Record number of visitors to Auschwitz in 2007

07.01.2008 14:39
More than 1.2 million tourists visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2007, the highest number ever, spokesman Jarosław Mensfelt has told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

Most visitors to the museum, which acts as a monument of the Holocaust, were Poles, who amounted to 465 thousand. The other 755 thousand were from abroad, with the highest number of groups coming from the United Kingdom, then Germany and the United States respectively.

According to PAP, museum workers say that more people are visiting the museum as Poland becomes a more popular tourist destination with better transport links.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau opened in July 1947 in the area previously occupied by the concentration camp of Auschwitz in the southern town of Oświęcim. At least 1.1 million were killed there, mainly of Jewish origin, but also Poles, Gypsies, Soviet POWs and other prisoners. (jb)