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A tough tour, but a must do.
What I have always noticed during these difficult visits is the neighborhoods in which these camps were developed. Looking at those homes, one must wonder how people survived with the knowledge they had.
Although it is just a short ride to Auschwitz, you'll feel as if you are entering another world, light-years away.
In 1939, Hitler annexed the old Polish town of Oswiecim to his Third Reich as Auschwitz, and a year later the Nazis began the conversion of the town’s abandoned barracks into a concentration camp called Konzentrationslager, which is Auschwitz in German. The first inmates, a group of Polish political prisoners, arrived on June 14, 1940. In addition to Poles, there were soon imprisoned Soviet POWs, gypsies, and other nationals from the rest of German-occupied Europe who were sentenced to suffer and die in hellish conditions. In 1942, notably after the construction of the nearby Birkenau (Auschwitz II) concentration camp, trainloads of European Jews started to arrive. Most of them were immediately put to death in the Birkenau gas chambers.
To speak to the importance of the preservation of both of these camps, they have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Upon arrival at the camps, yYou will join others on a tour where the guide will direct you through the important parts of the camps, as well as the particularly important historical facts.
As difficult as this visit may be, it must be remembered in order to avoid a reoccurrence. As the great Winston Churchill said: "'Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."
- Guests staying at city center hotels or apartments will be picked up. Guests staying outside the city center will need to make their way to a central meeting location. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher.
- Entrance fees, food, beverages, and gratuities are not included in the price of this tour.
- The camps are toured on foot. Please dress comfortably.
- The drive from Krakow is approximately one hour each way.
- Tours at Auschwitz and Birkenau are not private.
- Please be aware the departure time might vary based on the availability of tickets to Auschwitz.
Days offered: 7 days a week