Record 1.4M Visited Auschwitz Last Year

Increased number of visitors putting strain on structures
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 12:00 PM CST
Record 1.4M Visited Auschwitz Last Year
Visitors from around the world pass under the main gate at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, in Poland.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski,File)

Auschwitz had a record number of visitors last year, with more than 1.4 million people visiting the onetime Nazi death camp. Most visitors were from Poland, but the site also saw many American, British, Italian, Israeli, German, and French tourists. Auschwitz-Birkenau is one of the most-visited Holocaust memorials in Europe, and increased tourism is a boon for Holocaust education—but it's hard on buildings already in disrepair after decades, the AP reports. (More Auschwitz stories.)

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