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THE LEGACY OF WORLD WAR II

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This tour is designed to show you the complicated heritage of World War II and its lasting impact on the province.

 

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All about the THE LEGACY OF WORLD WAR II.

This tour is designed to show you the complicated heritage of World War II and its lasting impact on the province. You will learn about the inhumane system of forced labor and human suffering in the former Concentration Camp of Gross Rosen, you will visit a mysterious complex of underground tunnels whose purpose still eludes historians to this day, and you will discover facts about German aristocrat Helmuth James von Moltke, who established an anti-Nazi resistance group which became an important symbol in Polish-German reconciliation.

The tour starts in the state museum and a former German Nazi concentration camp of Gross Rosen. Originally a sub-camp of Sachsenhausen, from 1941 it became the largest fully autonomous camp in the Silesian province and was known for its deadly work conditions in the granite quarry. Find out about the German state’s machine of brutal forced labor and human annihilation. Experience the sobering feeling of visiting the former SS Cantine building, field crematoria, and memorial site while taking some time to reflect upon approximately 40,000 victims of Nazi terror.

Next you will visit the little village of Krzyzowa (former Kreisau). This place is very symbolic in different political and historic dimensions. Find out about the Moltke family, their impact on German militarism, the resistance against national socialism during the war, and the famous reconciliation mass from 1989 attended by the chancellor of the freshly reunited Germany Helmuth Kohl and first non-communist Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki.

 

Last sad and at the same time mysterious legacy of World War II is the Complex in the Owl Mountains. The program known under the code name Riese, which means giant in German, was a huge construction endeavour conducted from Autumn 1943 by the famous paramilitary organization Todt. The inmates, mainly from the Gross Rosen camp, worked in deadly conditions excavating the system of tunnels and shafts. Visit a part of the program in Walim, enter into the tunnels, find out about potential hypotheses of its purpose, see the guard rooms and spacious hall excavated in stone. Please note that there is a stable temperature of approx. 5-7 degrees Celsius and humidity of 98% through the whole year inside the tunnels, so please do not forget to take closed shoes and warm clothes with you. The visit in the complex takes approximately 1 hour.

 

  • Departure at 8.30 AM, we offer a hotel pick up
  • The drive from Wroclaw to Gross Rosen takes around 1 hour
  • 9.45 AM visit the former German Concentration Camp Gross Rosen with live guide in English (included in the price)
  • The tour takes around 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Around 11.45 AM -11.55 AM departure to Krzyzowa
  • The ride takes aprox 30-40 minutes
  • 12.30 AM visit the former propiety of the Moltke famliy (included in the price)
  • 1.00 PM – 2.00 PM take a free time to have lunch or coffee (not included in the price)
  • Around 2.00 PM departure to Walim “Riese” Complex
  • 2.30 PM visit the tunnels with audio guide in English (included in the price)
  • The tour takes around 1 hour.
  • There is a stable temperature of approx. 5-7 degrees Celsius and humidity of 98% through the whole year inside the tunnels, so please do not forget to take closed shoes and warm clothes with you.
  • 3.30 PM departure to Wroclaw – the ride takes around 1.5 hour
  • 5.00 PM Arrival to Wroclaw
  • The intinerary is only a estimation and can vary depending on road and weather conditions

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a sobering tour, that shows you the complicated heritage of World War II and its lasting impact on the province
  • Visit the former German Nazi concentration camp of Gross Rosen known for its deadly work conditions in the granite quarry.
  • Find out about the German strategy of extermination through labour
  • Visit the little village of Krzyzowa (former Kreisau) – the symbol of the German resistance against national socialism during the war
  • See the mysterious legacy of World War II – the Riese Complex in the Owl Mountains
  • Enter into the tunnels, find out about potential hypotheses of its purpose, see the guard rooms and spacious hall excavated in stone