The largest, and arguably most famous Nazi concentration/extermination camp system during World War II, Auschwitz today consists of two separate sites: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. An estimated 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were starved, tortured, murdered, and cremated here between 1940 and 1945. This systematic genocide was part of the Nazi “Final Solution”. These camps, including the remains of the gas chambers bombed by the Allies, remain as a testament to those who died, and to the horror inflicted and endured here. They also serve as a warning of what racism and hate can lead to for the future. You can read more about my personal experience visiting this site in an upcoming post.