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The Story of Anne Frank and Oscar Schindler
Member Name: hlm89k
Advantages: The tour guide made the trip worthwhile...
Disadvantages: Probably too tiring and exhausting for some...
Without a shadow of doubt I had the greatest experience of my lifetime when I decided at the very beginning of 2012 to book a Leger holiday and discovered the fascinating story of the aforementioned and much more.I've been on two tours before with Leger notably the 'Battle of the Somme and World War One and Two' which were fantastic because like many I found my relative who was killed at Passchendaele,sadly, one of the many who doesn't have a grave but who's name can be found on the memorial at Tyne Cot military cemetry.I thought nothing could surpass this visit until I went on a twelve day trip on the 23rd July in which I've wanted to do for years.It began with us visiting Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam and the terrible time she and her family endured in practically solitary confinement hiding from the Nazis.Then we found a headstone at Bergen-Belson to her and her sister in Germany and what a sad and lonely place that is...In total we visited the site of four Concentration Camps including the most infamous of them all - Auschwitz-Birkenau.I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be walking around the site of the biggest mass murders in history!It left me with the thought this shouldn't and needn't have happened and I'm so gratefull that Hitler didn't invade Britain in 1940 as the same thing would've took place here,hence my visit and to pay my respects to all those unfortunate victims who perished, because they were 'different'.
Oscar Schindler was a Nazi who saved his 1,200 Jewish workforce from certain death and we visited his factory and museum and learned how bad it was living in those days.We visited that many places over the twelve days including the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate and the remains of the Berlin Wall,not forgetting Check Point Charlie and the Wansee Conference Centre chaired by Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 who laid out the plans to exterminate 11 million European Jews; the 'FinalSolution.'
It was uncanny to actually sit in the courthouse where the Nuremburg War Crimes trials took place and stand on Hitler's bunker,something I've always wanted to do...All in all we travelled through six European countries and stayed in seven different hotels which were magnificent.Every hotel was smart,clean and tidy and the staff very polite and friendly.I must mention here our tour guide Paul who was once a military policeman and lived and worked in Berlin when the Berlin Wall was there.He was absolutely marvelous and being semi-disabled myself would always lend a hand.His knowledge of the events we saw and visited was second to none and I'll not forget the speech he gave us heading for Calais on the bus thanking all of us for our good behaviour.I take my hat off to him and not forgetting our drivers,Jim and Paul I believe,whose driving was sheer brilliance...
It's not everyones 'cup of tea' to visit Auschwitz but it wasn't all 'doom and gloom'.Two of the highlights of the trip is when we sailed down the river Rhine and saw Berlin at night.Beautiful!
Thank you Leger for making my dream come true.Highly recommended...
Summary: Best time of my life...
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