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"Not a Polish concentration camp!" Top 5 Page for this destination Auschwitz Tip by breughel

Auschwitz, Krakow: 114 reviews and 259 photos

  Birkenau Konzentrationslager.
by breughel

All concentration camps in Poland where build and ruled by the Germans so that it came as a shock for Poland (and lead to a international petition* of protest with 230000 signatures) when in the U.S.A. some news media used the historically erroneous terms "Polish concentration camp" and "Polish death camp" !
The official and correct name is "German concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland".

The first victims of Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Konzentrationslager) were the Poles starting in 1940. Poland had been invaded by the Germans in September 1939. One-sixth of the population of Poland was killed in the war.
In 1941 already, over 26 thousand people were registered in Auschwitz: about 15 thousand Poles, 10 thousand Soviet POWs, and more than 1 thousand Jews. The mass deportation and extermination of the Jews started in 1942.
Historians estimate that between 1 and 1,5 million people perished in Auschwitz during the less than 5 years of its existence. The majority, from 1 to 1,35 million people, were Jews. The second most numerous group, from 70 to 75 thousand, were Poles, and the third most numerous, about 20 thousand, the Gypsies. About 15 thousand Soviet prisoners of war and 10 to 15 thousand prisoners of other ethnic backgrounds also died there.

*For details about this "Petition on German Concentration Camps" see "Kosciuszko Foundation".

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  • Written Jun 24, 2011
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