2.3 Million Choose to Never Forget

2.3 Million Choose to Never Forget

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January 7, 2019

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More than 2.15 million people visited the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland last year, setting a new historical record.

More than 400,000 of the visitors registered in 2018 were Polish, followed by 281,000 British, 136,000 Americans, 116,000 Italians, 95,000 Spaniards, 76,000 Germans, 69,000 French and some 65,000 Israelis.

Around 80% of these people visited Auschwitz-Birkenau accompanied by one of the 320 guides working in the museum.

The museum’s website www.auschwitz.org was accessed more than 27 million times, and 275,000 people follow the museum’s official account on Twitter and 265,000 on Facebook.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in southern Poland was opened as a memorial museum in 1947 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1974.

It is estimated that during the Third Reich, between 1940 and 1945, the Nazis murdered more than a 1.3 million people were murdered in Aushwitz,

According to the figures on the museum’s website, one million Jews, between 70,000 and 75,000 Poles, 21,000 Gypsies, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and between 10,000 and 15,000 people included in the category of “others” were murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Totaling approximately 1.1 million people.

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