Why I cried on the World War 2 Walking Tour in Warsaw

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If you have a spare couple of hours and an interest in history, I highly recommend you join the World War 2 walking tour in Warsaw. I had planned to take the Old Town tour however, after exploring most of the Old Town myself earlier in the day, I thought it would be more interesting to see another side to the city. Generally, city tours share a great deal of historical facts and information but with the World War 2 Tour, be prepared to be shocked and saddened by the tragic history of Warsaw and the Polish people. I thought I knew a lot about what happened in Poland during World War 2 but it seems I had no idea how terrible it was …

The tour will take you around some seemingly uninteresting sights in the city centre, however, as you learn about each of these places and the events that took place there, you will be transported back in time. Warsaw was almost completely destroyed during the war and has gradually been rebuilt and restored, in many cases with original stones. Buildings which appear to be from the 18th century have actually been built in the last 20 years, and although this sounds strange, there is nothing about Warsaw which feels inauthentic.

You will learn about the Warsaw ghetto, something which you have probably read about in history books however, here you will be standing in that very place. The place where hundreds of thousands of Jewish people were forced to live in poverty and disease … the same place where those hundreds of thousands of people died when eventually the ghetto was razed to the ground under the rule of Hitler. You will hear about the story of the young teenage men who desperately tried to save their captured friend from a German prison truck by ambushing it as it drove from the German HQ to the prison. You will stand on the corner where they hid, waiting to attack the vehicle, and where many of them were killed while carrying out their heroic act. And, you will stand next to plaques on walls in the streets that tell you how many innocent people were executed in that exact place. Lined up against a wall and killed for no reason, and all of this happened just 70 years ago …

If you don’t shed a little tear while you are on this tour then I don’t think you are human! Warsaw is an incredibly beautiful city and hearing these stories of the pain and suffering that the good people of Poland experienced is truly life changing. They have rebuilt their city, brick by brick. The idea to destroy their history and their culture almost would have worked if it wasn’t for the determination and bravery of the Polish people.

To find out more about the Free World War 2 Walking Tour in Warsaw, visit the Orange Umbrella Tours Website

 

The memorial to the Polish resistance …

world war 2 walking tour warsaw

The grave of the unknown soldier …

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The marking showing where the ghetto walls once stood …

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350 innocent polish people were executed here, this plaque is a reminder …

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