On Jan 27, 1945, the largest of the Nazi death camps – Auschwitz – was liberated. Every year, visitors from around the world visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, where they reflect on the history of the Holocaust, commemorate the victims, and are reminded of that universal lesson: never again.
In 1947, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum was founded on the site of the former Nazi concentration camp. It features displays of 40,000 pairs of shoes, seven tons of hair, various kinds of suitcases, and gas chambers. All the exhibits are chilling.
“Here you can see the original latrine, 22 toilets and urinal for the entire building,” an museum official explained. “When you look at the empty space like this, it’s sometimes difficult to use your imagination. But we need to remember inside the building like this, sometimes even 1,000 people slept.”
Seventy percent of visitors to Auschwitz are teens and young adults from around the world. They come to learn the truth about the history of the Holocaust.
“Everyone should know, especially people who denied this,” said one visitor.
“I’ve seen the gas chamber and victims’ rooms,” said another, a woman from China.
She echoed a similar sentiment. “The majority of victims were murdered before their bodies were burned. This concentration camp was called the Death Factory. This museum reminds us that we should remember its history and avoid such horrors from ever happening again.”
Over seven decades have passed, but the dark days at Auschwitz still resonate. This museum serves as a reminder of the terror and suffering of the camp’s victims. It ensures one of the darkest chapters of mankind will never be forgotten.