1 Million People have visited the Auschwitz Memorial in 2015
Over a million people visited the Auschwitz Memorial in the first seven months of the year 2015. Never before in the history of the Museum has the attendance been so high within this period.
‘Last year, when the attendance of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp reached the record of 1.53 million visitors, the first million was recorded at the end of August,’ said Andrzej Kacorzyk, Deputy Director of the Museum, responsible among others for the logistics of admission to the site of the former camp. ‘All indications are that the year 2015 will be marked by the increase in attendance of up to a dozen percent,’ added Kacorzyk.
The year 2015 at the Memorial was inaugurated by an extraordinary event – the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which took place on January 27th. Commemorative events attracted the attention of the entire world – both through the presence of almost 300 former prisoners as well as the leaders of over 50 countries and international organizations. The main event was broadcasted live by over 250 TV stations and watched by over half a billion people all over the world.
‘Exploring the Auschwitz tragedy enables us to get to know the world better, the post-war world, but also the present world surrounding us, together with the entire sphere of human hope, challenges and threats. This is the only reflection that may intensify in us the feeling of our own present responsibility”, emphasized Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Director of the Museum.
High attendance results in a number of challenges, connected among others with ensuring the safety of visitors as well as historical objects. At the beginning of the year, safety control at the entrance has among others been introduced. The maximum number of visitors entering the former Auschwitz I camp in one hour has also been determined. Special website visit.auschwitz.org has also been launched, which enables online booking of a visit for individuals as well as organized groups.
‘Thanks to the introduction of the advance booking system as well as regulating the number of visitors entering the site, much more visits of the Memorial start in the morning or in the afternoon. In this way, high attendance does not result in the overcrowding of the exposition itself. It is crucial as we intend to create the best possible conditions for visitors to learn the history of this unique place”, emphasized Andrzej Kacorzyk.
We remind that due to safety requirements, at the Museum premises it is forbidden among others to light candles outside designated areas as well as carry objects which may pose a threat to the life, health and safety. Smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes is also strictly forbidden in the entire area. Maximum dimensions of bags and backpacks that can be brought into the Museum are 30x20x10 cm. More details are presented in the Museum regulations.