- AUSCHWITZ AND BIRKENAU -

 

Auschwitz Birkenau, as a most recognizable symbol of German holocaust, is the must have on what to see in Poland, especially while holiday in or near Krakow. This is a place, where everybody can spend some time for reflecting about the terror of war and fate of social discriminated. Nazi dead camps are saved as a monument of the biggest crime against humanity, which can be more than useful in realizing ourselves about the times when something like race could decide your fate. The original roads, fences, watchtowers and gas chambers are the silent witnesses of the tragic history of humankind. Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is forcing us to deal with painful questions about the scale of crimes and ruthlessness of Third Reich to Jewish people. Auschwitz is not a place to be liked but must be honored. Witness it, and tell everyone, don't let this place to be forgotten. Learn the history of one of the most famous places associated with tragic events of the Second World War, the final destination for many of Jewish people from Krakow Ghetto. Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial accompanied by a personal licensed guide that guarantees individual and personalized attention at all times.

Included:
Pick-up from your hotel
Transportation by A/C car
English speaking driver
All entrance fees

Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian

Price per person:
160 PLN / 40 Euro / 45 USD

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- AUSCHWITZ - SYNONYMOUS WITH HOLOCAUST -



General term for the network of Nazi labor and concentration camps is Auschwitz – Birkenau. The camps were established near the Polish city of Oswiecim.

This complex was the largest of all the Nazi death camps in Europe and could hold over 100 000 inmates at a time. Created formally in 1940 as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners, it became in fact the center for the extermination where about 1.4 million people met their deaths.
Auschwitz – Birkenau concentration and extermination camp functioned until the liberation in January 1945. Historians estimate the number of people murdered at Auschwitz somewhere between 1.1 million to 1.3 million, of whom the vast majority were Jews. Prisoners of Auschwitz were murdered in the gas chambers though many died from starvation, disease, shooting, dehumanized medical experiments, and forced labor.
The Final Solution, stating that all Jews in Europe would be worked to death and their corpses disposed of was decided at the infamous Wannsee conference outside Berlin in January, 1942.

Auschwitz and the other camps established on the area of Nazi occupied Poland, with their railway connections to the other countries of Europe were ready to start processing millions of Jews and thousands of Roma inmates.
The peak of the murder was in May 1944, when some 10,000 people were being gassed every day at Birkenau gas chambers. Ca. 70 % of those who arrived by trains from all over Europe were gassed within hours upon arrival.
Red Army arrived in January 1945 to find just 7,500 survivors. The Nazi Germans had chased off to other concentration camps ca. 75,000 prisoners and their camp guards as the Soviets pushed deep into Poland.
The evacuation and the destruction of the gas chambers and crematoriums had been ordered by the Nazi high command. SS chief Heinrich Himmler had directed: "Not a single prisoner from the concentration camps falls alive into the hands of the enemy."

Many efforts were made by the Nazi Germans to destroy the evidence.
The term “Auschwitz” has become synonymous with Holocaust, terror, and genocide.

The former camp Auschwitz – Birkenau had been established two years after the WW II as a museum to help future generations commemorate the victims of atrocities committed within its fences. Its main tasks are conservation of the original remains of the camp, scientific research, documentary work, and, above all, education.

Each of the visitors will have the chance to think of the significance of the Holocaust. Auschwitz museum continues hard efforts in view of building the new generations free of national chauvinisms, racism and intolerance.