Invitation to Poland, 5 – 8 January 2020

As part of the preparations for the commemorations at the beginning of May, we unexpectedly received an invitation to Poland. We had a close friendship with Leszek and Marytka, Warsaw for more then 15 years.

Leszek, now 90 years old, is still travelling abroad with his charming wife Marytka, so we were especially looking forward to a reunion with both of them. Her life story is incredible, fascinating, but true. Arrested in the Warsaw Uprising, Leszek came to Kahla as a forced laborer.

To this day, he has kept all his documents as well as his “P” license plate. We were emotionally moved when he expressed the wish to hand over this volume to our club.

He was the best historical guide in Warsaw you could wish for. On our tour, next to the Warsaw Uprising Museum, where he is also listed by name, was the military honor cemetery for all the victims, as well as to all the victims of the Warsaw Uprising, the monument to the forced laborers, the monument of the guarded eternal flame, the former ghetto and of course also the impressive old town of Warsaw with double ring wall.

If Leszek was a great guide for us, Marytka was a remarkable cook who spoiled us with the delicious Polish cuisine, which she always served in several courses. In long conversations in the cozy home of both of them, the four days passed far too quickly.

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