Auschwitz concentration camp

Auschwitz concentration camp [Wiki] was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps.

Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941, and Auschwitz II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi Final Solution to the Jewish Question. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish; approximately 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp.

Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Romani and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses, and tens of thousands of others of diverse nationalities, including an unknown number of homosexuals. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.

In the course of the war, the camp was staffed by 7,000 members of the German Schutzstaffel (SS), approximately 12 percent of whom were later convicted of war crimes. Some, including camp commandant Rudolf Höss, were executed. The Allied Powers refused to believe early reports of the atrocities at the camp, and their failure to bomb the camp or its railways remains controversial. One hundred forty-four prisoners are known to have escaped from Auschwitz successfully, and on October 7, 1944, two Sonderkommando units—prisoners assigned to staff the gas chambers—launched a brief, unsuccessful uprising.

Auschwitz tombstone written in Cyrillic.

Auschwitz is very popular and sad place to be at. Auschwitz entrance building. Remainings of the old railroad. Only some of the baracks remain.

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WordCamp Split 2016 #WCHR

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend and give a talk at WordCamp Split. WordPress in Croatia is unique, with WordPress meetups in four or five cities across Croatia, WordPress community can enjoy different Croatian city every year. The city of Split was the host this year.

Everything started on Friday, September the 2nd  and the WordPress workshops. Aleksandar Savkovic gave knowledgeable Workshop titled “Is your product easy to use and why it isn’t“.

WordCamp Split 2016
Visit for more: https://www.facebook.com/WordCampCroatia/photos

On politics and our journey to Split

It will be awesome if there are no politicians, like, from this point on. I think this weekend are the elections in Croatia, and politicians are firing and backfiring on the Croatia – Serbia line. In the last a couple of months you could hear a lot of crap coming from the politicians on both sides, but, as I said and gonna repeat: “War ended 21 years ago, get the fuck over it!”.

Everyone was super welcoming and polite, and that is what I was expecting before our journey there. Driving to Split, leaving my car in the parking lot and not worrying about it is something that I got used. I felt safe in Croatia. I felt safe in Split. Same goes for everyone from Serbia that was attending.

Back to WordCamp Split

People in these part of the World are really into the community and being a part of something this great is a big plus for them. You can see that on their faces.

I gave a talk on how easy it is to join Theme Review Team and what are the benefits of contributing back to WordPress.

Here is the link to the slides: http://slides.com/lanche86/wchr2016/

Key takeaways:

  • Contributing costs, but, you will learn a lot
  • Every contribution counts
  • Start with: make.wordpress.org/themes
  • Theme Review Team could use your help
  • Weekly TRT meetings are a great way to get involved
  • Check out VVV and VV
WordCamp Split 2016
Visit for more: https://www.facebook.com/WordCampCroatia/photos

Once the video goes public, I will update the post and insert the link, but, in the meantime, check out these tweets:

And of course this one:

https://twitter.com/eblagonic/status/771828817648246784

 

 

WordCamp Split 2016 #WCHR

On smells from a past

It is always so interesting when a minor detail in your day recalls so many memories. Like, whenever I hear a noise of the wooden floor in my parent’s living room when I pay them a visit suddenly I feel like home. I feel safe. I feel like I never left. Memory is still there.

We have been living separate for eleven years now, and, although we are one hour drive, unfortunately, I am not visiting them as much I as I would love to.

Until I moved to Belgrade, I lived in a small village, around 2k residents, and that is the place I call Home. And to my place in Belgrade, I always referred as a The apartment, never thought of it as my new home, dunno why :/

I passed a long way from living in the countryside, doing a lot of farming, fruit picking to organizing the WordCamp for 2k people.

So, right now, it’s 10 pm, and I am so eager to recall as many memories as I can, while I am at my parent’s house. They are making the last preparation for tomorrow’s peach picking, and I am working on convincing my father to bring me along :) I am totally aware that I don’t have to, but, still, “me wants to” :D

We did a lot of peach picking, and I mean – a lot. That was our only way to survive, and farming was a primary source of income. A lot of amazing memories and moments followed while we were at our peach plantages. Never did fancy family holidays or reunions, but, a lot of quality time together spent while working and I my parents thought me that the only way to make it in this World is to work, and to work hard.

I would love to finish this article with the favorite quote from my favorite movie:

godfather-family-quote

On smells from a past

WordCamp within a WordCamp

WordCamp Europe 2016, was a blast, we can all agree on that! The whole organizing team and everyone involved put a lot into making it happen and now, from this point of view, I can say THIS WAS A GREAT WORDCAMP!

They say it’s not over until you blog about, so I listen :)

For all of you, who shared last a couple of months with me, you know what I have been through; these last three – four months has been a quite a horror, it all started with a knee surgery, followed by breaking down the engagement, but, thanks to organizing and fully focusing on both WordCamp Belgrade and WordCamp Europe everything’s fine now :)

WordCamp Europe, August 2015

I could start this paragraph saying “One chat that changed it all” :) So I remember like it was yesterday, I got a Slack notification on w.org and was from Petya. I replied just with: “AAAAAAAAAAAA” once I found out about me being accepted into the #WCEU organizing team.

Joy, stress, happiness, sorrow

So, organizing the event this size was a great experience, and I would do it all over again if I could. Incredible journey. Since I was the part of the remote team, in charge of volunteers and Contributor day this was an entirely new experience for me. I never did anything even close to this size event. Alongside with Peter, I organized roles for about 160 volunteers; and with Rocio and Alex Kirk, we pulled off organization for 450 contributors.

 

After it was officially over, this tweet sums it pretty much:

 

Luca Sartoni, behind the scenes photos

Florian Ziegler’s awesome album

 

See y’all in Paris!

WordCamp within a WordCamp

…and I am off to a knee surgery 

After I got back a couple of days ago from my skiing trip in Slovenia I was diagnosed with broken ligaments and damaged meniscus…

My bad knee is something that was bothering me for about 3 – 4 years now, and having the minor ski accident just brought all together and surgery is a must this time.

I am getting off the cab now. Will post updates on this, asap…

See ya! 😉

…and I am off to a knee surgery