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Krakow: History Among the Snow

Krakow: History Among the Snow

If I thought Berlin was cold, Krakow was a shock to the system. Before heading off on this trip I knew I wasn’t going to be basking in glorious sunshine, but the change in temperature from balmy southern France was a struggle to cope with. I’d packed layers upon layers, sturdy walking boots that would be able to cope with ice and snow, and treated myself to a properly insulated jacket. But the cold has a way of creeping in…

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Auschwitz: A Warning to Humanity, Still and For Ever

Auschwitz: A Warning to Humanity, Still and For Ever

How does one write about a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau? Anything that can be said seems trite and obvious. But one cannot make a trip there without coming away with something. I’ve found it very hard to put into words how I feel about what happened. It was the most harrowing and awful few hours of my life. Yet I left. I was there as a visitor. As a tourist. The cold I experienced that day was nothing compared to how…

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