Number of visitors to Auschwitz Museum increases to 2.3 mln

The number of people visiting Auschwitz Museum grew in 2019 by 170,000 and reached a total of 2.3 mln visitors.

The press office of Auschwitz Museum released the figures for 2019 on Tuesday. Poles continue to make up the largest group of visitors (396,000) followed by Britons (200,000), Americans (120,000), Italians (104,000) and Germans (73,000).

81 percent of visitors were accompanied around the memorial complex by guides who offer their services in 21 languages. 14 000 visitors participated in programmes under the auspices of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, a 20 percent increase compared with 2018.

The first prisoner transport of more than 700 Poles arrived at Auschwitz in May 1940. The first gassings, of Polish political prisoners and Russian POWs took place in August the same year.

A total of 1.1 mln people were killed in the German concentration camp, of which around 960 000 were Jews. Other groups killed in Auschwitz include 70,000 Poles, 20,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet POWs and around 12,000 political prisoners from across Europe.

The camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945, and was declared a national memorial site by Poland in 1947.