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April 22, 2015 11:06 am

Auschwitz-Birkenau Now Asking Visitors to Pre-Book Trips to the Concentration Camp

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The entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Authorities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum warned on Tuesday that it may have to begin turning people away from visiting the Nazi-German death camp because of a recent surge in visitors at the site, encouraging visitors to book in advance.

According to Andrzej Kacorzyk, deputy director of the museum, March alone saw 130,000 visitors, which marked a 60% gain over  last year. More than 250,000 visitors entered the site in the first quarter of 2015, which is 40% more than last year.

In order to cope with the rapidly growing number of visitors, the memorial has created the website, visit.auschwitz.org, where tourists can pre-book their visit to the concentration camp. It is the “only way which guarantees entrance to the Museum on a chosen day and hour,” the statement said.

“This authentic place has become the symbol of evil for the entire world, which is manifested by an over threefold increase in attendance,” the statement added.

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The Auschwitz figures go hand-in-hand with a trend of rising global interest in the Holocaust, said Professor Dan Michman, who is head of Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research.

“There is a growing interest in the Holocaust [worldwide] in general,” Michman told the Algemeiner. “In the last 30 years, interest has grown, including more museums and more interest.”

One of the fastest growing regions for Holocaust interest is the far East, he said. According to the Economist, Asian curators and historians have used Holocaust memorials as a guide to building their own, such as the Cambodian Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and a Chinese memorial commemorating the Japanese “Rape of Nanking” in 1937.

With growing interest in the Holocaust, however, there has also been “more Holocaust denial,” said Michman. The interest “is sometimes a double-edged sword,” he said.

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  • The silent Islam majority must act or they become part of the problem Looking back at history of fanaticism

    During the Nazi regime; ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride,’ and many more were too busy to care.
    some German’s just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’
    ‘Some aristocratic German family’s lost everything. Some German’s ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed their factories.’

    ‘We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’

    ‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb,
    behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’

    ‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority
    were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’

    ‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said
    that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

    ‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
    peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
    Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’

    ‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’

    ‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario , and, yes, in Ottawa , too, while the Lord’s Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’

    ‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation’s shores.’

    ‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of “no-go” zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’

    ‘As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts – the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’

    Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this essay without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

    Extend yourself a bit and send this on. Let us hope that thousands world-wide read this, think about it, and send it on before it’s too late, and we are silenced because we were silent!!!

  • Sofia

    Thanks to General Eisenhower USA Army, when witnessing the horror in liberated Death Concentration Camps, said, take pictures, in years to come, there will be the deniers of the most horrendous crimes against innocent people.

    One has to have lived through this evil, visited Auschwitz Death Camp, read books, i.e., Treblinka – and understand, that millions were murdered in the most vicious ways possible. Mankind has sunken to the lowest possible barbarians, this being a Civilized Society.
    Anyone that denies this, commits repeated evil.

  • Emmett

    The things a Jew will do just for a free bowl of soup at the George Soros Resort For Wayward Jews.

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