Visiting Auschwitz – What You Need To Know Beforehand

A Brief History Of AuschwitzAuschwitz II – BirkenauAuschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps, opened in 1940. It began as a detention centre for political prisoners. However, the base soon evolved into a network of centres where Jewish people and other enemies of the Nazi state were used as slave labour or exterminated, often in gas chambers.Some of the prisoners were also subjected to barbaric medical experiments led by Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death.During the Second World War, it is believed that between 1.1 million to 1.5 million people, the vast majority of them Jews, died at Auschwitz. It is estimated that 70,000 -80,000 Poles also perished at the camp, and approximately 20,000 Romas and some Soviet prisoners of war.In January 1945, with news of the Soviet army approaching, Nazi officials ordered the abandonment of the Auschwitz camp and an estimated 60,000 prisoners were forced to march to the Polish towns of Gliwice or Wodzislaw, some…

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