World Heritage #0031 – Auschwitz Birkenau

Last updated Nov 9, 2019 | Published on Jul 15, 2010North and Central Europe, Poland, World Heritage Sites

There are only horrors connected to this heritage site, the horrors of exterminating more than 1.5 million people.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Official title: Auschwitz Birkenau – German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Country: Poland

Date of Inscription: 1979

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 31:

“The fortified walls, barbed wire, platforms, barracks, gallows, gas chambers and cremation ovens show the conditions within which the Nazi genocide took place in the former concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest in the Third Reich. According to historical investigations, 1.5 million people, among them a great number of Jews, were systematically starved, tortured and murdered in this camp, the symbol of humanity’s cruelty to its fellow human beings in the 20th century.”


My visit

I had a day in these camps in 2010 on a guided tour. Horrible. That is all I can say.

Read more about my visit.

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