“Auschwitz” – the very word itself is synonymous with man’s inhumanity against man.
Auschwitz was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. It was the largest of the German concentration camps, consisting of Auschwitz I (the Stammlager or base camp); Auschwitz II-Birkenau (the Vernichtungslager or extermination camp); Auschwitz III-Monowitz, also known as Buna-Monowitz (a labor camp); and 45 satellite camps. Auschwitz is the German name for Oswiecim, the town the camps were located in and around; it was renamed by the Germans after they invaded Poland in September 1939. Birkenau, the German translation of Brzezinka (birch tree), refers to a small Polish village nearby that was mostly destroyed by the Germans to make way for the camp.
Auschwitz II-Birkenau was designated by Heinrich Himmler, who was the Reichsfuhrer and Germany’s Minister of the Interior, as the locus of the “final solution of the Jewish question in Europe”. From spring 1942 until the fall of 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over Nazi occupied Europe. The camp’s first commandant, Rudolf Hoss, testified after the war at the Nuremberg Trials that up to three million people had died there (2.5 million exterminated, and 500,000 from disease and starvation), a figure since revised to 1.1 million, around 90 percent of them Jews. Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Roma and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet Prisoners of War, and tens of thousands of people of diverse nationalities. Those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, lack of disease control, individual executions, and medical experiments.
Unless stated all Auschwitz Trips are £499 per guest, plus £45 a night single room supplement where applicable.
Next Trip Dates:
14-16 April 2016, £499 plus £35 single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.
This really is a comprehensive tour of occupied Poland. Guests fly to Krakow airport (served by several low cost UK airlines) where they are met by Nick J. From there our MHT Trip begins by private airport transfer to Krakow. After settling into our hotel in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz we go on a tour of Krakow Old Town where the occupation is explained. Before dinner we wander Kazimierz with the guests where we talk about how Jews were moved to the Ghetto before it was ‘cleared’ and the transfer to Auschwitz began. On Day Two we travel by private mini bus to Auschwitz I, arriving at 08:45, before the bulk of tourists enter the camp and we lead you on a private tour. After lunch we go by private mini bus to the “Ramp” between the two main camps before we then continue the short mini bus ride to Birkenau. Once again we avoid the crowds and conduct our small private group around the camp and explain the mechanism of murder introduced by the Nazis. At the end of the afternoon our mini bus returns us to our hotel. After this hard day we unwind in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. Day Three we walk over the river to the Podgorze where a Ghetto was created to house the Jews. We go on a tour to see the key sites, such as the Resistance Headquarters, then make our way along to the Plazsow Forced Labour Camp (made famous by Ralf Fiennes incredible performance in Schindler’s List). We also visit the occupation museum now located at the former Oskar Schindler Factory before we return to the hotel then airport by private transfer.
Many interested in military history shy away from the holocaust but here at MHT we believe they are too inextricably linked to ignore making the journey to Poland to visit this location. We feel we have set the camps against a backdrop that explains how and why such atrocities occur and we feel it is important that at least once in your life this location should be visited and by doing so we feel visitors will want to learn more and visit other locations.
The trip price includes private airport transfers both ways, 2 nights bed & breakfast, all museum entrances, all talks and guidance and private transport to Auschwitz I, to Birkenau via “The Ramp” then return to Krakow.
Just £100 deposit secures a place. E mail or call us today to book your place.
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