Today marks the grand opening of the eagerly awaited Euro 2012 Championship which is being held in Poland and Ukraine. The newly refreshed England squad, now lead by the recently instated manager Roy Hodgson, will be looking to make a significant impact in a competition that has not been kind to the team in previous years.
Today however, football will take a back seat for the England squad as a group of the players are set to make the 40 mile trip from their training base in Krakow to the chilling Auschwitz Concentration Camp to pay their respects to thousands of people that lost their lives during the Second World War. The trip was put forward by England’s first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart after being persuaded by his father who said “You need to go and do this, go and see, experience it”. A number of the players will also visit Schindler’s Factory in Krakow; Oskar Schindler is credited with saving the lives of over a 1000 Jews during World War II whom he employed in his factory, saving them from the forces of Nazi Germany.
Krakow was one of the key locations of World War II. After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, it became a base of operations for the Nazi’s who chose it as the Capital location for their General Government. Those that lived there before its occupation were moved to concentration camps or specially built ghettos.
If you too would like to visit Auschwitz and the many other interesting locations scattered throughout Krakow, why not arrange a school trip and experience the unique setting for yourself.
Contact Adaptable Travel to arrange your next school trip to Krakow and Auschwitz.
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