Discover the horror of concentration camps up close

By | 22 February, 2018 | 0 comments

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is the organiser of this exhibition which you can visit until June 17. Given the large numbers of people who visit the actual concentration camp, the organisers have decided to expand the exhibition to the rest of the world for the first time in history. This way, visitors who wish to find out more about one of the darkest chapters in Twentieth-century history can see an exhibition of more than 600 original items which will help them gain a better understanding of the horror the victims went through.

Most of these items have never been shown to the public before. They help to empathise even more with the victims of an event that we must never forget through items such as the Stars of David worn by the Jewish prisoners, the famous striped pyjamas (which have inspired moving books such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and leather boots used by the guards.

Jews, Poles, gypsies and Polish prisoners of war made up most of the list which totalled up to a million victims who lost their life in the concentration camp which is located in modern-day Poland, although back then it was still in a territory occupied by Nazi Germany. More specifically, Auschwitz-Birkenau is located 43 kilometres south of Krakow.

As well as the visit itself, from now until June the exhibition has programmed talks, conferences and activities which you can check here. There has also been a recent dispute regarding the absence of references of Spanish Republican prisoners who were deported to the camp, an issue which can be dealt with during the programmed events.

Opening hours are from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday and it takes visitors approximately 2-3 hours to see the whole exhibition. Ticket prices start at 6 euros + 1 euro for the audio guide.

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