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January 4, 2015 1:51 pm

Record 1.5 Million Visitors to Auschwitz in 2014, 70 Percent Under 18 (VIDEO)

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Auschwitz Entrance. Photo: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.

Auschwitz Entrance. Photo: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.

The highest number of visitors ever recorded bore witness to the European Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland, the Museum and Memorial Center reported Friday.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial has become the world’s symbol of the Holocaust and the crimes of World War II,” Director Dr. Piotr M.A. CywiÅ„ski, said.

The latest statistics mark the largest number to visit any memorial site in Europe, and about 70 percent of 1,534 million visitors to Auschwitz were under 18, according to officials.

“Without the reference to the history of this place it would be hard for new generations to understand our reality and challenges of the contemporary world,” according to CywiÅ„ski.

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Poland, with 398,000 visitors recorded, led the list, followed by Great Britain (199,000), the US (92,000), Italy (84,000), Germany (75,000), Israel (62,000), Spain (55,000) France (54,000), Czech Republic (52,000) and South Korea (41,000).

These visits are often made possible thanks to special programs underwritten by governments, regions, or non-profit organizations that appreciate the value of this kind of education on the road to adulthood,” said Andrzej Kacorzyk, the director of the International Center for education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

The majority of the visitors are guided in one of 19 languages by specially trained educators, the center said, pointing out that “no other museum in the world offers such an opportunity.”

More than 307,000 individuals visited the museum with an educator in 2014, and more than 10,000 people from all around the world participated in different educational projects, seminars, conferences or study visits at the center in 2014, museum officials said.

Additionally, several hundred journalists and 180 professional film crews from over 30 countries broadcast and prepared media reports at the Memorial.

Officials said they have established a special online service to reserve the dates for visits.

Watch a video of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps on Jan. 27th:

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  • HOLOCAUST WAS THE MURDER OF SIX MILLION JEWS

    BY RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    CONGREGATION BETH EL, EDISON, NJ

    The Holocaust is the systematic mass murder of European Jewry by the Nazis. The term Holocaust literally means a fire that causes total destruction .Yehuda Bauer, one of the world’s most eminent historians of the Holocaust, differentiates between the term genocide and Holocaust by defining the term genocide as partial murder .While there have been numerous instances of genocide, the total annihilation of a people was never an officially sanctioned purpose of a national government as it was in Nazi Germany. It is precisely this which differentiates the Nazi action against the Jews from other genocidal attempts against a people.

    The Nazis wished to conquer the world and therefore threatened the very existence of every single Jew in the world. The principle target of the Nazis was always the Jews. Yes, it is true that as many as 50 million human beings were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The Nazis destroyed the lives of Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists, socialists, trade unionists

    and religious opponents. But it was only the Jews who were singled out for the Final Solution.

    The Jews, according to Hitler were maggots, a virus that had to be eliminated. Hitler saw himself as the German Messiah doing God’s work by destroying the Jew. Let us not forget that all people with three or four Jewish grandparents were sentenced to death. Regarding the Polish population, there were no plans for total annihilation. Slavs were looked upon as being inferior Aryans; however Slovaks, Croats, and Bulgarians were Slavs who served as German allies, It was only the Jew that Hitler and the Nazis considered to be like the Devil and therefore inhuman. In the Jew Hitler saw the image of Satan. According to Hitler it was only the Jew who wished to dominate the world, and it was the Jew Hitler wanted to destroy.

    Hitler and the Nazis created a policy of selective mass murder against the homosexuals, Gypsies, Poles, Russians, prisoners of war, Catholic priests, Jehovah’s Witnesses’, the physically and mentally disabled, dissidents and others. But it was the Jew that was seen as a virus, a bacillus that had to be destroyed before it infected the entire world. It was the Jews who poisoned the mind of mankind. The policy of making the world Judenrein applied to the entire world. The group Hitler hated above all was the Jews. He made himself the supreme racist.

    In his final hours, Hitler continued to urge the destruction of the Jew . Hitler had diverted trains and soldiers to Concentration camps when he desperately needed them for the war effort. Germany was destroyed due to this mad man and at the end all he could think about was murdering more Jews.

    This mad man was responsible for the murder of my grandparents, two siblings, uncles, aunts, and cousins. My father, Jacob, of blessed memory survived Auschwitz and my mother, Rachel of blessed memory survived Skazyskokarmiene. I became a Rabbi to do everything in my power to prevent another Holocaust and to teach the world the lessons of the Holocaust. My fear is that after the death of the final Holocaust survivor and eventually the death of the children of Holocaust survivors, history will be re-written and the Holocaust will no longer be a Jewish issue but rather a universal one. The number will no longer be The 6 million Jews but rather or 50 million casualties of war. Many still persist in saying there were six million Jews and 5 million non- Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. We all should mourn and honor those who fought and died, Jew and non-Jew alike. However, let us never forget and always remember that it was the Jews who were the primary target of Hitler and the Nazi regime. The historian Yehudah Bauer wrote;’ Simon Wiesenthal, as he admitted to me in private,( invented the figure six million Jews and five million non-Jews) inorder to create sympathy for the Jews- in order to make the non-Jews feel they are part of us.’

    I was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany of Polish parents. I came to America as a refugee. I pray that the Holocaust and the memory of those who perished will be kept alive by our grandchildren and future generations. LET US NOT DILUTE THE MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST BY STRESSING HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE. WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT TO STRESS THAT WE SHOULD NEVER BE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS WHILE OTHERS ARE MUREREDED OR DISRCRIMINATED AGAINST, WE ALSO SHOULD NEVER DILUTE THE SINGULAR SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST. I FEAR THAT 50 YEARS FROM NOW THE HOLOCAUST WILL BE FORGOTTEN AND BECOME ONLY A DATE IN HISTORY TOGETHER WITH OTHER GENOCIDES. I WILL DO ALL I CAN NOW TO PREVENT THIS.

  • racy

    How many radical Muslims and Muslim high school and college students visited Auschwitz and if they did what did they take away from the visit?

  • west

    Auschwitz, not a place to visit twice. It turns your stomach and undermines every believe in humanity. It is unbelievable, incomprehensible and the ultimate absurdity. A visit at this place will imprint a new meaning to disgust, shame, pain and unshakable guilt.

    What concerns me is that the high rate of visitors is less than 19 years old. I hope that this is not just the result of a PC stunt by the government schools sending children on tour but is the the the result of a weak stomach and guilt of the public at large who no longer has the strength to face its past.

  • charlie johnson

    A monument to absolute power in the hands of a few.

  • Alex

    How many of the 1.5 million visitors completed a tour of birkenau as well as the main camp.

    • Mandrake

      1,497,237.

  • steven L

    Would be interesting to know what goes on in the brain of these 1.5 Mil souls!

    • Mandrake

      Would be interesting to know what goes on in the brain of steven L.

  • Markus E Brajtman

    IT IS TIME FOR COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY GERMANY, TO TELL THE WORLD, AND SAVAGE SWINES LIKE ABBAS, THAT 6 MILLION JEWS WERE MURDERED IN THE HOLOCAUST, AND THAT GERMANY WAS THE COUNTRY RESPONSIBLE.
    NO COUNTRY SHOULD ALLOW ABBAS OR ANY OTHER DENIER INTO THEIR COUNTRIES UNTIL THEY REPENT AND APOLOGIZE TO WORLD JEWRY AND THE 6 MILLION.
    ENTRY TO ANY COUNTY OF DENYERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR DENYING THE HOLOCAUST.
    THE ARABS WHO DENY THE HOLOCAUST SHOULD BE TOLD THAT THE HOLOCAUST MUST BE PART OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM,
    FAILING WHICH, ACTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THOSE COUNTRIES.
    NOT TO DENY THE EDUCATION AS IT “UPSETS” CERTAIN PEOPLE.

    ANY COMMENTS?

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