Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 3: April 17, 2012

Posted by: Ari and Alyssa

Hello People Not In Poland,

Today was a very long, intense day. We started off by visiting the Umschlagplatz -the site where the Jews were rounded before being deported- at the Warsaw Ghetto and from there we went on the Path of Heroism, ending at Mila 18. Along the path, we discussed different heroic figures that lived and played a vital role in the ghetto. Mila 18 was the bunker where the Jewish Mafia planned the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Next, we went to Majdanek, a concentration camp right outside the town Lublin. Majdanek was originally a work camp, but later gas chambers were added in order to exterminate the Jews faster. The camp was liberated in 1944, which is fairly early, so the Nazis didn't have time to destroy it. Therefore, everything is still in tact. Walking through this camp, where close to 65,000 people perished, was a very emotional experience for all of us. Our spirits were lifted at the very end of our tour when we watched part of an Israeli police ceremony and saw the Israeli flag waving on the grounds of Majdanek. This shows that there is hope for the future. 

Ari and Alyssa 

P.S. Moms, we miss your cooking. These carbs aren't cutting it. 

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