You want to visit Auschwitz concentration camp? Yes, you can

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Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II.

 In order to acquire a proper sense of the place that has become the symbol of the Holocaust as well as Nazi crimes againt Poles, Romas and other groups, visitors should set aside a minimum of about 90 minutes for the Auschwitz site and the same amount of time for Auschwitz II-Birkenau.


For starters, a handfull of history factsAuschwitz wire

On the official Auschwitz site it is explained that Auschwitz I is where the Nazis opened the first Auschwitz camps for men and women, where they carried out the first experiments at using Zyklon B pesticide to put people to death, as well as using other means of execution on the first mass of Jews delivered there.
Birkenau is where the Nazis erected most of the machinery of mass extermination in which they murdered approximately one million European Jews. At the same time, Birkenau was the largest concentration camp where approximately hundred thousand prisoners were in during 1944: Jews, Poles, Roma, and others. The nearly 200 hectares of grounds include the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria and places filled with human ashes. There are primitive prisoner barracks and kilometers of fences and roads.

Opening hours
The Museum is open all year long, seven days a week, except January 1, December 25, and Easter Sunday. The Museum is open during the following hours:

Auschwitz museum8:00 AM - 3:00 PM December through February
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM March, November
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April, October
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM May, September
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM June, July, August

These are the hours for visiting the site of the camp. The office of the Former Prisoners' Information Section, Archives, Collections, Library, Administration, and other departments are open from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM, Monday through Friday (except holidays).
The Museum may be closed temporarily during official state visits, ceremonies, etc. Information about interruptions to visiting are posted ahead of time on the website.

For an admission fee, visitors may view the 15-minute film presenting the first moments after liberation. The film is shown in the visitor reception building at the Auschwitz I site.

How to get here: The Museum is located on the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim on national road 933 (note: entry to the parking lot is at Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej Str. no. 11). The Museum is about 2 km. from the train station and can be reached from there by local buses.
There are PKS and minibus stops adjacent to the Museum, with service to Cracow and Katowice. There are also two international airports within about 50 kilometers of Oświęcim: Kraków-Balice and Katowice-Pyrzowice.

Address: Więźniów Oświęcimia 20, 32-603 Oswiecim, Poland


Persons interested in a more in-depth exploration of Auschwitz may take advantage of the lectures, workshops, and seminars offered by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Last modified on Saturday, 31 August 2013 22:13
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