After Nazi Germany attack on Poland in 1939 and the unsuccessful defense, the western territories of the country, where Oświęcim is located, were annexed by the Third Reich. The Nazis promptly changed the names of the Polish cities to German; for example, Oświęcim became Auschwitz and this is where the name of the camp originates from. The history of KL Auschwitz can be divided into two basic periods: between 1940 and 1942 and between 1942 and 1944. During the first period, the place served as a concentration camp, where the prisoners were held awaiting a slow death. During the second period, it was transformed into the largest center of instant and mass extermination of the Jews. Total extermination of the Jewish population, soon known as the Holocaust, was now the main goal of the Third Reich. It is estimated that within four years of operation, about 1.1 million prisoners were murdered in the camp, 90% of the victims being Jews who were brought to the camp from other countries occupied or otherwise controlled by the Reich. The victims would die terrible deaths – gassed in chambers or brutally punished for the slightest offense. The Nazis also conducted a series of cruel medical experiments on prisoners. The inhumane living conditions in the camp were similarly deadly to the detained. This place, with its horrifying history, shows the tragedy of the Holocaust in the most poignant and direct way.
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This is private tour – organized on request.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is a place that connects the history of Nazi cruelty with one of the darkest moments in human history – the tragic fate of the Holocaust victims. We are very aware that for some of you this may be a deeply personal experience, and you may prefer to go through it without being disturbed. Thus, we are ready to offer a private guided tour of the former German Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. By choosing this option, you can easily avoid sightseeing in a large group. You will be picked up at the most convenient location in Kraków and travel to the Museum with our professional English-speaking driver in a private vehicle. Upon request, we are happy to customize the program to your needs. There is a possibility of extending the stay in every location, organizing a lunch break, and personalizing the trip in the way that meets your expectations. If you wish to discuss the possibility of a private trip, please contact us in advance. The standard program for the trip includes visiting two sections of the largest Nazi concentration camp “KL Auschwitz”. The first part lasts about 2 hours, taking the visitors to the permanent exhibition, original buildings and gas chambers with crematoria in Auschwitz. The group is accompanied by a private guide who provides all necessary and expected background information. During the next part, the visitors explore the most important objects of the second section of the camp – Birkenau. The participants will be able to see the carriage used for prisoner transport to the camp, barracks, ruins of gas chambers, and the Monument to the Victims of the Concentration Camp. The tour guide provides commentary during the second part of the tour as well. The trip is planned to take 7-8 hours in total.
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