Berlin and is especially known for the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, whose remains have now been turned into a museum. It was built in 1936 and served initially as a camp for political prisoners. During the course of World War…

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The Controversial Memorial

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I am referring to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. According to Wikipedia, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe[1] (German: Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial(German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 square metres (4.7 acres) site…

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The Roger Raveel Walk – The Monument and The Tree

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Before we came to Machelen-aan-de-Leie, I had never heard about the place. And when you arrive there, it is hard to imagine that such a small village has a lot to offer when it comes to history, culture and nature. One of the first interesting stops on the Roger Raveel Walk is situated in the Dorpsstraat. In the middle of…

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Our first trip of 2013 – Having lunch in Westkapelle

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The second weekend of January 2013 started with cold but sunny weather. Excellent conditions to go for a walk and Lars and I chose to explore the region of Vlissingen in the Netherlands. I have the feeling that we are a bit cursed. When we started with our Ypres Salient Car Route, there were roadworks in Ypres; we had the…

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Last Trip of 2012 – The Aquatic Maginot Line

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At the end of our drive we stumbled upon a sign which said “Maginot Aquatic Line”. I think the correct translation should be “Aquatic Maginot Line”. But what exactly is it? According to the text on the sign, The Maginot aquatic Line in the sector Hoste to Sarralbe was built to establish a natural barrier against the advancing German forces…

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