The Auschwitz Holocaust is a part of history that those of Jewish descent may find hard to remember. The main reason this is true is that Auschwitz Camp is associated with the Holocaust during Hitler’s reign. Today, visitors from around the world take Auschwitz trips to visit the site of these horrific crimes against humanity. In actually the Auschwitz holocaust was home to three different concentration camps. The Auschwitz camps were the main camp known as Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Berkenau, and Auschwitz-Monowitz.

The Auschwitz holocaust is known as the most notorious place of genocide and mass gravesite in the world. It all began in 1940 and ended in 1945. During this time around 1.5 million people were killed at the Auschwitz camps. The majority of those individuals were Jews, however, Russian POW’s, Poles, and Gypsies were also among the list of people that were held in the concentration camps and sent to the gas chambers designed to look like showers. A matter of fact, Auschwitz-Birkenau had four crematorium facilities that were built during the spring of 1943. The buildings that housed the crematoriums were also home to a large gas chamber and a disrobing area.

Auschwitz trips take you to the exact location of the camps about 37 miles west of Krakow. The third Auschwitz camp, Auschwitz-Monowitz, was added to Auschwitz-Birkenau and is now known as Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Both the grounds and the camps are open to visitors. In most cases, you can tour the entire Auschwitz museum and grounds in about 2 hours; however, you can find tours that will take longer due to the tour guide that will point out all the things you need to know about the camps.

During your Auschwitz trip you will learn about the terrifying life the prisoners led while living in these concentrations through the items left behind by those that lived there and those that were killed and through the tour guide. Many of the personal belongings are on display today that aids in providing a glimpse into their lives. The Auschwitz museum also provides historical documents on the millions of prisoners that died through mistreatment, disease, starvation, and of course the forced labor and the executions.

The Auschwitz Museum is a startling realization of the way in which nations can and do turn against one culture or another and the end result of the brutality of man. An Auschwitz trip is one that must be decided with care especially if you have children as the horrifying truth of the treatment and death of Jews, Russians, Poles, and Gypsies is plainly seen.

The best way in which to visit Auschwitz is by bus. You can catch the bus at the main terminal station in Krakow.

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