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“Even God got without words!!Mandatory to all generations!!”

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Oswiecim
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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 25 October 2013

I am not jew ,but since i was kid i had many interest in visit Auschwitz-Birkenau,i read many books,movies,but to go himself in a beautiful day of July it was one of the most impressing experiences i had in my life!!
Same conclusions: the human inteligence really does not have limits!!what the nazi regime made there is so mad and at the same time inteliggent(bad) and on the end of the visit should be wrote to all people ,Mandatory to see to not happen again!!
It is sad,dark ,no words,no coments ,just silence,but we need to see!!
We face the world after the visit in a diferent way!
The visit takes about 4,5 hours,no stops,just walking and listening the tourist guide,we went in a beautiful day of July,but we can not imagine what would be in February,-30 degrees,no food,no clothes.
Birkenau is the place where even God got without words!!!!

1  Thank Pedro E
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

As many fellow trip advisors have said before me. This is a place like no other. Though the exhibits are material the Museum is a place of refection beyond description in words or any other means for that matter. Any civilized person must know and understand what has happened here (and elsewhere) during the nazi terror so we do not allow it to happen again. But sadly in what I can only grasp as an attempt to present the horror the management of the Museum has allowed itself some obvious errors.
A place trying to cast light on great crimes done by Nazis should not alter historical data under any circumstance – it cast a shadow over everything there.
I’ll only take one example - just take look at the big map of 1937th Europe. It’s plain wrong. For each country in Europe it is known when it was attacked by the Axis forces. I’ll just write about Yugoslavia – for us the war strated in the spring of 1941. And more importantly Yugoslavian territory was NEVER fully occupied. Even the fascist states formed on its territory have never had full control over much of their areas. Even i 1941 we had liberated territories and have had a formed a new free state. Yugoslavian resistance was one of the strongest in Europe. Our resistance was rare in that it has liberated most of our territory by itself (the allied forces have obviously helped). That is why Yugoslavia was not dismantled after the war but rather was the leader of the Non-allied movement. It is in all the history books and on the internet. Many people do not know much about the World War 2 and will accept anything they see in such place as true. To display such false information at Auschwitz is sad and may turn people to doubt other content. This is a dangerous omission. This is why my rating is so low.
I can’t see why the existence of any antifascist resistance movement (that was luckily more successful than Polish) can be a nuisance to the Museum and pursuit of TRUTH. We are all on the same side against fascism and nazism.

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Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

This is a quiet trip to remember the millions of innocent deaths st the hands of the Nazis. I am not going to comment on the emotions involved, but just concentrate on the facts. If you chose this trip it may help. Use map from free walking tour to get 10PLN discount from Cracow City tours. You can use a normal bus and at certain times of day enter the museum free of charge, or pay for a guided tour on arrival , but I strongly recommend you go with a tour group all the way from Krakow. I went with Cracow City Tours and with my discount ( due to the map) it cost 90PLN, everything included. On the journey to Auschwitz a film about the liberation of the camp was shown, this is an extended version of the one you could see at the museum. It made very good use of the journey time and ensured that you arrived with a basic understanding. Our guide was very knowledgeable and sensitive.  We all know what happened there but seeing it, seeing the piles of personal effects and touching the wash basins, etc that they used helps to make it more real. 

1  Thank JacquiHop
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Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

It's difficult to "rate" an attraction that is best known as the world's largest killing ground, but a high rating is necessary just to ensure everyone visits it. It is a sad reminder of the great depths to which mankind can fall, and will leave you thanking your own life so much more. Make sure you take a guided visit, and do both the Auschwitz museum as well as Birkenau

1  Thank mndrbl
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

It is vital to visit Auschwitz when in Poland to put the massive loss of life during the Holocaust into perspective. There does not seem to be very much information, however, about how to visit the sites without joining a tour group from krakow.
You can get a local bus from the bus station which is just behind the Galleria shopping centre just out of the old town. Buses leave every hour or so and cost 14zloty. Signs at the bus station are very easy to navigate - look for oswiecim museum - and tickets purchased from the driver. The ride takes anywhere between 1.5 and 2 hours.
At auschwitz pay 40zloty for entrance and a guide will be supplied. You are not allowed to enter between 10am and 3pm without a guide and believe me the guide does so much to make the day. Ours was reverent, informed, respectful and spoke with excellent English. We were in small group as well which helped maintain the respect demanded by such a place. Shuttle buses take groups to Birkenau to see the immense ruins and you can walk the tracks to where the execution chambers once stood. The tour lasts about 3.5hrs in total.
Back to Auschwitz to wait for the local bus. Be wary that these buses are sporadic and it can get busy so try to get there early so you can return to krakow early and avoid long waits for buses.
Unfortunately, hotels, hostels and information centres seem bent on encouraging tourists to join tour groups and are wary of giving info for local services. But the least expensive tour comes in at almost twice the costs for the local services and I doubt they would give any real benefits or conveniences.
A must do in krakow and all the better to visit at your own pace.

2  Thank Olivia H
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