Auschwitz reopens after flood threat

By Jessica Elgot, May 21, 2010
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Auschwitz: Teams of volunteers fought to prevent flood damage to the museum archive

Auschwitz: Teams of volunteers fought to prevent flood damage to the museum archive

Auschwitz has reopened to visitors after extreme floods, which have claimed the lives of seven people in Poland, forced the museum to close.

Thousands were evacuated from their homes after the Vistula and Sola rivers flooded after heavy rain.

Auschwitz’s museum has been closed since Monday, as volunteers and firefighters worked to build flood barriers to protect it from the rising water. Archives and thousands of items belonging to the camp’s victims were re-stored in top floors of the museum’s buildings.

The water reached within a few metres of the grounds on Tuesday night.

The Auschwitz part of the camp has now reopened to the public but parts of the Birkenau camp remain closed.

    Last updated: 4:37pm, May 21 2010