ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • Europe Political & Social Issues

The Holocaust and Auschwitz is Big Business

Updated on April 6, 2014
Tons of hair from victims
Tons of hair from victims
The victims only left via the crematory
The victims only left via the crematory
Gas used in the fake showers
Gas used in the fake showers

Would you take a vacation or take an excursion to visit the renowned Auschwitz extermination camp where over one million were gassed and suffered horrible abuse? Would you enjoy seeing the artifacts like the branding tools the Nazis used to imprint ID numbers on everyone who found home there? Visit the gas chambers? See the photos of carloads of bodies rotting and bones of those who met their fate? The piles of jewelry and clothes from those stripped before being gassed in fake shower room?

Truly, millions do. The Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camps in southern Poland are indeed historical and now falling apart. Built on marshy ground and near rivers, 70 years later, many places are now off limits due to decay. And while history must be remembered in order for it not to be repeated, isn't it rather morbid to want to save the buildings that murdered so many? Some advocate Poland should raze Auschwitz and simply have a park monument with artifacts as a memorial.

Every year, nearly two million visit this place where Satan resided. While the entrance is free, most have a guided tour lasting up to two hours (although, to really see this huge complex, it takes a good 4-6 hrs.).Tours cost between $30-40, or 20 pounds. Some places, like the where the crematorium is, can take 30 minutes of wait to get in (this is about as bad as waiting for a ride in a Disney Park). And like all "amusement" parks, you can buy souvenirs.

About 50% of the money Auschwitz earns comes from visitors. Now, the park is in desperate need of money to rebuild the death camp. The Auschwitz foundation has so far collected from various countries a total of $100 million for restoration which occurs every 15 years. The USA contributed $15 million, $37 million from Germany, $12 million from Poland, while only $1 million from Israel. The Auschwitz Foundation is hoping to have $150 million to fund the project. The "park" memorial is nearly 50 acres of grounds, 155 buildings and 300 ruins, including of the gas chambers and crematoria. The preservation staff numbers only 48. Birkenau, a satellite camp about two miles away, sprawls over more than 400 acres.

Visitors leave the "park" deeply moved because they see the two tons of hair piled up and still with color. On a peak day, 30,000 visit the camp to see where it all happened. However, 75% of the original buildings are gone or are in very bad shape. Since the park first opened in 1947, people have come for the right reasons but some because they are so young or not impacted at all, have a hard time believing what happened there on such a scale and it becomes a "theme park" of sorts, with no rides. A curiosity of the unimaginable that leaves a horrid impression.

Even if most of the buildings are now rebuilt, the monument must be sustained.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      Auschwitz was a Hitler vision from his hatred of Jews. Please....

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      Rothshild's friends' companies that helped financing Hitler and the jewish slave labor camps, for starter. Go and dig deeply in history books.

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      What they did to their own people?

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      Zionists want us to remember what they did to their own people. Sorry I won't there were/are so many holocausts in the world that the Zionist one won't have precedence over others! The Palestinian one, the Syrian, the Lebanese (soon), the Central African...


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)