The Trabant was produced in the former East Germany. In 2008, Time magazine rated the Trabant as one of the 50 worst cars ever made. For some, the Trabant is a trendy collector’s item.
Accordion player, Warsaw’s Castle Square.
The brand new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw.
The Museum stands in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw – an area which the Nazis turned into the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
This audiovisual installation is based on home movies made by Jewish immigrants from the USA who visited their hometowns in Poland during the 1920s and 30s.
Crumbling socialist building, Warsaw.
Palace of Culture and Science Building, downtown Warsaw.
Chapel in Wieliczka Salt Mine, 150m below ground. Built in the 13th century, the mine produced salt continuously for almost 900 years, is one of the world’s oldest salt mines. It used to be one of the world’s biggest and most profitable industrial establishments when common salt was commercially a medieval equivalent of today’s oil.
The mine at Wieliczka is a city in itself, complete with churches, chapels, recreational rooms, houses and castles. The mine is a crisscross of tunnels connecting all these structures. In addition, various underground lakes traverse the length and breadth of the mine. All sculptures are carved out of rock salt. Pope John Paul ll conducted mass in the chapel when he was archbishop of Krakow.
Extensive wooden structures are used to support the chambers.
Market Square in Krakow Old Town.
Krakow Old Town.
St Mary’s Church, Krakow Old Town.
Florian Gate, Krakow. It was built in the 14th century as part of the city fortifications against Turkish attack.
Kazimierz district in Krakow was home to a significant Jewish community from the 14th century until the WWII. A walking tour here also passes the places where Spielberg filmed Schindler’s List.
Fence with Menorah motif. A menorah is a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple in Jerusalem, a symbol of Judaism since ancient times.
Old Jewish Cemetery was established in 1535, and located next to the Remuh Synagogue. During WWII, the Nazis destroyed the cemetery tearing down the walls and hauling away tombstones to be used as paving stones in the camps, or selling them for profit.
Fragments of the ghetto wall in the characteristic form of joined tombstones.
The excellent “Krakow under Nazi Occupation” permanent exhibition at the Oskar Schindler Factory Museum, located in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory.
“The persecution of Jews in the General Government in Polish territory gradually worsened in its cruelty. In 1939 and 1940 they were forced to wear the Star of David and were herded together and confined in ghettos. In 1941 and 1942 this unadulterated sadism was fully revealed. And then a thinking man, who had overcome his inner cowardice, simply had to help. There was no other choice.” – Oskar Schindler, in a 1964 interview.
Exhibit depicting the Plaszow Concentration Camp.
Toni in Market Square, Krakow.
Can’t visit Poland without trying a Lody!
I wonder what the Chinese would say to a pair of snoozing lions in front of a building.
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