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March 25, 2017

Auschwitz or Oswiecim? Which came first?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:09 am


The photo above shows the entrance into the Auschwitz main camp

Oświęcim, the town formerly known as Auschwitz, is in the news today; you can read the story at

Begin quote:

Malgorzata Jurecka, a spokeswoman for the district police office in Oświęcim (Auschwitz is the German spelling), said late Friday that 11 people were detained — six Poles, four Belarussians and one German. “At the moment, we are gathering and securing all the evidence connected with this case to determine the exact involvement of the individuals in this dramatic incident,” she said. “It was macabre.”

End quote

I wrote about Auschwitz on this previous blog post:

My photo of a house on the road to the town formerly known as Auschwitz

The town of Auschwitz was originally founded by German people in 1270, according to historian Robert Jan van Pelt. The town is now known by its Polish name, Oświęcim.

The original name of the town was Auschwitz and it was known by this name when the three Auschwitz camps were in operation; the Germans did not change the name of the town and they did not keep it a secret that they were turning the brick barracks, in a suburb of the town, into a concentration camp for political prisoners.

When the Auschwitz camp was set up, more than half of the inhabitants of the town were Jews and the second most prevalent population in the town was Gypsies.  There were very few Polish people in the town.

When I visited Auschwitz for the second time in 2005, I asked someone at the hotel, where I was staying, to call a taxi for me, because I wanted to go to the town. I was told that I was the first American to ever ask to see the town.

After visiting the town, I wrote the following on my website:

The actual town of Oświęcim has virtually nothing to recommend it to a typical tourist. As far as I could see, there were only four hotels in the town in October 2005, and no night life.

There is a 17th century Catholic church at the entrance to the Old Town, and the ubiquitous Duke’s castle on a bluff overlooking the Sola, a small stream that passes for a river, but nothing is left of the original castle except a small tower, now obscured by trees, which is not at all impressive. Like the church, the castle tower will never make it into most tourist guidebooks.

The town is completely devoid of charm. No famous artists come here to paint. There is no house that has been preserved as the birthplace of a famous person, nor any important historical buildings. The town square is surrounded by very ordinary looking buildings, constructed during the last 200 years, and has only one building of interest: the District Court.

An ugly looking modern store built right in the middle of the town square has totally ruined any character that Auschwitz might have had. There were no thatched-roof cottages, no log houses, nor half-timbered buildings that I saw on my trip there in October 2005. The town now has a population of 50,000 and it appears that most of the residents live in high-rise apartments built during the Communist era.

There are many ordinary towns in Poland and it is only because Auschwitz has become the most famous town in the history of the Holocaust that anyone today marvels at how ordinary it is. Yet a suburb of this ordinary town is included in every package tour of Poland or Eastern Europe: an afternoon of horror at the Auschwitz concentration camp, sandwiched in between stops to see the famous salt mine and the Black Madonna, the other main tourist attractions of Poland.


  1. I was born and raised in the USA.I am of German and Austrian decent.I am also an Empath.
    I have an excellent memory and am connecting more dots.Every day.
    I can trace The Hitler decendants to America.

    Comment by Caroline — March 26, 2017 @ 6:30 am

    • You wrote: “Every day I can trace The Hitler decentants to America.”

      I was not aware that Hitler had any “decentants” in America, nor in any other country. What is your source for this claim?

      Comment by furtherglory — March 26, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    • You wrote: “Every day. I can trace The Hitler decendants to America.”

      I don’t think that Hitler has any descendants in any country.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 26, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

      • Hmm, you do not understand, she means we are the decadents of Amalek, which they also believe Haman and Hitler was.
        It is what they call “antisemetic DNA”.
        Jews are commanded to exterminate Amalek.
        The decendants of Amalek is according to Judaism everyone who doesn’t accept Jewish supremacy. When their piece of shit Melech(king) the Moshiach rules the world from Jerusalem, Amalek will finally be exterminated.
        Their Dog promises to help them fight Amalek from generation to generation forever (Exodus 17 last verses), but somehow the Moshiach will complete this war, and finally wipe off Amalek. The rest of the goyim will accept to become slaves where each Jew will have 2800 slaves
        and the Jews will be a “Kingdom of priests and the lights unto the nations”

        Comment by Lasse Karagiannis — March 26, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

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