Poland has known such suffering, conquered so many times and being forced to live under brutal occupation, but never to suppress the fire that kept the human spirit burning.
I/we know little about this in the West. We know so much more about the horrors of the Holocaust; but nothing of the more than two million Catholic Poles who were killed by the Nazis for hiding or sympathising with the Jewish people. So more the elation in seeing the young rising to the opportunities that present themselves in this new 21st century of Freedom.
A visit of the US President was part of the celebration, and an opportunity for him to meet with the new, freely elected President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. It is hoped that Ukraine might draw strength from the Polish experience, and rebuild their nation, outside the influences of Russia and Communism, into a thriving democratic country.Click to see the photo album of our visit to The Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland Click here to see the photo album of our stay in Krakow. Click to see the photo album of our visit to Warsaw, Poland
While on the road, I find time to add captions to the photos in the albums. Hopefully, these captions will provide the outline of a story that gives you some idea of what we are experiencing.