It was apartment check time once again, and we made our once-in-every-nine-week trek to Szczecin. We always enjoy these one day jaunts (maybe not a jaunt – six hours of driving time), and the countryside was vibrant with beautiful fall colors. The Elders are working hard in this city, and their attendance at church, which was about 6 when we first started coming here, has increased to 10. For us, here in Poland, this is significant!
When we come to Szczecin we try to see something different in the city each time. Last Monday the Elders were going to tour the underground air raid shelters used during WWII and the bomb shelter connected to it used during the Cold War years. This was quite a fascinating experience to get a glimpse of these troubled times in the history of this country. Szczecin was a German city at the time of the war, so the bombing of the city was done by Americans and British planes. The bombs were strategically dropped preserving government buildings or buildings that could be used after the war for administration.
The original tunnel under the city was made by one of the kings in the 1700 or 1800′s. This was expanded to be a huge tunnel with concrete walls 3 meters thick for war time safety for the citizens. The shelter is located under the present day railroad station in Szczecin. After the war the shelter was used for a radiation shelter during the Cold War and had various areas for administration and training.