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“The locals want to talk with you” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Plaszow Concentration Camp

Plaszow Concentration Camp
ul. Jerozolimska | Nearest Tram stop - Dworcowa, Krakow, Poland (Kleparz)
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Ranked #50 of 134 attractions in Krakow
Type: Historic Sites
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally a forced labor camp, this concentration camp was built on the grounds of two former Jewish cemeteries in the summer of 1942 during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
Cologne, Germany
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“The locals want to talk with you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

My wife and I were Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine. On a trip to Krakow (1996) we made sure that we went to Plaszow. It was a little difficult to find but when we showed the picture of the monument to a local, they gave us directions. More importantly, after we walked to the site, this old gentleman who gave us directions showed up in his car. Understand, we received training in Ukrainian language but lived in an ethically part of eastern Ukraine. This gentleman was a young boy during WWII and saw the depredation. He was talking on and on about what he saw. with our Ukrainian language experience, we could understand a bit of what he said. More importantly, he obviously remembered the depredation that he saw. I don't know what was more impressive: being on these hallowed grounds or listening to this wonderful person.

Also, visit the old Jewish district. We were there after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.. Go to Ariel, a wonderful restaurant. It has been awhile but trust it is still good.

Visited May 2011
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Malmo, Sweden
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“Makes you think!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

This place used to be a camp during the war and today it´s a big green field area with some memorial markings that tells you that it used to be a labourcamp there once. Being there and overlooking the size of the area really makes you think. We took one of the small touristcars from the old town one afternoon, because I´ve read about this place. Our driver was an older polish man who spoke little but understandable english and he told us a lot about this place and some stories of his family during the war. Hearing this makes it even more sad. It´s really worth a visit. On the way back he drove us to Amon Göth´s house and to the Grey House. Can actually tell you one thing! Amon couldn´t and didn´t shoot any people from his house, but he did it from his place just in the camp. He also took us to the place that once was the jewish getto Podgorsze.

Visited July 2010
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Peaceful remembrance.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

I visited the site of the Plaszow Concentration Camp as part of a private tour covering sites associated with Schindler's List and Kazimierz. The site is well south of the Vistula River and a bit tough to find without a guide. There is a rather imposing monument overlooking the site of the camp, none of which exists anymore. It is more a place to pay respects to those affected by the tragedy and not relive/learn about the time period in question. Evidently there is plans to turn the site into a "walk through" park/outdoor museum but as of September 2009 this had not taken place and may just be conjecture.

Worth a visit if you are interested in the time period.

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