Horrific Death Camp Draws Record Tourism
Auschwitz-Birkenau has 1.43M visitors in 2012
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2013 5:08 PM CST
In this May 1944 photo, Jewish women and children deported from Hungary, separated from the men, line up for selection on the selection platform at the Auschwitz camp.   (AP Photo/Yad Vashem Photo Archives)

(Newser) – Perhaps the most tragic site in modern European history is drawing record tourist traffic, AFP reports. The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland—where some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed by Nazis during World War II—saw 1.43 million visitors in 2012. "Over the last decade, Auschwitz has become a central site of Shoah remembrance for all of Europe, reflecting the importance of the history of the Holocaust," said museum director Piotr Cywinski. "Its educational dimension underscores the challenges which our societies still face."

More than half a million of the visitors were Polish, followed by 150,000 Brits, 100,000 Americans, 85,000 Italians, and 75,000 Germans. About 68,000 were from Israel. Most were students.

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Jan 6, 2013 5:21 PM CST
"were killed by Nazis" - why it would be improper to say "were killed by Germans"? Another idiotic example of political correctness? Who were these "Nazis" if not Germans?
Jan 6, 2013 10:35 AM CST
The Nazis were church going Christians. Most of the people in Europe who participated in the killing of Jews or did not object to the killings were church going Christians. All the people who murdered Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, etc. during WWII were Christians or Muslims. The Muslims in North Africa and the Middle East sent their Jewish populations to the death camps in Europe.
Jan 6, 2013 9:04 AM CST
I understood that 3.9 million people died at Auschwitz, 2 million Jews and 1.9 million Catholics. The Catholics were killed for protecting Jews or because they were Catholic Bishops, Priests or Religious Sisters. Most people are shocked to learn that half the people killed at Auschwitz were Catholic who were hated by the Nazis and persecuted throughout Europe. Sunsetmike