Birkenau was one of the largest concentration camps that was apart of Auschwitz. Over 1 million people died in Birkenau. In March 1942, Birkenau oped as apart of Auschwitz. A quote taken off of the foundations’ web site states:
“If one Place could address the conscience of humanity in the 21st century, this Place is Auschwitz-Birkenau. The last of the enormous extermination centers which is tangibly preserved. The largest of all the Nazi German concentration camps.
If the world we would like to build is to be safer, peaceful and more welcoming, it is imperative that we keep the authenticity of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial viable and palpable.
No one can change the past; however the future is in our hands. Help us to preserve the authenticity of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Help us to warn humanity against itself. Do not allow history to become a deafening silence. Save the memory.”
Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński
President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
This statements speaks to the importance of keeping this place as a reminder to never let an event like the Holocaust happen again. This concentration camp is located in Krakow, Poland. Even before I got accepted into this program, I saw that one of the places that were to be visited would be Auschwitz. I knew that if I went on the trip that this would be one of the most powerful places that we would have visited. Its memory and power still resonate till this very day.