WARSAW Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland observed a record number of tourists in 2015, with more than 1.72 million visitors.
According to the Museum's press office on Monday, it was the biggest number since year 1947, when the museum was established.
In terms of numbers, the largest group of visitors were Polish (425,000), followed by the British (220,000), Americans (141,000) and Germans (93,000).
Compared to recent years, the number of Chinese visitors observed an increase of 36 percent.
"Going through the remains of the camp not only is a history lesson, but it is also a moment of reflection on our own responsibility for the shape of our world," said museum director Piotr Cywinski.
Over 300 well trained educators and guides are available for the visitors. In 2015, specialized educational programs on Holocaust were held, including seminaries, conferences and studio visits, which brought more than 11,000 people from all over the world.
The museum is also reaching people via internet and social media, with more than 200,000 people observing its Facebook profile and more than 15,000 following it on Twitter.
The Auschwitz concentration camp was established by the Germans in 1940. The second part of it, Auschwitz II - Birkenau was created two years later. Both became the place of extermination, mostly of the Jewish population, but also Polish, Soviets, Gypsies and others. At least 1.1 million people died in Auschwitz.
The museum was created in 1947 and includes both parts of the campsite. In 1979 it was placed on the UNESCO World's Heritage List.