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June 6, 2015

2nd annual “Ride for the Living” from Auschwitz to Krakow

When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time in 1998, I told my Jewish tour guide that I would like to return some day to visit the Auschwitz II (Birkenau) camp again. She warned me not to come during the time of “The March of the Living” when Jewish teenagers from Israel would be there, marching with flags of Israel, from the Birkenau camp to Krakow, to honor their ancestors who were killed at Auschwitz. This woman was Jewish herself and she told me that it would be dangerous for a non-Jew to be anywhere near the Birkenau camp at that time.

Bicycle ride from Auschwitz-Birkeanu to Krakow on June 5, 2015 (Photo Credit: Jakub W. Bodek)

Bicycle ride from Auschwitz-Birkeanu to Krakow on June 5, 2015  (Photo Credit: Jakub W. Bodek)

My photo of the former Auschwitz Administration building, which is now a  Catholic church

My 2005 photo of the same building, which is now a Catholic church

My photo above shows the former SS headquarters, built in 1944 at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was converted into a Catholic church and a school after the camp was liberated.

The building, shown in the photos above, is located about a quarter of a mile north of the red brick gate house into the Birkenau camp, which is on this same road, but on the opposite side of the road. The road in the photo is used  today by the Polish residents of the village of Birkenau.

My photo of the former administration building at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

My photo of the former administration building at Auschwitz-Birkeanu; the road, shown in the foreground, goes into the former camp

In the photo above, the road in the foreground is inside the former Birkenau camp. A barrier gate prevents cars from driving into the camp, but tourists can walk into the camp on this road.

The road in the photo leads to the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V.

Before Krema IV and Krema V were put into operation in the summer of 1943, trucks brought the Jews from the Judenrampe, where they got off the trains, down this road to the “little red house” where the first  gassing of the Jews allegedly took place.

The road shown in the foreground of the photo directly above goes past the section of the Birkenau camp that was called “Mexico”. The section called Mexico was never finished; before the Nazis abandoned the Birkenau camp in January 1945, they took down the wooden barracks buildings in the Mexico section and moved them to the Gross Rosen concentration camp.

The ruins of a barrack in the section of Mexico at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The ruins of a barrack in the section of Mexico at Auschwitz-Birkenau with Polish houses in the background

The following quote is from the news article about the Ride for the Living:

The Russians’ arrival in Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 meant that Marcel Zielinski was free. But the 10-year-old’s mother and father had already departed the concentration camp on a forced march while children and sick prisoners were left behind. So with a group of children and teenagers, most older than him, Zielinski walked Krakow to search for his parents and his old home.

On Friday, the 80-year-old Zielinski embarked on the journey from Auschwitz to Krakow once again, this time on a bicycle and accompanied by his son and two granddaughters. Seventy years after he set out on foot from a camp set up to exterminate the Jews of Europe, he and about 85 others were taking part in the second annual Ride for the Living.

Organized by the Jewish Community Center of Krakow, the event is about remembering the darkest period of Jewish history in Poland, but also about celebrating the growth of a young community now flourishing in Krakow and across the country.


  1. Noticed a small error…
    “My 2005 photo of the same building, which is now a Catholic church”
    The first picture shows Birkenau’s “Death gate” (see windows at top), not the SS administration building. 😉

    Comment by Mikael Olafsson — February 15, 2017 @ 1:25 pm

    • You wrote: “The first picture shows Birkenau’s “Death gate”.

      I have looked at the photos, and I believe that you are wrong. The blog post, to which you are referring, has been up for more than a year, and you are the first person to claim this. Birkenau’s death gate is not on a major highway.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 15, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

    • I have looked at the photo again. The building is on the other side of the road, not the side of the road where Birkenau’s Death Gate is located.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 15, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

      • FG. I got something for you to look into. It appears the wetbacks are protesting here in Texas,by not showing up for their ” minimum wage,we hire wetbacks,fast food restaurants “. Hey. There’s a bunch of restaurants in Austin closing up tomorrow . They’re pissed because INS is doing their job. Raiding businesses that hire wets. You heard anything about this?

        Comment by Tim — February 15, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

        • You wrote: “Raiding businesses that hire wets. You heard anything about this?”

          No, I have not heard this.

          Comment by furtherglory — February 16, 2017 @ 5:49 am

  2. Sunday morning and time to check the BBC website . Thought I would check the article on why “time passes more quickly as you get older”. Seems innocent enough .The writer manages to get a reference in such an innocuous article to the state religion of the Holocaust and how non believers are vile .

    Comment by peter — June 7, 2015 @ 3:26 am

    • Manipulated history can offer us clumsy impostures like Piltdown man, or the vile fantasies involved in Holocaust denial.


      Comment by eah — June 7, 2015 @ 7:41 am

      • I’m still trying to stop laughing over the story where the Jews “scalped” a few nazis during an uprising . Im sure the Arapaho and Chippewa nations would get a big laugh outta that.

        Comment by Tim — June 7, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  3. I was recently at Majdanek when bus loads of these annoying little assholes were parading around waving flags and wearing large star-of-david emblazoned sweatshirts replete with armed guards. I was wondering how the polish government allowed plain clothes men openly carrying automatic weapons but of course normal laws don’t apply to Gods chosen. The entire group was loud and obnoxious, constantly irritating the other patrons of the camp, which is likely why holocausts happen in the first place.

    Comment by Schlageter — June 6, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    • I don’t know what you believe about a higher being,but I accept there is one. The funny thing about the Hebs is they missed one Iportent fact. It’s quite clear in the bible what Christ says about that. “No one comes unto my father except through me.” Tell the jews,”enjoy hell”.

      Comment by Tim — June 6, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

      • The Jews don’t believe in hell. I learned that from watching “The Big Bang Theory” which is full of Jewish references.

        Comment by furtherglory — June 7, 2015 @ 8:59 am

        • I probably should’ve figured that out a long time ago. Jews are far too good for us lower life forms. Since that flys in the face of everything ( along with a lot of other they go against) I was taught. They clearly have a different God than mine. Hell Alister Crowley for all I know

          Comment by Tim — June 7, 2015 @ 11:40 am

          • The Jews believe that non-Jews are not human. That is why it is O.K. for Jews to lie, steal and cheat in their relations with non-Jews.

            Comment by furtherglory — June 7, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

            • WTF! We gotta listen to them cry a river,because the Krauts were supposedly treating them like animals and less than. They bought this on themselves . My mom taught me growing up,nobody is better than me and I’m not better than anyone else . H saw a movie one time. The aliens are attacking the planet. Inside the bunker are different groups of people. The Jews are praying. This man walks up to the group and the head jew tells him to join them in prayer. The man looks at the head jew and says,”but I’m not Jewish “. To which the head Jew replies,”that’s okay. Nobodies perfect”. U never gave that scene much thought until just now. Clearly a lot of Jewish writers in that script. It must be hard being perfect. That’s what I like about where I live. Houston is 2 hours east of me. All the Jews stay there. Where I live it’s Anglos,Hispanics,Blacks and Orientals. Now I can’t help but think if jews from Houston moved out here,they’d sabatoge our tranquil balance. Hell. The Jews make the Klan,Panthers and ABs look like saints. The Jews look like hate mongers. How the hell do people get this much influence? I’d rather be back in the jungle having someone shoot at me. At least I know they hate me. Jews are like that old song.”they smile in your face. All the time they wanna take your place,the back stabbers”

              Comment by Tim — June 7, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

            • Okay a long as we’re on the subject of gas houses I’ve got a question. In the mid to late 30’s around Laredo. Railcars crossing the Texas/Mexico border were fumigated at fumigation stations. You could pack a couple cars in there at the same time. Air tight chambers . 3 Part gas return system ( whatever that is). Gas return duct. Supply duct and a blower unit for mixing and distribution of the gas. These were in use in European countries at the same time they were in the states. So when the Jerrys are setting up their gas houses,not one of them had ever heard of these? I mean they were great with logistics on a mass production scale. Seems to me they would get more bang for their buck. Yeah I know they sorted through them to see who is good for work,and who ain’t . Couldn’t they have sorted them off at the freight terminal where they were loaded for shipping. Seems to make better sense. It would save a lot of extra work in the long run. Train pulls into the camp and goes straight to the gas tunnel. Roll a couple cars in at a time and bump off twice the amount. It make for a shorter work day. A person would be able to get to the local tavern a lot quicker

              Comment by Tim — June 7, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

  4. They’re flourishing, all right. More and more every day.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — June 6, 2015 @ 11:26 am

    • I think their just pissed because they know they’ll never be able to go to “Chillis” and eat baby back ribs

      Comment by Tim — June 6, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

  5. I hesitated to write the exact words spoken by my Jewish guide, who was a relatively young girl. She said that the young Jewish boys and girls on the “March of the Living,” had been known to attack non-Jewish visitors during the march. She told me how the young Jews would trash their hotel rooms and cause other damage.

    Comment by furtherglory — June 6, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    • Typical savages. I’ve always been the kind of person that don’t like being told where he can go or what he can do. If I gave 2 shits about their bike ride one way or another,I’d say road trip to the promised land to educate some people. Some arrogant little c**k sucking wanna be if you ask me. Then again I think about the 2 little p**sies from the JDL. One offed himself in L A County JailThe other was taken out by an AB at Phoenix FCI. Yeah the jew worms are real badasses. Well. Munich,Bohn,Offenbach. Those 3 chapters come to mind. The 81’s ( Hells Angels) have about 15 chapters in Germany . 2 of those are the H A Nomads ( enforcement arm for the Angels ). Maybe we could get one of those chapters to “crash the jew party”. That would be worth taking a trip over for that alone. Every now and again I would run across stories somewhat like this when I still supported the jews and their tales of sorrow. Now I’ve deduced all they is a bunch of little children,not capable of defending themselves and screaming for attention. To quote the youth of today,”bitch please”! Yeah,their bullshit has gotten old real quick.

      Comment by Tim — June 6, 2015 @ 11:15 am

  6. Dangerous? You lost me on that one .

    Comment by Tim — June 6, 2015 @ 10:34 am

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