"Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim" Oswiecim by matcrazy1
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Oswiecim is an old Town on the Sola River dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The World War II was the most tragic period in the history of the town because of the concentration camp founded by the Nazis here. Now there is a National Museum - Auschwitz Birkenau - a UNESCO world heritage monument.
"Schindler's List" - the famous movie by Steven Spielberg, awarded 7 Academy Awards was recorded here at Birkenau camp.
All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. The name of the city of Oswiecim was changed to Auschwitz that time, which became the name of the camp as well.
The overall number of victims of Auschwitz in the years 1940-1945 is estimated at between 1,100,000 and 1,500,000 people. The majority of them, and above all the mass transports of Jews who arrived beginning in 1942, died in the gas chambers.
Oswiecim (43,000 citizens) is situated in southern Poland about 20 km (14 mi) east of Tychy, my hometown - look at the map.
Distances from Oswiecim:
Krakow-Balice International Airport - 55km (34 mi)
Katowice-Pyrzowice International Airport - 70km (44 mi).
- Pros:Terrific and moving warning to the world
- Cons:Rather not for very sensitive persons
- In a nutshell:The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again
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