Auschwitz Concentration Camp
A dark chapter in the world’s history
Possibly the most famous extermination camp in the world that was constructed by the German army during World War II, the Auschwitz Concentration Camp still stands just an hour’s drive from the centre of Krakow.
The original use for the camp was to hold Polish political prisoners that disrupted the workings of the dominating Nazi party, which had taken control of the country. Between the years 1942 and 1944 the camp shuttled Jews and many other minorities from across German-occupied Europe by train to the site, killing around 1.1million innocent people.
It is known that 1 in 6 victims of the holocaust lost their lives within the 40 kilometre squared boundary of Auschwitz. The camp is known to have seen 144 successful escapes, one of the most notable being that of a Ukrainian and 3 Poles who stole SS uniforms, armed themselves and drove out of the front gate in a military vehicle unchallenged.
Today the site draws in around 1.4million visitors annually providing flawless and informative guides that are sure to humble visitors from any background across the world. Auschwitz is one place on earth that must be visited during a lifetime simply to remember the fallen during this monstrous period of the 1900s. It’s hard to believe that this camp was operational just over 50 years ago and was staffed by 7000 members of the Nazi regime. A tour typically consists of looking around the ruined gas chambers, residential barracks, crematoria and permanent onsite museum unveiling stories of utter heroism and despair.
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