Auschwitz Museum appeals for 1 mln followers on Twitter

The museum set up on the site of the largest Nazi German WWII extermination camp appealed to Twitter users to mark the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation by promoting the institution. The museum performs a vitally important role educating about the Holocaust.

The appeal was published on the Museum’s Twitter profile:

Auschwitz Museum preserves the original site of the Nazi German concentration camp without any major alterations to its historical construction. Visitors can see for themselves how the prisoners were forced to live and work in inhumane conditions. It also shows and explains the use of gas chambers and crematoriums in the Holocaust.

The Museum’s exhibition contains objects confiscated from prisoners entering the camp such as personal belongings, shoes and glasses. The number of objects concentrated in one place show the scale of the genocide.

The Nazi Germans established the Auschwitz-I camp in 1940, initially for the imprisonment of Poles.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the largest Nazi German concentration camp complex built during WWII, was established two years later. It also became the site for the mass extermination of Jews. There was also a network of sub-camps around the complex. The Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, including about 960,000 people of Jewish descent.

Around the main camps there were a constellation of more than 40 sub-camps serving different purposes, mainly economic. The whole area surrounded by fences and isolated from the outside world covered about 40 sq. km

The camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. In 1947, it was declared a site of national remembrance.