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Where in the world am I? And the winner is…

Where in the world am I Sept 28For this week’s Where in the world am I? we celebrate history and tragedy in celebration of moving forward.

This week’s where in the world am I? This week we focus on history again – but this time somewhere completely different. A few guesses on last week’s “Where in the world am I?” inspired me for this week’s post. This place is the site of another tragic event, quite possibly one of the most tragic in the history of the world. Many people lost their lives here as the world came together to fight a common enemy. Never has recent history seen such a villain or a place as tragic as this.

Are these clues not enough? Follow along on Facebook and Twitterto get more hints on Wednesday and Thursday!

  • Leave your guess on the blog only (no Facebook or Twitter guesses allowed) by Thursday, September 29 11:59 PM EST
  • Hints will be given on Twitter and my Facebook fan page throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday
  • One guess per hint (with each hint, you can leave a new guess)
  • Winners will be announced on Friday with a brief profile of the winner on this post, shout outs on Twitter and Facebook, and a link to a recent post on Facebook!
  • Even if you don’t write about travel at all, join in the fun and tell us what you love about travel!

This week saw a number of people answer this one correctly. Congrats to Jenna Francisco for being this week’s winner as she identified this photo as Auschwitz/Birkenau, Poland.

Congrats to a number of people for answering this correctly. While Jenna was the lucky randomly selected winner from all the correct answers, kudos to Erik, Ted, Lisa, Jordan, Mark, Ben, Eric, and Will!

Auschwitz II/Birkenau, Poland – In October 1941, Auscwitz II in Birkenau was opened as the Nazi Germany concentration camp was extended and opened to even more Jews and prisoners. Auschwitz II was actually in Birkenau while the original Auschwitz was concentration camp was based in the Polish town of Oswiecim. Millions of Jews died during World War II with many of them perishing here in Auschwitz.

January 27 was established as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Auschwitz to commemorate the liberation of the camp by the Russians in 1945. While freedom was granted to many that day, two men actually escaped Auschwitz years earlier and shared their information with those in Hungary. This opened the door to the eventual liberation of the prisoners there.

Auschwitz is a solemn, tragic reminder of one of the most horrific events in history. May it never again be repeated.

Jenna Francisco (@Thismyhappiness) is a traveling mom who knows all about cross cultural relationships as she is married to a Brazilian. She spent time studying in Florence and later taught English in the Czech Republic. She has traveled throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. She loves art and family travel and is committed to sharing her love of travel, culture, and the world with her kids.

Follow Jenna on Facebook and keep up with her travels and tips on her blog – This is My Happiness

Congrats to all those who answered correctly and can’t wait to do this again next week!

What is “where in the world am I?” all about?

Reading travel blogs and getting travel information is great! I love doing it and learn about some great new places every day. However, for those that don’t have time to read a lot of travel blogs, this is a great way to share about where you are visiting, where you have recently been, or where you are going and a fact about that place. This way, people have a way of learning about new places and destinations and interesting information about that place.

Start your own “Where in the world am I?” series on your blog and let’s share our photos and facts about places! Feel free to share your “where in the world am I?” posts each week on this blog to participate. And share on Twitter with the hashtag #whereinworld every Wednesday!

Leave your name, link to your “Where in the world am I?” post, and make sure you link back to my blog post each week! Let’s enjoy this new travel game!

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  1. Will Hawkins says:

    This is Birkenau in Poland; the site of the Nazi concentration camp more widely known as Auschwitz.

    It’s a sobering place. @whawkins

  2. Pippa says:

    Hi! This looks and sounds like it might be a concentration camp in Poland, Dachau? I have wiki-ed about these camps, as I realised I don’t know very much about them (other than what I read in “The Book Thief” and watched in the films). I feel like I ought to go and visit one whilst I am in Berlin, but it would make a very bleak day out.

    I hope I will be able to join in this each week :) I need to post more often about my travels

    • Pippa, you weren’t too far off. It was Auschwitz in Poland. I’ve been to Dachau as well and any of these concentration camps are a solemn, tragic reminder of these horrors. Thanks for playing along and look forward to you playing again in the future!

  3. eric kam says:

    Auschwitz (sector Blla)
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  4. I’m not sure, but I’d guess it’s a concentration camp. After more clues I’ll be more specific…
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  5. I really don’t know where this is but it reminds me of a Concentration Camp.
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  6. MarkG says:

    Auschwitz II-Birkenau Extermination Camp, Poland

  7. Jenna says:

    Birkenau! I went there twice, the first time in the winter and everything was covered in snow. Unforgettable.

  8. Jordan says:

    Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
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  9. Lisa says:

    I’m pretty certain that it’s a concentration camp but not sure which one. I’m going to guess that it’s Auschwitz.
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  10. Darn, I picked the wrong death camp. It is Auschwitz. I visited there in 2003, but I did not recognize it from the camera angle.
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  11. I’ve been researching all of the concentration camps, trying to find one less known than Auschwitz. I should have gone with my first instinct! How was the experience? I’d really like to go someday. I visited Neuengamme, Germany when I went to Hamburg after college, but don’t remember much except for the smoke stacks. Ugh. They really need to keep places like this open so people never forget the atrocities humans are capable of.
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    • My reaction to Auschwitz? Anger. However, people go through various emotions and feelings when visiting it’s impossible to sum up the experience and feelings for everyone that visits. Everyone’s reaction is unique based on their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and who they are. Regardless, you can’t forget it but nor do you ever want to see another place like this in the future.

      I’ve also visited Dachau which is similar to this. However, Auschwitz is much more tragic and solemn because of its significance. I will have a post coming up about Auschwitz soon so stay tuned. These places are tough to visit but are necessary so that people never forget. Nearly 70 years after it was liberated, Auschwitz is still so powerful and educational to generations around the world.

    • Jenna says:

      Yes, it’s definitely worth a visit. I went there twice (both times as day-trips from Krakow); they were days that are hard to define, but they were definitely educational, eye-opening, difficult… There is something about being at the actual place and seeing all those piles of suitcases, hair, shoes, etc. I wrote a bit about it: http://thisismyhappiness.com/?p=1441

      Abi from Inside the Travel Lab has a few great posts about it. Here is one and links to the others are at the bottom: http://www.insidethetravellab.com/into-auschwitz/
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  12. Thanks to everyone for playing this week and answering correctly. Jenna was selected as the winner but so thankful for those of you who participated and answered correctly!

    May we remember Auschwitz and the events that happened there that they may never be repeated again!

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