|Royal Palace in Warsaw's Royal Lazienska Park. Photo © Judy Wells.|
|LOT Dreamliner gets the inaugural traditional water spray welcome at Newark.|
Here's my take on Warsaw.
The HolocaustIt is impossible to ignore the tragedy of Poland's Jewish populations. From the mid-13th century, Poland was known as the most enlightened and tolerant of European countries. Its rulers gave Jews all the rights of Christians. Scholars, musicians, merchants, writers and scientists flourished and so did the country. All changed with the 20th century and the rise anti-Semitism exacerbated by fascists and Nazis, who turned Jews, gypsies and homosexuals into scapegoats for all of society's ills.
There were more than 3.5 million Jews, a large percentage of the world's Jewish population, living in Poland prior to World War II. More than 3 million of them were killed by war's end.
More Polish gentiles, 6,706, have been recognized by Israel for their efforts in saving Jews than in any other country.
|Flowers fill the base of the Holocaust Memorial at POLIN Museum of the History of polish Jews.|
|The current Old Town isn't so old. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Old Town after the war.|
|Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|The "Palace's" redeeming feature is its 360-degree view deck.|
|Outside the Warsaw Rising Museum. Photo ©by Judy Wells.|
|A recreated 17-18th century synagogue is exuberant from ceiling to floor.|
|Poles set up their own altars when Soviets discouraged religion. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|Inside the Neon Museum. Photos © by Judy Wells.|
|Chopin is front and center in Royal Lazienka Park. Photos © by Judy Wells.|
|Zoologist Richard Totola chats with Moshe Pirosh, who became friends with Richard, son of Zookeeper Dr. Dan and Augustina Zabinski, when as a 10-year-old he was hidden in the Zabinski's basement.|
|The tunnel through which Jews were smuggled into the Zabinski's basement and out to, if lucky, freedom.|
Food can be a highlight of your visit.
Elixer Dom Wodka, the vodka restaurant, combines imaginative cuisine with vodka pairings in a sleek setting.
Der Elefant attracts families and singles with a wide array of choices - pirogie to tartare to creative burgers and plate-filling fish. There's even a supervised children"s room so the adults can linger.
|Regent Warsaw Hotel Lobby. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Wasn't there long enough to evaluate the night life, said to be hopping, but Warsaw is definitely a work in progress.
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