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Sunday to Wednesday: 09:00-17:00
Thursday: 9:00-20:00 *
Fridays and Holiday eves: 09:00-14:00.

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* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.

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From Anatolii Shapiro's books of memoirs "The Sinister Marathon" and "I Remember This Day":

"On the morning of January 27 while were still fighting, we reached the main gates of the camp. The approaches to them were mined.  While the latter were being cleared, we checked out other points of entry to the camp.

The first thing I saw once on the camp – was a group of people standing in the snow, who looked more like living skeletons, in striped jackets and rags on their feet instead of shoes. They were so weak that they could not turn his head. The camp was a veritable "city" of hundreds of long barracks and two storey blocks.

What I saw caused me a feeling of hatred for the monsters that created this "factory of death". I, who had seen human death many times at the front, was struck by the brutality of the Nazis that had turned the prisoners into living skeletons. They walked through the camp in striped uniforms. Two of them stopped and began to clap their hands, welcoming us, the soldiers and officers. How they were able to survive until the liberation, I do not know. And then, I saw those who could not speak, and turn their heads – living skeletons.

We stopped in front of the female barracks. On the floor, there were blood, feces, dead bodies - a terrible picture. It was impossible to stay there more than five minutes: the stench of decomposing bodies would not let breathe. The soldiers asked me: "Comrade Major, we are no longer able to look at what the fascists did to people ..." We received an order to inspect all the barracks, and we have carried out orders from their superiors. I did not see physically adequate people among the prisoners. The Germans left behind those enfeebled, emaciated, and led away those who could still walk.... On the way, almost all of them died. Later we learned that they led away ten thousand people ..."

"In the afternoon we entered the territory of the camp "Auschwitz" itself, passed through the main gate, over which hung a wire ligature made the slogan: "Work makes you free"….

It was impossible to enter the barracks without protective gauze mask. Uncleared corpses lay on the two storey bunks. The reaction of the survived prisoners on our appearance was the same as in the pencil factory. From time to time, half-dead skeletons got out from under the bunks and swore that they were not Jews. No one could believe that it was the liberation. After the barracks, we examined the huge warehouses filled with human ashes, still not packaged in sacks. There was so much ash, that the Germans were unable to remove it to the Reich, and sold it to local farmers as a fertilizer. "How could you use the human ash in their fields? - I asked one Pole, to which he replied: "What could we do? We needed something to eat! "I was particularly struck by the mountain consisting of bales of human hair, which was sorted by quality. Babies' hair is softer, and it was used for stuffing pillows, the hair of adults was used for .manufacturing mattresses. I could not look without tears at the mountains of baby underclothes, shoes, toys that were taken from the children, and the baby carriages.

On the next day, 28 January, a major government commission investigating Nazi crimes arrived at the camp in two Douglas airplanes. It consisted of prominent military leaders, political figures, a large group of doctors, and well-known writers. Among the latter, we recognized Alexei Tolstoy and Ilya Ehrenburg. The Commission immediately began its work [including] ascertaining the scope of the Holocaust that the Jews had suffered."

From: Anatolii Shapiro, Pomniu etot den' and Zloveshchii marafon