"Auschwitz-Birkenau" Top 5 Page for this destination Oswiecim by Paul2001
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You have come to Oswiecim for just one reason and that is to visit the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to homage to nearly 2,000,000 people who were murdered here by the Nazi regime.
From the summer of 1940 to January 1945 Auschwitz and its annex camp Birkenau were the final destination for all who were targets of hatred as seen by Hitler and his followers. This included initially political enemies but soon included the Jews. About 90 per cent of those killed at these camps were in fact Jews whom Hitler believed were the source of all that was evil in the world. The killing went on until the camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945.
Today the site has been tranformed into a museum which should be visited by all civilized people as an educational experience. Auschwitz serves as a reminder of easily a so-called civilized people can easily slip into state of barbarity when we lose ourselves in hate.
I visited Auschwitz on an unusually cool day with a thick overcast. I had a cold and generally was not feeling well. Naturally this intensified the sullen mood of the place. However the somber emotions I felt well taking a tour of Auschwitz would have hardly changed if the weather was perfect. Each exhibit is well enough displayed so as you never lose a sense despair for the people that suffered here.
I also visited Auschwitz on a tour which, is rare for me. I usually do not take tours but the one I took was quite informative.
Since Birkenau was pretty much a makeshift facility for the purpose of extermination millions, the Nazis gave little... more travel advice
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