Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stolpersteine or “stumbling stones” in Berlin which commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Track 17 at Grunewald Station, the site of deportation for the Berlin Jews
On the bus from Berlin to Krakow
Reform Synagogue in Krakow
The Square in Krakow, Poland.
Images from Auschwitz
The group locked arms and walked from the Judenramp to Auschwitz-Birkenau
The Women’s Bunks in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Gary Taft looking through “The Book of Names” in Auschwitz
Plaszow, Krakow, & the Schindler Factory
The memorial sculpture at Plaszow, the site of a former Nazi Concentration Camp
Our group at the Schindler Factory
Exploring the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw
Kelsey Cansler’s reflection after visiting the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw
We toured the Jewish Cemetery at the Grosse Hamburger Strasse. “A group of bronze figures originally created for Ravensbruck by the sculptor Will Lammert in 1985, reminds us of the suffering of those murdered and besieged by the Nazis.”
Mausoleum Of The Three Writers
Memorial in the Warsaw cemetery for the one million children killed in the Holocaust
One of many ancient gravestones in the Gensha Cemetery in Warsaw. This one represents a Jewish person who was religious as depicted using the lions as a symbol of Judaism and the prayer hands.
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Majdanek- Our guide David’s grandfather helped liberate this camp- there were piles and piles of shoes stolen from murdered people there at that time. The death count estimates were high on account of the numbers of shoes. Majdanek was actually a sorting and distribution center for the surrounding death camps of Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec. Now shoes are symbolic to survivors, shoes meant life or death to the prisoners. David also told us about being with survivor Pinchas Gutter as he retraced his steps through the camp. These touching personal stories and connections made our visit very meaningful and memorable.
Gary Taft and Tom Hopkins try to lift the rollers for leveling roads in Majdanek. The paving of roads using this equipment was one of the most exhausting kinds of work done at Majdanek. Many of the male camp prisoners were required to do this work. David, our guide, explained that the prisoners at Majdanek lived on the equivalent of the calories of a snickers bar daily while performing this type of extreme labor.
Anita Puckett, Wendy VanDyke, and Becky Hasselle in Old Lublin
Warsaw Views from Becky Hasselle and Jennifer Underwood’s balcony. Many parties took place on that balcony. What happens in Warsaw Stays In Warsaw… #howluckyisthat #warsaw
Tom Hopkins shares views from the Heroes Path in Warsaw
Today was beyond description. We visited a tiny village, Tykochin, in Poland. On August 25, 1941, the Nazis shot every single Jew in the village. This is the house of a murdered Jewish family. You can see the star of David over the door. Someone lives in this house today. There are no Jews in Tykochin.
Photos of the restored Tykochin Synagogue. Practically the entire population of Jews that lived in Tykochin were massacred here by the Nazis.
A Stork’s nest (with babies) in the Polish village of Tykochin near an abandoned Jewish cemetery
Photos of the Memorial in the Lopuchowa Forest where the entire population of Jews that lived in Tykochin were massacred by the Nazis.
There are no Jews left in Tykocin today. The entire population was massacred by the Nazis and buried in three mass graves in the Lopuchowa Forest. Someone had scattered cards with names of victims.
At Treblinka we lit candles in memory of the approximately 900,000 victims murdered there by the Nazis.