In 1939, Hitler annexed the old Polish town of Oswiecim to his Third Reich as Auschwitz, and a year later the Nazis began the conversion of the town’s abandoned barracks into a concentration camp called Konzentrationslager, which is Auschwitz in German. The first inmates, a group of Polish political prisoners, arrived on June 14, 1940. In addition to Poles, there were soon imprisoned Soviet POWs, gypsies, and other nationals from the rest of German-occupied Europe who were sentenced to suffer and die in hellish conditions. In 1942, notably after the construction of the nearby Birkenau (Auschwitz II) concentration camp, trainloads of European Jews started to arrive. Most of them were immediately put to death in the Birkenau gas chambers.
To speak to the importance of the preservation of both of these camps, they have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your guide will direct you through the important parts of the camps, as well as the particularly important historical facts.
As difficult as this visit may be, it must be remembered in order to avoid a reoccurrence.
Departures: 09:00 AM, 12:00 PM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Entrance fees, food, beverages, and gratuities are not included in the price of this tour.
- The camps are toured on foot. Please dress comfortably.