My visit to Poland has changed my view of things. I love everything that relates to the first and second world war. During my visit to Warsaw and Krakow, I learned much about World War II. In Warsaw, I visited the Museum of insurgency while near Krakow I visited the Museum and memorial of Auschwitz. I’ll talk to you about what I have learned in these two museums.
During the second world war, the Germans attacked, amongst others, the Jews, the poles and the Soviets to conquer Europe. When the war to started, the Poles defended themselves, but unfortunately, they lost the battle. The Germans built the need and concentration camps such as Auschwitz I, which was used to execute their final solution, i.e. get rid of the Jews.
Fortunately, countries as the Canada came to aid the Poland, they were called the allied countries. In Warsaw, I learned that the allies were trying to send goods in Poland by dropping cargo that contained rifles, grenades, cigarettes etc. to help the resistance. The Germans used Polish prisoners as human shields and Resisters could not fire on the Germans. There were even children of my age in the resistance. They delivered the letters between the pockets of resistance.
In Auschwitz, I learned that prisoners were arriving on a train without a window to not show that they had people on that train. On the portal to enter the concentration camp, it was written “Arbeit Match Frei”, the work will make you free. All the deportees were to bring their most valuable objects for example: toys, jewelry, pictures etc. Upon arriving, the Nazis took their banding and kept for them what had value. Leaving the train, they separated the prisoners in two lines, the majority of women with young children and men who were either too old or too ill to work had to go straight to the shower. They their were asking to take their shower, but it wasn’t the water that came out, but gas ??, it was a gaz?. Those who were in form had to work until they are too exhausted. They slept on a bunk bed and were feed by the soup and bread.
The Germans believed that they not killed enough people to Auschwitz I, so they created Auschwitz II, a giant concentration camp which seemed to me 5 times bigger than the first. In addition, they killed the prisoner much faster because they had built more gas chamber. There were many more buildings for the prisoners. At the end of the war, the Germans tried to destroy the most possible buildings before fleeing.
After the second world war the Poland had no choice to be managed by the Communists. The Soviets ran the Poland and many other countries of the Eastern Europe. This is one reason why people do not speak much English today. The Soviet Union controlled a part of Europe. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the poles were unhappy. In 1989, the Soviet Union fell and the Poland and other countries won their independence.
During my visit to Auschwitz, I learned a lot of things about the Poland and I would like to return to Poland one day. I was very lucky to be able to visit Auschwitz and I’m lucky to be born in the Canada.