2 million 53 thousand people from all over the world visited in 2016 the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau which is protected by the Museum. This is a record number in the history of the Memorial which will observe the 70th anniversary of its creation this year.
Within the top ten countries from which our visitors come are: Poland (424 thousand), the United Kingdom (271 thousand), the United States (215 thousand), Italy (146 thousand), Spain (115 thousand), Israel (97 thousand), Germany (92 thousand), France (82 thousand), Czechia (60 thousand) and Sweden (41 thousand).
‘In today’s world – torn by conflicts, increased feeling of insecurity and strengthening of populistic tones in public discourse – it is necessary to re-listen to the darkest warnings from the past,’ said Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, director of the Museum and Memorial. ‘Not-so-distant past of which the painful effects are still felt by witnesses living among us, their families and the next generations. In an era of such rapid changes in culture and civilization, we must again recognize the limits beyond which the madness of organized hatred and blindness may again escape out of any control,’ he added.
In this regard the visit at the authentic former camp site is a unique educational experience. 73 per cent of the visitors (almost 1.5 million visitors) visited the Memorial with one of 286 Museum educators-guides, who explain the history of Auschwitz in almost 20 languages.