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January 5, 2015

Only 92,000 Americans visited Auschwitz in 2014

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:07 pm
The "gate of death" (the gatehouse into the Birkenau camp

“Gate of death” (the gatehouse into the Birkenau camp)

The quote below is from a news article, which you can read in full here.

More than 1.5 million people visited the former Auschwitz concentration camp in 2014, setting a record.  […]

The most visitors came from Poland, with 398,000, followed by Great Britain at 199,000 and the United States at 92,000. Germany and Israel had the fifth and sixth highest totals, 75,000 and 62,000, respectively.

I find it hard to believe that only 75,000 people from Germany and only 62,000 from Israel visited Auschwitz. Notice that the first sentence in the news article says that 1.5 million visited Auschwitz.  Does this number include the visitors who went on to Auschwitz-Birkenau, or does it mean that 1.5 million visited the main camp, known as Auschwitz I, but not all of them went on to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Auschwitz II camp?

When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in September 1998, I arranged for a tour guide through a travel agency in New York City.  The tour consisted of a visit to the main Auschwitz camp for 1/2 a day.  I had to hire another tour guide in Poland to take me to the Auschwitz II camp.  The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was full of weeds, and my guide and I were the only ones there. What a difference today!

Photographs were forbidden when I first visited in 1998, but my camera accidentally went off and I shot the photo below.

My first photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp

My first photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp (1998)

In 1998, tourists were brought into the gas chamber in the main camp through a door that was not there when the building allegedly had a gas chamber.  I was told that the door in the background of the photo above was the door through which the Jews entered the gas chamber. This door was added when the crematorium was turned into an air raid shelter for the SS men.

Now tourists are brought into the gas chamber through the oven room.  The opening into the oven room is shown at the extreme left in my photo.

Click on the photo below see it in a larger size.

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz camp

Good luck getting a good photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber today.  Tourists must file into the gas chamber between ropes, like the ones put up for a line in a bank.

25 Comments »

  1. In this Advent season before the special day ( January 27 th ) the press had planned to run ” holocaust stores to strengthen the faith most days . The events of Paris have interfered with the program but it is still running !
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2903887/Nazi-death-camp-WOMEN-s-shocking-medical-experiments-injected-prisoners-petrol-syphilis.html

    Comment by peter — January 10, 2015 @ 2:51 am

    • “Sukas” ( aka Russian enlisted men ) raped camp survivors. Is anybody “really surprised” at this? They did the same thing when they rolled into Berlin . Should’ve put some of these savages on trial. Instead we’re too busy wagging our fingers at the kraiuts and nips. Reds broke the law too. They’re no better than their opposition.

      Comment by Tim — January 11, 2015 @ 12:16 am

  2. Nearly 200,000 British people make the pilgrimage each year . This is a large number but should not be a surprise because Holocaustianity became the state religion in the UK sometime around the early 1990s when the generation of 68 reached the highest ranks of the media. The dogma is reinforced daily by state media outlets like the BBC which publish a new article on its website most days about the horrors of the Nazis and /or the devil himself.
    Schoolchildren are also paid to visit Auschwitz from the UK to reinforce the faith.

    Comment by peter — January 6, 2015 @ 2:07 pm

  3. Given our current commander in chief,I’m surprised any Americans have the money to go there. You wanna see history? Plenty of places right here in your own backyard. WW2 museum in new Orleans . Civil rights museum in Memphis . UDT/SeAL museum in Ft. Pierce Florida . Holocaust was a horrible stain on the history of man, but it’s not the only appalling event in the history of man

    Comment by Tim — January 5, 2015 @ 5:43 pm

  4. Yes, and part of the lesson of Auschwitz that the world needs to learn now before it’s too late is that Dr. Joseph Mengele was an SS Hauptsturmführer not a birthday party clown.

    Comment by who dares wings — January 5, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

  5. Sadly they all returned from their visit unscathed

    Comment by Schlageter — January 5, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

  6. If Auschwitz is the Disneyland of the Third Reich, then Hitler must be Mickey Mouse.

    They are both portrayed, and “known” at the same level of realism.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — January 5, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

  7. I’m so very pleased that more and more visitors are seeing the death camps of Auschwitz I & II. The more people who see first hand the site of the worlds greatest ever atrocity and feel the shock that comes with a visit to Auschwitz the likelihood of it ever being forgotten or repeated are diminished.

    Comment by D. Pearce — January 5, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

    • I blogged about what visitors to Auschwitz today see. https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/at-auschwitz-seeing-is-believing-as-long-as-you-turn-off-your-mind-completely/

      I don’t think that “seeing is believing” at Auschwitz.

      I also wrote this blog post about what tourists see at Auschwitz. https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/british-students-do-not-learn-even-the-most-basic-facts-on-their-trips-to-auschwitz/

      Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

      • Au contraire. I believe believing is seeing.

        Comment by D. Pearce — January 5, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

        • I made a mistake in my description of the gas chamber in my blog post. I have now corrected it. I find it strange that a Holocaust expert, like you, didn’t catch the mistake.

          Comment by furtherglory — January 6, 2015 @ 6:40 am

    • Who is this fucktard? ^

      Comment by Schlageter — January 5, 2015 @ 1:55 pm

      • My name is clear for anyone to see ! Perhaps you are the “fucktard”

        Comment by D. Pearce — January 6, 2015 @ 1:47 am

        • I apologize. My comment should have been put under the idiot above you

          Comment by Tim — January 6, 2015 @ 4:19 am

      • Watch your mouth little person. You must be a little person. A verbally abusive attitude seems to be the only way you believe you can get your point across. That’s okay. It’s demonstrable social intercourse causes you considerable obfuscation. I would say we need to ask who you are. Maybe we should juxtapose you with swine. Then again that would insult the pig. Noah Webster. Responsible for “Websters dictionary” . Pick it up. You’ll find plenty of words in there to use that will not leave you looking like a troglodyte .

        Comment by Tim — January 6, 2015 @ 4:17 am

        • I’m 6ft 4inches. Play Rugby and work out. You started with the fucktard not me. As for the rest of your post ? It’s nonsence. I don’t understand a word of it.

          Comment by D. Pearce — January 6, 2015 @ 4:47 am

          • First off, am I to be intimidated by your physical description? I did my tour in Southeast Asia . Spent the entire time dodging punji pits,VC and Uncle Ho’s pride and joy the NVA. You ain’t nothing but a rookie to me. I made it out of there. Nothing or no one intimidates me. Maybe you should pay a bit closer attention “handy Andy ” . You’ll notice how I said that “comment” was meant for the idiot that was using the abusive language towards you. It was not meant “for you” . So pull your head out of your rectum before you start shooting off your mouth recklessly. Put 2 and 2 together slick. You’ll see that I was on your side. When you get the facts straight,I wanna see if your “man enough”to realize the err of your ways. Like I said. You should look a bit closer and you’ll see I mentioned to you,I placed my comment in the wrong location. It was meant for the other idiot

            Comment by Tim — January 6, 2015 @ 5:06 am

        • I think there have been some crossed wires here. My apology.

          Comment by D. Pearce — January 6, 2015 @ 5:07 am

          • Not a problem. I figure I was a bit hasty too. That idiot already got you worked up,so it’s demonstrable that you might have missed my admission that my comment was misplaced. I’d admire you sir. You’re the proverbial “man among men”. Not too many people willing to admit when they’re wrong. You’ll make a good example of what a real man is to the younger generation as they enter manhood. I salute you my British friend ( I’m gonna surmise your British. Rugby ain’t too popular with us Yanks.)

            Comment by Tim — January 6, 2015 @ 5:41 am

            • Right thing to apologise when one is wrong and I was wrong. Thankyou for your gracious acceptance. Yes I’m a Brit. Always good to make a new acquaintance. Best wishes. DP

              Comment by D. Pearce — January 6, 2015 @ 5:57 am

              • Thank you sir. Have fun playing rugby. I football back in high school. In my assessment,rugby is football without the protection. So from where I sit,y’all are crazy. If I’m gonna enter a sport where broken bones are just a normal day,I want all the protection I can get. There again y’all don’t where helmets. Explains why y’all are one crazy bunch. Have fun. I’ve gotten acclimated to all my bones being in one piece

                Comment by Tim — January 6, 2015 @ 6:21 am

                • you girls dry your tears now after you’ve kissed and made up? Hey Pearce! remember when sex was safe and rugby was dangerous? me neither! Unless we’re talking about those fecal tipped punji stakes ole “Chesty Puller” Tim was using on R&R in Thailand with the boytoys.
                  6 ft 4? I didn’t know they stacked shit that high. Tim could’ve told you that line from one of the Vietnam movies he’s watched. I mean, has anyone ever met a real veteran who talks as much about Nam as this assclown? methinks Tim is either a) John (Kohn) Kerry b) a REMF who never left Saigon c) a Walter Mitty Stolen Valor type that thinks his Nam baseball cap entitles him to a discount at Wal Mart and a free meal on veterans day. (For the record, I choose “c”). Hey Tim, you know the difference between a fairy tale and a war story? the fairy tale starts off with “once upon a time” while yours start off with “this aint no shit” . Have a good day. When you are ready to talk Real History as Furtherglory and the rest of the people here do, without hyperbole and “when I wuz in the jungle” come see me.

                  Comment by schlageter — January 7, 2015 @ 6:45 am

                • Hey! Mind your temper Susie. Remember the saying,talk shit get bit. How the hell does chesty fit into this. Mentioning him was irrelevant to this conversation. I wasn’t a bullet catcher. I was a dog face. Write something that makes sense little lady. Why would you want to tip the punji sticks with shit? The slopes are wanting “instant results”. The infection the shit would bring on,is gonna take awhile set in. Look here Barbra . a man steps into a punji pit,results are immediatel. The extra added bonus here, the injured person slows everyone else down. The dinks know that. With everybody in one place, it’s gonna be like shooting the proverbial,”fish in a barrel”. The shit they put us through at Ft. Polk was totally different from the real world. Now look here Linda. Obfuscation is obviously a constant companion of yours,so I really can’t come down to hard on you. It’s either that or you need you to head to the local drugstore and pick up some tampons,because it’s clearly that ,” time of the month” for you. This is what I’ve deduced slick. You’re an angry little girl with a keyboard. You see other people who’ve taken chances and it upset. See,I don’t like to talk about my time in country. What I said don’t really qualify for talking about my tour. I can probably say the high point of my tour was my last month. I got sent to the LBJ resort. Since you know everything,I’m sure you can figure out why I was there. So where do you reside sweet cheeks? Hey if your close enough to me,I’ll take you hog huntin next time I go. I have a buyer of mine who live in the area of Natchez. He’s pretty close to the Mississippi Delta. I think that would be interesting watching you trying to dodge a pissed off 200 pound boar. In your haste to get away from it, be careful you don’t step off in a den of copperheads. The boar would be the least of your problems. You know,I really like you Brenda. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. First firefight I got into,i pissed all over myself. You probably gonna sit and say you were like Rambo. Stood up with your SAW and cleared out every last dink. Soviet AK shells whizzing past you,but not a one would hit you. Okay. You’re dismissed little lady. Go back to listening to your Justin Berber albums.

                  Comment by Tim — January 7, 2015 @ 9:17 am

                • You are obviously not playing with a full deck and I won’t enter into an argument with someone with a screw loose. Good reply Tim.

                  Comment by D. Pearce — January 7, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

                • I’m waiting on Susie’s war stories ,”Rugby”. That’s where he gave up the farm. Over here we have the VFW ( veterans of foreign wars). It’s an organization for the vets. U S Congress laid down the criteria for joining. I’m sure the UK has something similar for your vets. I think this guys under the impression,we hang out up there and talk about the “Glory Days”. Well he’s way off there. That’s the last damn thing anybody wants to talk about. If he was in fact ” In Country”, he was doing yard work at the embassy or at the MACV HQ. All his little cutesy fartsy sayings he was using, have been around since before man discovered fire. This person that runs this obviously is very close to the subject. It seems like this has just become a place to trade barbs instead of learn. I’m guilty of that too. I’ll admit I have my head up my ass,I pull it out open my piehole and the wisdom just rolls out. I know Ive bought up the subject of other crimes along these lines. There was pol potsregime. The Khmer Rouge. His stunt cost the lives of a little over 2 million Cambodians. Pretty much the same stunt Uncle Adolph pulled. We worked with a couple Cambodians when we were in the Ahn Loc province. Good men. Hope everything ended up okay for them. No I think the comment you first left on here should be what this site is about. I never deny this happened,its just to what extent. Like the saying goes,”history is written by those who write it.” With the Internet people can get facts from various sources and decide for themselves.

                  Comment by Tim — January 8, 2015 @ 5:44 am


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