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The Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe. Poland has a population of nearly 38.5 million people, and is the fifth-most populous member state in the EU. The most popular tourism site is the historic site of Auschwitz a German nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim.
Poland and Auschwitz has to be part of an overlander around the world trip. The Auschwitz concentration camp complex was the largest of its kind established by the Nazi regime. The SS authorities established three main camps near the Polish city of Oswiecim: Auschwitz I in May 1940; Auschwitz II (also called Auschwitz-Birkenau) in early 1942; and Auschwitz III (also called Auschwitz-Monowitz) in October 1942. At Auschwitz I, SS physicians carried out Medical-experience in the hospital, Barrack (Block) 10. They conducted pseudoscientific research on infants, twins, and dwarfs, and performed forced sterilizations, castrations, and hypothermia experiments on adults. The best-known of these physicians was SS Captain Dr. Josef Mengele. Between the crematorium and the medical-experiments barrack stood the “Black Wall,” where SS guards executed thousands of prisoners. In total, approximately 1.1 million Jews were deported to Auschwitz. All I can say that our experience was depressing and we still wonder if the world has learned anything since this happened ( Referring to Vietnam, Rwanda-Cambodia-former Yugoslavia and no doubt in a few years Afghanistan and Iraq).
Poland offers diverse territory from the Beaches in the North along the Baltic Sea to the Sudets and Carpathian mountains in the south. Tourism in Poland contributes to the country’s overall economy. Other areas well worth exploring are Masurian Lake district, Baltic Sea coast, Tatra Mountains Sudetes, and the Bialowieza Forest.
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