Oświęcim is the Polish name of the city. It is more well known by it's German name of Auschwitz, the town is in the South Eastern part of Poland. It is a railway junction and industrial center producing chemicals, leather, and agricultural implements. There are coal deposits in the vicinity. In World War II the Germans organized a concentration camp system there, consisting of 3 main and 30 forced-labor camps. At the Brzezinka (Ger. Birkenau) extermination camp as many as 4,000,000 prisoners, mostly Jews, were killed.
Established in the mid sixteenth century, this is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Poland. It was closed finally in the middle of the 19th century. It is usually referred to as just the old Jewish cemetery, but sometimes as the dawne (old) Grodzisko, after the area in which it is located.
After the the damage and neglect it received since the beginning of the second world war, not much is left of the original layout of the graves. Some 50, of the few remaining gravestones, dating from the 16th to the 18th century have been re-erected in new locations alongside a path through the cemetery. The cemetery itself is surrounded by a high and solid brick wall. The cemetery is looked after by an old jewish man currently, but I do not know what will happen after he dies. Fewer than 10 000 jews are left in Poland, and most of them are elderly.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have made their first visit to Auschwitz and were joined by Polish President Andrzej Duda to honor those killed by the ...The Horrors of Auschwitz at a Museum in New York - The New York Times
With “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.,” the Museum of Jewish Heritage will devote much of its building to artifacts from that Nazi death camp.Pence likens Nazi genocide to Iran’s threat to Israel and warns against anti-Semitic authoritarians - The Washington Post
The vice president, after a somber walking tour of the Auschwitz memorial, said “freedom-loving” people must confront authoritarianism and hate.Auschwitz survivors pay homage as world remembers Holocaust - The Times of Israel
Ceremonies held at site of death camp in Poland 74 years after its liberation, but knowledge of Nazi atrocities during World War II is declining.Photos: Week in Photos Feb. 9-15 - Times Reporter
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