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Schindler’s List For Sale $2.2 Million

KRAKOW TOURS – Oskar Schindlers List, Krakow Tours.Schindler, the Czech businessman made famous by Stephen Spielberg for saving 1,200 Jews from the concentration camps, made 7 copies of his life-saving list.

The whereabouts of two of them are unknown, the Israeli Holocaust Museum has two, another is in a public archive in Koblenz, Germany, another is in the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., and the final extant list belongs to the Stern family, descendants of Schindler’s accountant and right hand man, Itzhak Stern.

After two years of negotiations with historic document dealer Gary Zimet of MomentsInTime.com, the Stern family has put that last known privately-held copy on the market. The price is a cool $2.2 million.

“It’s printed on onion-skin paper,” Zimet said. “It’s remarkable given the age and the paper. It’s in excellent shape.”

“This is the only remaining copy left in private hands,” Zimet said. “The rest are in museums.”

While Zimet expects that many museums will be interested in obtaining the list, he notes that the high price will require a patron to step forward. “These days, museums are all broke,” Zimet said.

Several copies of the list were made between 1944 and 1945. Every time Schindler submitted a new (and longer) list of employees to be spared the camps, he kept a carbon copy. According to the Stern family, this particular list of 801 names dated 18/04/1945 was the second to last one Schindler made.

Here’s hoping someone with cash could use the tax write-off and donate it to a public institution.

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Men sentenced over Auschwitz sign

KRAKOW TOURS – Men sentenced over Auschwitz sign

The three Poles who stole the ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign from Auschwitz have been sentenced by the Krakow District Court.

Pawel S. and brothers Radoslaw M. and Lukasz M. received prison sentences ranging from 18 months to two and a half years. In addition, they have been ordered to pay 10,000 zł for stealing and damaging the sign.

Two other men, believed to have been responsible for establishing contact with Anders Hogstrom, the Swedish former neo-Nazi who wanted the sign, are still awaiting trial. According to reports, the court wants to delay proceedings until Hogstrom has been extradited to Poland.

March 20, 2010 Posted by | News, Tour Information | , , , | Leave a comment

Slithery Breasts

KRAKOW TOURS – Police in Otwock were shocked when a large snake emerged from the cleavage of a woman they were questioning.

Dorota Mildrowska, 19, was brought into the station after authorities were called to a disturbance at a house party and found 19 bags of amphetamines.

During the questioning, officers watched as a 4 ft python began to come out from between her breasts.

“We respect civil rights so no one thought to look inside her blouse,” said a police spokesman.

March 20, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Guide to Polish Vodkas

KRAKOW TOURS – Proven masters of make-do with the potato as their primary resource, the Poles have been producing and drinking vodka since the early Middle Ages, distilling their skill into some of the best vodka blends available in the world, many of which date back centuries.

The two most highly regarded clear Polish vodka brands must be Belvedere and Chopin, both of which you’ll find in any alcohol shop. But you won’t find many tipplers throwing them back at the bar. While clear vodkas are generally reserved for giving away at weddings and mixing in cocktails, the real fun of Polish vodka sampling is the flavoured vodkas. Unlike beer with juice (regarded as highly emasculating), flavoured vodkas are embraced by both sexes and imbibed copiously.

Wiśniówka
Undoubtedl y the most common flavoured vodka, wiśniówka is a cheap, dangerously easy to drink, cherryflavoured variety. You’ll see students and pensioners alike buying trays of it at the bar, as well as toothless tramps sharing a bottle in corners of tenement courtyards. A splash of grapefruit juice is often added to cut the sweetness of this bright red monogamy cure.

Żołądkowa Gorzka
Due to its very name, which translates to something like ‘Bitter Stomach Vodka,’ Żołądkowa Gorzka gives even the most infirm of health an excuse to drink under the guise of its medicinal properties. An aged, amber-coloured vodka flavoured with herbs and spices, Żołądkowa has a unique aroma and sweet spiced taste unlike anything you’re likely to have tried before. Incredibly palatable, it’s best enjoyed when sipped on ice.

Krupnik
Popular in Poland and Lithuania, Krupnik is a sweet vodka made from honey and a multitude of herbs. Buy a bottle for Mum – drinking vodka doesn’t get any easier than this. In winter, hot krupnik is a popular personal defroster with hot water, lemon and mulling spices added.

Żubrówka
One of Poland’s most popular overseas vodka exports, Żubrówka has been produced in Eastern Poland since the 16th century. Flavoured with a type of grass specific to the primeval Białowieża Forest that straddles the border (a blade of which appears in each bottle), Żubrówka is faint yellow in colour, with a mild fragrance of mown hay and a subtle taste which has been described as ‘floral’ or having traces of almond or vanilla. Delightfully smooth as it is on its own, Żubrówka is most commonly combined with apple juice – a refreshing concoction called a ‘tatanka.’

Goldwasser
A celebrated Gdańsk tradition since 1598, Goldwasser is a unique alchemic elixir characterised by the 22 karat gold flakes floating in it. One of the oldest liqueurs in the world, Goldwasser’s secret recipe contains some 20 roots and herbs, combining to create a sweet, but spicy flavour with touches of anise, pepper and mint. While we thought turning the potato into vodka was an example of creative ingenuity, we’re not sure what sort of statement the practice of turning gold into vodka makes about Polish culture…

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Recommendations | , , , , | 1 Comment

Anti-terror cops hit wrong house

KRAKOW TOURS – Anti-terror police in Lodz lobbed stun grenades into a flat before storming it – only to realise they’d got the wrong address.

The armed cops were supposed to be raiding Apartment 6C but took a wrong turn and battered their way into Apartment 6 on the same landing.

“I heard pounding on the door and the sound of smashing glass. I ran into the kitchen and saw a masked man throw a grenade through the window,” said Malgorzata Malinowska whose foot was injured by the blast.

“I was hysterical and kept shouting they’d got the wrong flat. They only stopped when they saw my daughter,” she added.

Embarrassed police chiefs have apologised for the mix-up. “In cases like this you can expect compensation for any damage and an apology,” said anti-terrorist commander Maciej Karczynski.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pigeon tormenting


KRAKOW TOURS
– Two Brits will be brought to justice for tormenting pigeons in Krakow.

They were catching the birds on the Old Town square where pigeons flock to tourists for food. Next the Brits threw them in the air.

Both males have pleaded guilty and asked for a fine instead of trial. In Poland the crime is punishable by up to twelve months’ imprisonment.

The pigeons suffered broken wings and other injuries. They agreed to pay a fine of about £130

March 12, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Extradition over Auschwitz theft

KRAKOW TOURS – A court in Stockholm has ruled that a Swedish man can be extradited to Poland to face trial over the theft of a sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

Investigators accuse Anders Hogstrom, 34, of instigating the theft of the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign from the camp gates last December.

The sign was recovered shortly afterwards, cut into three pieces.

Mr Hogstrom, 34, a former neo-Nazi leader, is likely to appeal against his extradition, his lawyer said.

Five Polish men have already been arrested over the theft.

The sign, which weighs 40kg (90lb), was half-unscrewed, half-torn from above the death camp’s gate.

The 5m (16ft) wrought iron sign – the words on which translate as “Work sets you free” – symbolises for many the atrocities of Nazi Germany.

The theft caused outrage in Israel, Poland and around the world. More than a million people – 90% of them Jews – were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz in occupied Poland during World War II.

March 11, 2010 Posted by | News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sosnowski gets chance at world title

KRAKOW TOURS – Albert Sosnowski will challenge Ukrainian WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on May 29 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Thirty one year old Sosnowski , the Essex, England-based Polish European heavyweight champion, had previously been scheduled by to fight UK’s Audley Harrison for the European championship. But a chance at the world title was just too good to turn down.

“It’s a dream come true,” said the Pole, who has a record of only two losses in 48 fights.

Sosnowski, born in Warsaw, is also pleased that Germany will be hosting the bout. “Many Polish and Germans with Polish roots live in the Gelsenkirchen area and I hope that they will support me.”

Despite Klitschko’s fearsome reputation, Sosnowski was confident of success. “I will be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world,” he said

March 10, 2010 Posted by | News, Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Joke of the day

KRAKOW TOURS – The lower house of the Polish parliament came to a very bewildering decision, this week, over the proposed bill banning smoking in public places.

The bill, that would have brought Poland in line with other EU countries, was amended very liberally by Sejm (the lower house of parliament) now allows the owners of pubs and restaurants to decide for themselves whether they allow smoking on their premises.

I ask, what is the point of having a law that allows owners to now do something that was, and is, surely their right anyway. Why not pass a bill that allows the public to either walk or take a bus, or allow motorists to drive a car of the colour of their own choice.

It’s a pathetic watering down of an EU policy, whilst I don’t agree with the majority of EU policies, i quite like this one and it’s a shame (from my point of view) that Poland has decided to waste this opportunity to make their many great bars and restaurants a more pleasurable experience for non smokers.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Krakow Golfing Breaks


GOLF IN POLAND
Whilst being very new and small scale in Poland, Krakow boasts 2 good golf courses.

Krakow Valley Golf Club has an excellent 18 hole course which hosted the Polish Seniors championship in 2008, a PGA Seniors Tour event won by Ian Woosnam. The Royal Krakow Golf Club is a 9 hole course, which is as close as you’ll ever find to a links course 375 miles from the nearest sea.

Both courses have all the facilities you’d expect at a quality course, in the case of Krakow Valley, there is much more too; hotel, restaurant, horse riding, ski slope and even a shooting range. You can stay onsite to get the best of all the facilities, or stay in Krakow for the legendary nightlife. Whichever you preference KRAKOW TOURS will make all the arrangements for you.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Don’t laugh…… It could happen ???

KRAKOW TOURS – A Polish woman has filed a lawsuit against an Egyptian hotel after claiming her teenage daughter got pregnant from using the pool.

Magdalena Kwiatkowska claims her 13-year-old daughter conceived from a stray sperm floating in the hotel’s mixed-sex pool after she took a dip. The hotel was not named.

The teen returned to Poland from holiday expecting a baby. Kwiatkowska said her daughter did not meet any boys while she was in Egypt.

Tourist authorities in Warsaw confirmed the complaint. The mother is seeking compensation from the hotel.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

KFC The Funny Side

KRAKOW TOURS – A university lecturer has landed himself in hot water after informing his students that if they failed his exams, they would only be fit for working in fast-food chains with Irish ‘idiots’.

Dr. Bartosz Scheur, a business expert at the Wroclaw University of Economics, sparked outrage when he posted the comments on the university website and is currently under investigation from his superiors.

“If you haven’t passed the exam in micro-economics, I wish you a safe journey to Dublin, a nice job in KFC and unforgettable moments among idiots,” he wrote.

Not content with writing ignorant comments regarding Poles working abroad, he went on to make offensive jibes about depressed students cutting themselves.

“If, following the results, any of you intend harming yourselves, please do so outside the building as it’s easier to get rid of the blood on the linoleum floor than elsewhere.”

However Scheur has defended his actions by claiming that it was all just meant as a bit of fun.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Krakow Marathon 2010

KRAKOW TOURS – The 25th of April 2010 is the day of the annual Krakow Marathon.

With already over 1600 entrants, this years race promises to be the biggest ever for both runners and rollerbladers.

The route around the Old Town, through Kazimierz, along the Vistula river and out to Nowa Huta is one of the most scenic and historic in the world marathon calendar.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wedding Bells and Dirty Cells

KRAKOW TOURS – A groom ended up spending the first night of his honeymoon in a police cell after getting plastered at his own wedding.

36 year old Piotr Szymanski from Szczuka had been knocking back vodka at his reception, before deciding to drive his new wife back to the hotel.
After crashing into a pile of snow, he decided to try and flag down a passing car for help – unaware that it was a police car. Syzmanski was then arrested and his wife was taken to the hotel where she spent the night alone.

March 1, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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