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February 6, 2012

Mass tourism at Auschwitz — the Disneyland of the Holocaust

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:15 am

I read an excellent article here about mass tourism at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Here is a quote from the article:

In theory, there is no entrance fee: but all groups must be accompanied by a guide (38 zlotys per person), and individual visitors are not allowed in between 10 AM and 3 PM.
On the day in question, 8,000 tourists accompanied by 250 guides, speaking 14 languages will pass through the site.  Our group is led by a slightly crabby looking woman called [….] who conducts three two hour visits a day: 90 minutes in the Auschwitz labour camp and just 30 minutes in the Birkeanu extermination camp.

In other words, it’s hardly worth the trip, unless you go on your own and wander around by yourself, as a blogger named “The Black Rabbit of Inlé” did.  You can see the fantastic photos taken by “The Black Rabbit of Inlé” who posted his photos here.  In viewing his photos, you must appreciate the fact that he tramped through the snow for miles, on several days, in the Birkenau camp which is huge (425 acres).

I have copied one of his photos below, so you can get an idea of the excellent quality of the photos.

Cattle car on display at Auschwitz-Birkenau Photo Credit: