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“Reflective Memorial”

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. Although the exact number of victims is unknown, many Jews, Poles and gypsies died here. The museum consists of two parts: Auschwitz I, the first and oldest camp (the number of prisoners fluctuated around 15,000, sometimes rising above 20,000) and Auschwitz II, Birkenau (which held more than 90,000 prisoners in 1944). The greater part of the apparatus of mass extermination was built in Birkenau and the majority of the victims were murdered there.
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We went in March - downside is the crowds but saying that how do you manage something that so many people in the world want to witness.
We were on the English tour in the morning (10.30) we had head phones which was great as the crowd was so large the guide was way in front of us & we could still hear her. The guide was so informative & even though she must give same spiel every day she was able to impart emotion - she was great.
When trip around Auschwitz 1 was completed there was a break to enable you to get a drink or snack & use the toilet before moving on to Birkenau. (There is a minimal charge for the toilet).
We used a private driver (Bart) who was fantastic & took the stress of getting to Auschwitz away & on the way back skilfully raised our mood using music & humour - we booked him through our accommodation Komorowski Luxury Guest Rooms in Krakow.
There were four of us in our group & each of us found something different that overwhelmed us be it the pile of spectacles, the baby clothes or the vastness of Birkenau.
This is a place that people need to visit to see testament of evil & megalomania. Since our return we have not topped talking & thinking about what happened during the Holocaust.

Thank roastpotato
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

It's been a week since I visited and I cannot stop thinking about my time at Auschwitz-Birkneau. The sights, the stories, the history is just incredible...it's just a humbling experience. My tour group was about 15-20 people, a little large, but fine. The tour guide was good, handled all questions that came her way. Interestingly, her voice was very solemn during the whole tour, not sure if that's her style or just what visiting the camps bring out in people. Note that the Birkneau camp is a good bit of walking but well worth it.

Thank tskstaplet
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

A trip here really gives you a sense of the atrocities that happened to the poor people that were sent to these camps. I wouldn't visit if you are very emotional but I think it is worth seeing to remind us what evil there is in the world and that this can never happen again. Maybe if more people visited, they would evaluate how they treat people.
I went with two friends and we all agreed that the tour shows you enough to get an idea of the suffering that went on here but wasn't too "in your face" with graphic detail.

Thank Jessica C
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Historical significance is unmatched. Take your time and read the many documents available. Contemplate humanity and think about the world war II world and the world of 2014. Have we grown?

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Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Came knowing we would be shocked and still we couldn't believe some of what we saw. Came with cracow tours we booked via expedia. Our guide was very knowledable but knew how much to say and how much spoke for itself. The block containing people's belongings hurt most. You can't prepare for the piles of hair, shoes and bags in particular - with these being only part of what was found and what was found being so small compared to the number of people through the camps. I will remember this and urge others to see it. Its presented in exactly the way its needed to.

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