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Old Apr 13th, 2002, 09:25 PM
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David, John> stop spreading hate and talk nonsense when you do not know the facts. Check this site to learn who were the 11milion that died which includes 3mil of Jews 3mil of Christian Poles etc... Also since Nazis kept good records - all names (including religion)are still in archives in those Camps.
http://holocaustforgotten.com/fivmil.htm

Kristina> Before buying tickets I would check with Polish Embassy, to see if you will be given visa to Poland (do to the fact that you were born in Poland and cosidered a dual citizen) see Ben's comments...Canadian citizens need visa to vist Poland - but since you may still be cosidered by Poland as Polish citizen they may require you to optain Polish Passport for travel to Poland. Also note that if you visit Poland on Polish passport - You will be considered a Polish and not Canadian citizen while in Poland (which maybe not be a good thing if any problems accur).
 
Old Apr 25th, 2002, 12:15 PM
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Kristina, I was also born in Poland and left many years ago. I have visited Poland in 1988 and I was using my American passport. I had no problems then. But I have heard the Polish government made something called a "trap" for some people visiting Poland. Basically, the passport laws are translated differently toward some and differently toward others. That should give you a lot of ammunition in case you have any problems. If they let you in, they will definitely let you out. If not, hire a lawyer and sue.

As far as the visit itself, when I was visiting Poland and that was 15 years ago it was bad, unfortunately now is much worse. This is what Polish people living in Poland are saying. I wouldn't go there myself right now. Maybe if you could go with a companion or maybe if you have some family there. Other than that my aunt says it's scary.
 
Old Apr 25th, 2002, 12:45 PM
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To Kristina.
On a recent trip to Poland mainly
Krakow-Katowice-Wroclaw no one even
took the time to inspect my passport.
I had to beg them to stamp it.I was born in Poland many moons ago and felt
I had to visit .If you polish is up
to par than you will not have too many
problems.If you can avoid the trains than do so.Also avoid Bytom-Katowice
area ,its the living hell.Not kidding.
Warsaw is big fast and not too nice but
remember it was raised in WWII.There are many places of interest.If you can
go with someone else just to have company you might have bettr experience.
If you want more info just leave a message here.
T

ps David I feel your pain but this is not the place for it.
 
Old Apr 25th, 2002, 12:46 PM
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To Kristina.
On a recent trip to Poland mainly
Krakow-Katowice-Wroclaw no one even
took the time to inspect my passport.
I had to beg them to stamp it.I was born in Poland many moons ago and felt
I had to visit .If you polish is up
to par than you will not have too many
problems.If you can avoid the trains than do so.Also avoid Bytom-Katowice
area ,its the living hell.Not kidding.
Warsaw is big fast and not too nice but
remember it was raised in WWII.There are many places of interest.If you can
go with someone else just to have company you might have better eperience.
If you want more info just leave a message here.
T

ps David I feel your pain but this is not the place for it.
 
Old Apr 26th, 2002, 06:29 PM
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Travelman: I'm not sure where you were crossing the border or if you got Poland confused with Europen Union Country, but on my very recent trip my passport as well as everyone elses was checked and stemped on arrival and when leaving. When leaving it was checked 4 times by verious people and stemped once. I entered and left Poland at Warsaw International Airport. My passport was stamped by very serious border guards. Also just because you allowed to enter Poland it does not mean that you will be allowed to leave. Poland's laws are bit crazy - Person is considered a Pole if they were born in Poland or if one of the parents were Polish (even when if they were born outside of Poland but one parent was Polish - then the child is considered Polish). As for getting a lawyer etc. good luck -you maybe told you have no case - and you have been advised by StateDept websites about Poland's crazy laws.
 
Old Apr 26th, 2002, 06:50 PM
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this from a country that puts screen doors on submarines
 
Old Apr 26th, 2002, 06:58 PM
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Agree with John - In Poland your passport gets stamped on arrival and when you leave (at least that's the case at all of Poland's international Airports)...
 
Old Apr 28th, 2002, 08:17 AM
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TO John.
NO sacasm intended but,please check
the map and my post at the same time
and maybe you will figure it out.

Good luck
T

ps.Hint( Krakow)not EU.
 
Old Apr 29th, 2002, 08:30 AM
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Travelman: I know where Krakow is - but there are various way to reach Krakow (as well as various crossings). Knowing how carefull Poland checks their visitors, I was just puzzled and curious, that no-one inspected your passport.
 
Old May 1st, 2002, 08:06 PM
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To John.
Flew in from Zurich.
The guard just took a cursory
look ond waved us on.
Some thing on the way out.

T
 
Old May 2nd, 2002, 03:56 AM
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We went to Poland a few years ago and loved it. I encouraged my niece to go to school their for a sememster. she loved it. My sister went to visit my niece she loved it. Go it is worth the trip and the people are wonderful. My husband and I were by ourselves, did not speak the language and got around fine. If we were confused we asked, most young people speak english. You will love the country. We are going back.
 
Old May 2nd, 2002, 05:58 AM
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Hi there,

I have been living in Krakow (Cracow) for 10 years now, so if you have any questions or need advice concerning your visit to Poland, I will try to assist.
Have a good trip!
(please use my email, I do not visit this page very often)
 
Old May 2nd, 2002, 09:22 AM
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Ela, if you are reading this your email address given above does not work. Help if you can.
 
Old May 3rd, 2002, 08:59 AM
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Ann/Ela: We plann to do a circle route through Poland in July. We will hit the obvious locations, Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Zakopane, etc. But, we plan to be in more rural areas as well, Trzebiatow, Mysliborz, Zary, Kiodsko, Ceiszen, Lesajsk, etc. Is there anything we need to be aware of other than normal traveling considerations? Thanks for your reply.
 
Old May 8th, 2002, 05:15 PM
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For Kristina -

http://www.polskiinternet.com/english/info/polishcitizen.html

It seems to me that this web site should answer your questions about Polish citizenship.
 
Old May 8th, 2002, 05:30 PM
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The level of Holocaust denial I saw in Poland was awe-inspiring. To say that the Poles were innocent victims is historical revisionism.

Even today (having gone to Poland a few years ago), some choice encounters: a) swastikas graffitied on buildings (then again, I suppose that's pretty much all Europe; b) synagogues that were turned into pool halls, bars, nightclubs, etc. with no commemoration whatsoever for the murdered community that used to live there; c) a gentleman who grinned and flamboyantly flicked his cigarette into the mausoleum of ashes of those murdered at Maidanek when he saw that we were a Jewish tour group; and d) apologists who claim that nothing happened.

If you do go to Poland, please do not turn a blind eye to the bad parts of the country's history. It will hurt your heart, but will be very important for your soul.
 
Old May 11th, 2002, 06:39 PM
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Joe> You may have a problem with places to stay/eat in small cities/towns/villages (esspecially outside of major truck routes), although with food you can always stop by by local deli and get something. I suggest getting place to stay in larger cities, and then drive to smaller to visit. Also note that Polish will probably be the only language spoken in those non touristy places. Dont forget to add Kolobrzeg and Torun to your list.
You can also email me with any questions.
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 08:56 PM
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Old Feb 2nd, 2003, 10:43 AM
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I may start a new thread with questions about this itinerary, but this one came up in a search (specifically, I was looking for info on Katowice). So it's as good a thread to extend as any.

We are planning the middle part of our itinerary - - spending 5 or 6 nights allocated between Prague (and one other destination in the Czech Republic) and southern Poland (possibly going as far east as Krakow?)

Does anyone have suggestions for a stop between Prague and Krakow? We'll have a car. On my list of considerations are Olomouc (CR) and Katowice, Poland. Or maybe this castle (but the lodging is not IN the castle) in Poland, near the Slovak border: http://hotelspoland.com/castle_palace/niedzica

Or this castle plus one other destination and forego Krakow? (since one night there is hardly doing it justice anyhow). Obviously, these 1-2 nights in Poland are intended just to get a "taste".

This is a trip I have been trying to get on my slate for almost three years now. The thread mentioned earlier is now long gone (must have gotten trashed) - - but there are other references back at least two years ago, especially in connection to the trip that Art (now aka "ahussey") did put together here.

Maybe with a little added experience to draw upon, there could still be a Fodorites' trip someday to these and other nearby destinations!

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Old Feb 2nd, 2003, 07:27 PM
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Topping one time, and then maybe a new thread would be more effective.
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