Sunday, 28 June 2015

Holocaust Pt9-Operation anthropoid and the Nuremburg Trials

our final visits were to the church of St Cyril and Methodius the place where the assassins  of Heydrich were cornered and finally took their own lives ,the operation to kill Heydrich has always been controversial due to the reprisals which claimed over 5,000 lives . Finally we visited the Nuremburg courts where the Nazi's that had not either committed suicide or had escaped were put on trial . The court building is now a museum but court 600 is still working court we were lucky during our visit the court was not in use and we could enter and take pictures . Overall an amazing and very emotional 2 weeks but something everyone should experience .
The Church today

The memorial to the Parachutists you can still see the battle damage 

some of the original benches which the prisoners sat on 

A model of court 600 at the time of the trials

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Holocaust Pt8 -Terezin

Originally a fort and walled town built by Emperor Joseph 11 , the Gestapo turned it into a prison in 1940 and was eventually to become a ghetto and concentration camp .At least 2,600 people died here ,after the war it was used by the Red Cross and then was used as a barracks . Today the area is very run down and even though it is becoming popular with tourists visiting the camp and museum it has very little other income.

The Ghetto area is still occupied today 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Holocaust Pt7-Auschwitz and Auschwitz- Birkenhau

Not a lot can be said that has not already been said about this horrifying place ,other  than this was the most moving experience of our tour .There were some areas that you were not allowed to take pictures of such as the huge cabinets full of human hair and artificial limbs .The things that hit me the most was the sheer size of the 2 camps .