Auschwitz: the evolution of a death camp and Holocaust memorial; Heike Mund; Deutsche Welle

Poland – Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang have accepted an invitation to visit Auschwitz following outrage over their anti-Semitic lyrics. What should they expect? The facts and figures behind the Nazi’s monstrous death factory.

More than 30 million people from all over the world have visited the memorial and museum of the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland since 1947.

Covering roughly 40 hectares (100 acres) and located 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the city of Krakow, unimaginable horror unfolded within the camp’s machinery of industrial death.

“People who’ve been in Auschwitz once in their lives, see European history in a different light,” noted author Navid Kermani after his visit to Auschwitz. For most visitors, it’s an emotionally devastating experience that long lingers in the memory.

The controversial rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang, who have provocatively referred to Auschwitz inmates in their lyrics, have accepted an official invitation to the memorial site. While they haven’t announced the date this is going take place, they are likely to be affected by their experiences as well.

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