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Memorial museum at Auschwitz, where 1.1 million died in WWII, says its Twitter account has lost more than 6,000 followers since the Israel-Hamas conflict escalated

The Auschwitz museum and memorial – at the death camp where around 1.1 million people were murdered during the Second World War – has revealed it’s lost thousands of followers since the Israel-Hamas conflict began. 

Posting on X this week, the museum said it had shed more than 6,100 followers since the reignited war began on October 7th.   

A post on @AuschwitzMuseum, the official account for the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland read: ‘Our account has lost over 6,100 followers in October. That’s why we continue to ask for your engagement. You create this incredible community and help us all remember.’

The former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland - the museum that now sits on the site says its lost thousands of followers on X since the Israel Gaza conflict escalated The former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland - the museum that now sits on the site says its lost thousands of followers on X since the Israel Gaza conflict escalated

The former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland – the museum that now sits on the site says its lost thousands of followers on X since the Israel Gaza conflict escalated

Since 1947, the memorial has operated as Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which in 1979 was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The site was visited by more than a million people in 2022 – with visitors to the historical site coming from all over the world and tours offered in 20 languages.

Before the pandemic, more than two million people visited the memorial every year. 

During the Second World War, the former death camp, which was located in Nazi-occupied Poland near the town of Oswiecim, was made up of three main sites – with an estimated 1.3 million people sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Auschwitz I, the original concentration camp, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a combined concentration and extermination camp and Auschwitz III–Monowitz, a labour camp, with a further 45 satellite sites.

Birkenau became a major part of the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution’, where they sought to rid Europe of its Jewish population. 

The death camp still carries the slogan that greeted those arriving during the Second World War – ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work makes you free). 

In the UK today, government ministers are holding an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on Britain – as fears grow of clashes at a controversial pro-Palestine protest on Armistice Day.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden pictured arriving at today's Cobra meeting in Whitehall to discuss the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden pictured arriving at today's Cobra meeting in Whitehall to discuss the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden pictured arriving at today’s Cobra meeting in Whitehall to discuss the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict 

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden is chairing the gathering of senior politicians, police chiefs and top officials this afternoon. It will examine a ‘range of areas’ including how to address important issues around ‘community cohesion’.

More than 70,000 people are expected to flock to London on Saturday to rally against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza – a few hours after a two-minute silence will be held at the Cenotaph for fallen servicemen and women.

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk had urged protesters including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to heed police calls to postpone the march, but today they vowed to press on.

Met Police chief Sir Mark Rowley is facing growing pressure to call for a ban on the demonstration after Mr Dowden said he had ‘grave concerns’ about the event and Rishi Sunak called it ‘provocative and disrespectful’.

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