Josef Mangele the "Angel of Death"


Josef Mengele was a German physician and SS officer during World War II. He was born in 1911 in Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany. Mengele is infamously known for his role as the "Angel of Death" at the Auschwitz camp, where he conducted cruel and deadly experiments on prisoners, particularly on twins and children.


Medical experiments conducted in Auschwitz


Medical experiments conducted in Auschwitz were among the many horrifying atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II. Some of them were performed on prisoners without their consent, often resulting in immense suffering, pain, and death......


Gas Vans in Soviet Union


In the Soviet Union, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s, gas vans were employed as a method of mass execution. These vans were modified cargo trucks with airtight chambers in the rear compartment.


The development of gas chambers


Using gas as a means of execution predates the 20th century. However, in the context of the Holocaust and the systematic genocide carried out by Nazi Germany, gas chambers were primarily developed and implemented by the Nazis as part of their genocidal policies. 


Famous Holocaust sites around the World


One of the most indescribable events in human history was the Holocaust. Many people believe that you can never truly appreciate or understand something until you see it for yourself.


Faces of Auschwitz


There are nearly 40,000 registration photographs in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum's collection.
The preserved photos, which include primarily men and women, are only a tiny part of an extensive Nazi photo archive. Prisoners were photographed shortly after their arrival by fellow inmates...


'Gipsy Camp' at Birkenau.


Roma people were deported from all over Europe to what was known as the 'Gypsy Camp'. It was created in Birkenau after Himmler signed an order in December 1942. The first groups of German inmates arrived in February 1943. The camp started to fill up rapidly as new transports landed.


Majdanek Concentration Camp in eastern Poland


The German authorities' plans for Majdanek did not end with a POW camp's official functions and a concentration camp. KL Lublin also carried out the 'Final Solution to the Jewish Question'. It also served as a detention and transit centre for Poles from the countryside.


What airport do you fly into for Auschwitz?


The closest international airport is Krakow Airport - John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport (1h 30min drive from Auschwitz). Second closest international airport is Katowice Airport Pyrzowice (1h drive to Auschwitz).


Concentration camps in Poland


Many of the Nazi's concentration camps were established in Poland. Belzec, Chelmno nad Nerem (Cumhof), Rogoznica (Gross-Rosen), Sobibor, Trablinka, Auschwitz, Majdanek, Stutthof.


The Birkenau Camp


The Birkenau camp is less visited than Auschwitz, although it was here that the majority of prisoners  lived and died. Covering some 170 hectares, the Birkenau camp consisted of 300 buildings...


The Shoah


In 1941, when it seemed that the complete conquest of Europe by Germany was only a matter of time, the leadership of the Third Reich decided to carry out the 'Final Solution of the Jewish Question'.


Women in Auschwitz


A total of over 130,000 women were registered in the Auschwitz complex


Is Krakow just another Prague or is it something more interesting perhaps?


Each year Krakow is coming closer to Prague regarding the number of tourists visiting the city annually.
The Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and Wieliczka Salt Mine along with the former concentration camp in Auschwitz are the main tourist attractions of this region.


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