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★★★★★

“The Story of Anne Frank & Oscar Schindler{ 23 July- 3...”

Written on: 24/08/2012

I would like to take this opportunity in thanking Leger Holidays for without doubt the greatest experience of my life.I've been on two Leger Holidays before,notably the 'Battle of the Somme'and 'W.W.1.and 2'which I thought couldn't be bettered because,like many,I found the name of a close relative killed at Passchendaele in the Great War,on the wall memorial to the missing.That was at the largest military cemetery at Tyne Cot,Belgium.However,the aforementioned experience {I prefer not to call it a holiday} surpassed everything...
I've always wanted to visit and pay my respects to undoubtedly the biggest crime in history,and I'm pleased that I booked the trip early this year.It was worth every penny.From the start we travelled to Amsterdam to follow the story of Anne Frank and her family and visited their house in which they hid for twenty five months from the Gestapo,and Anne wrote her World famous diary of that terrible time...We found a headstone to Anne Frank and her sister Margot when we visited the first Concentration Camp on our tour at Bergen-Belsen,Germany;a place that leaves you melancholy...They were sent first to Auschwitz.
Our next stop was the city of Berlin for a three day stay studying the 'Final Solution' at the Wannsee Conference building chaired in 1942 by the infamous Reinhard Heydrich, who laid out plans to exterminate 11 million European Jews.We also visited the holocaust memorial,the remains of the Berlin Wall,the Brandenburg Gate,Check-point Charlie,the Soviet War memorial and something I've always wanted to do...stand on Hitler's Bunker!
We then travelled to Krakow,Poland which like Berlin have never visited before for three days.Here we went to Oscar Schindler's factory and museum and learned first hand how he saved the lives of his Jewish workers from the extermination camps risking his own life and money, and dying penniless...
Then I guess we all had the experience of a lifetime when we spent some time at undoubtedly the biggest mass-murder site in history.Actually standing there rather than seeing it on t.v. documentrys was quite surreal;a real jaw-dropper.The sheer size of the place and what went on is not 'everyones cup of tea',but I'm pleased I went and pay my respects to what easily could've happened here in Britain,if Hitler had got his way...
My only disappointment of the whole tour is our next stop at Prague in the Czech Republic in which we saw the church in which the Czech assassins of Heinrich Heydrich fought,sheltered and committed suicide.I wish we had spent a little more time in Prague because like Krakow it has a Wow factor to it...
Our next stop was the War Crime Trials Courthouse at Nurenburg,Germany and it was uncanny to stand where the likes of Rudolf Hess and Herman Goering were administered justice...It wasn't an 'all doom and gloom' trip.Rather an experience of good and bad.Two excursions to our itinery was the unforgetable Berln by night and the cruise down the river Rhine,something I would definitely do again.And then the fantastic main square{Rynek Glowny} in Cracow which is huge...a gem.
But what made my Leger Holiday so perfect was undoubtedly our tour guide Paul who knew everything that was to know and on a personal note always gave me a hand, as I'm semi-disabled.Paul,I take my hat off to you..!Let's not forget our drivers,Jim and Paul who drove through city road-works around Europe and thousands of miles without a scratch.You were great!
Also,the seven hotel accommodations in our European trip were all first class,clean and tidy and the hotel personnel friendly and helpfull.Overall,it was,as I've mentioned,the best experience of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone.Perhaps the only downside is the travelling and more time could be had to spend at interesting places...

Regards,
John Boak.