Are There Ghosts in Auschwitz?

Are There Ghosts in Auschwitz?

Are there ghosts at Auschwitz? Many have tried to answer this question without coming to a definitive conclusion.

Perhaps because of the truly wicked and depraved acts that were perpetrated in the death camps as part of the Nazi’s final solution, a thorough investigation into the paranormal has never been performed.

If ghosts linger where there has been emotional turmoil, tragedy and misery then surely they exist at Auschwitz.

The only evidence that we have to base our opinion on is the evidence of the thousands of visitors who make the pilgrimage to Auschwitz every day, visitors who leave deeply affected by what they have seen, heard and felt.

Auschwitz: A Brief History

Auschwitz was a series of concentration camps set up in Poland in 1940, to house political prisoners. Named after a nearby town, its title now resonates with a different meaning and fills most who hear it with horror.

By 1941 the camps had become part of Hitler’s final solution to the Jewish question. Jews, Russians, political prisoners, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Romani were sent to the camps for extermination.

Stripped of clothes, belongings, even the fillings in their teeth, the weak were sent to the gas chambers and thrown into mass graves.

Those that were stronger did not survive long. Forced to work in freezing conditions, starved, suffering from infectious diseases, their life expectancy was only three months.

Auschwitz was a series of concentration camps set up in Poland in 1940

Atrocity after atrocity was committed until it was difficult to imagine what else could be done to these poor people.

The Nazis unfortunately were more imaginative and began to perform the most horrific experiments on those that entered the camps. With a massive pool of siblings and twins to operate upon, the evil Dr Mengele began performing surgery on children and adults without any concern for their welfare.

Few escaped the camps, but those who did informed the Allied forces of their conditions. Sadly, they were not believed. The Allies refused to bomb the camps.

It was not until the end of the war when they were liberated by British and American troops that the truth was revealed and the world hung its head in sorrow and shame.

Auschwitz Today

At the end of the war most of the concentration camps were destroyed. Auschwitz I and II remained intact, however.

Many felt that to obliterate the camps completely was to obliterate the memory of something which should never be forgotten.

Today the camps are a tribute to those who died and are visited by thousands every year. Many of these people are profoundly moved, whether it is the enormity of history that moves them or the throngs of souls lost, it is hard to say.

The sadness of Auschwitz is often described as overwhelming. Both men, women and often teenage children who may know little of the camp’s history describe a palpable sorrow as you walk through its gates.

Ironically, the legend inscribed over the gates Arbeit Macht Frei means work sets you free, surely a final insult.

The camp itself is now characterized by an eerie silence, few people speak but listen intently to the information guides as they move around the camp.

The gas chambers are now sealed with concrete and the displays kept simple, but there is much to see and shock.

Often in tears, many have reported feeling tiny ghostly hands slip into theirs as they stop to look at the heaps of shoes taken from prisoners, a young girl’s fancy sandal and a baby’s tiny first shoes peeping from the pile.

Others have reported that their cameras jammed as they tried to photograph the mountain of human hair shaved from people entering the camp.

Orbs and strange shapes have been recorded dancing about the mangled mounds of broken spectacles and redundant, battered suitcases.

Voices have been heard pleading for help and assistance as visitors have walked through the simple numbered bunk beds where so many sought refuge from their misery in sleep.

Others have felt themselves touched gently by imploring fingers as they moved through the camp.

Irma Grese: The Beautiful Beast

Irma Grese is perhaps the most infamous and notorious guard that came out of Auschwitz. If ever there was proof that evil could exist within beauty, she was surely it.

Born in Germany in 1923 she had quite an unhappy life. Bullied by her schoolmates and left with a feeling of abandonment when her mother committed suicide, she became fascinated by the Nazi Female Youth.

In 1940 she was stationed at her first concentration camp. When her father could not dissuade her from taking up this role, he disowned her.

It was clear then that she had a moral compass in her life but chose to ignore it. In 1943 she was sent to Auschwitz where her career flourished.

Placed in charge of the 30,000 female Jewish prisoners, it was she who decided who was sent to the gas chambers and who survived, starving and degraded in the misery of the camp.

In 1945 she was sent to Bergen- Belsen .Soon after the war ended and she was arrested. As the world’s eyes were opened to the atrocities within the extermination camps a voice was finally given to the victims.

Grese was described as ‘the beautiful beast’ by those who testified against her at her trial. Her story was one of cruelty, murder and torture.

Rumored to be the lover of the camp commander at Auschwitz and the evil Dr. Mengele, she indulged in sexual excess.

Holding the Jewish people in utter contempt she is said to have owned a light shade made of the human skin of her victims.

Auschwitz, History, Concentration Camp

At her trial Grese was found guilty of her crimes, despite protesting that she was only carrying out orders. Controversy surrounds her execution, some reports suggest that she was hanged by the British hangman Pierrepoint, others give a different story.

Perhaps blinded by her beauty a number of people refused to hang Grese. In the end a Jewish hangman Lutzheim volunteered.

Contemptuous of the Jewish people until the bitter end, Grese swore that if he touched her she would return to haunt those who sentenced her to death.

In 1948 she was first spotted wandering near the gas chambers in Auschwitz. Ironically her ghost did not return to haunt those who hung her, but to wander around the camp where she once flouted her power and caused so much suffering.


Are there ghosts in Auschwitz? Certainly many people who visit the death camps today have reported unexplained phenomenon.

Considered to be a war grave, many feel that a thorough paranormal investigation of Auschwitz would be inappropriate until the wounds of the past are fully healed.

If you accept that ghosts exist where there has been great emotional turmoil, suffering and tragedy, then surely they must exist in Auschwitz.

How awful it is though, to imagine that these poor tortured souls remain tied to a place where they endured so much. How ironic also, that the only full apparition witnessed at Auschwitz is that of the beautiful beast, Irma Grese.

Divine retribution?

One can only hope.

Do we really need proof of ghostly presences at Auschwitz though to know that the souls of so many live on?

Perhaps the legacy of this awful place where man’s inhumanity to man was laid bare for the world to see, is that so many people who visit Auschwitz today, leave truly haunted by what they have experienced.

15 thoughts on “Are There Ghosts in Auschwitz?

  1. Pretty horrific stories that most people would prefer not to know about….but we all should pay attention and listen – history teaches us our mistakes!

    Your article is a great history lesson for those who are unaware of this great tragedy. I cannot imagine what it must be like to visit Auschwitz. Personally, I would never want to.

    I am sure the dark energy of what happened there is still very strong and felt by those who visit such a horrible place – it must be a truly mind bending hotbed of negative power!

    Keeping the building from being destroyed must be like a prison for the spirits who feel the need to stay there. Destroying the building could allow them to pass on.

    What do you think? Do you think it is a mistake they left the building standing?

    1. Hi Kelara,

      Wow that’s a really hard question to answer – but a very good question at the same time (so thank you for asking it!).

      Personally, I don’t see how they can knock it down…it represents so much evil we all need to remember. But…at the same time there are obviously souls left there that will never be allowed to leave…but maybe that’s just the way it’s supposed to be?

      This was a hard article to publish to be honest with you – Auschwitz is a subject that will always make people turn away…and rightly so when you think about it!

      I don’t think we as a human race can ever demolish the place…but the souls will then obviously remain…

  2. Hello I agree with you a bit but I think that it should nevermind be demolished because in this day and age so much history is disregarded and forgotten and I fear the horrors committed there would be forgotten if there was no evidence

  3. I have wanted to visit Auschwitz for a long time now. I eventually will soon. I have read so much on ww2 history. My grandfather who raised me told me his experiences during the war.(U.S. soldier) His brother was also fighting in the european theater fighting the germans. He lost his brother due to the injuries he sustained in battle. (Awarded The Purple Heart). He told me many stories of battle and also helping liberate a concentration camp,i can’t remember which one. The atrocities brought on there should never be forgotten and won’t as long as it’s educated amongst the world. Thank you for posting this. My prayer’s go out to the victim’s and there families. God Bless.

    1. Hi Chris,
      No I totally agree – the evil that took place in these ‘camps’ should never be forgotten (I also had a grandfather who was in the war – from Wales). Really nice to hear that you enjoyed the article so much mate!

  4. I recently visited Auschwitz and had what I think was a paranormal experience there. I was in one of the dormitories, (The one where you see the pics of the starving children) and I heard a deep exhale and breath on my neck. I thought it was my wife standing behind me, but when I turned, she was 5 meters away and the breath felt like it was a few centimeters from me. I even heard the exhale.

    1. I believe it. There actually have been reports of shadowy figures and objects moving without explanation, leads one to believe that there has been poltergeist activity there also. It’s really creepy there according to the photos I’ve seen there.

  5. I visited several years ago and from the time i entered the camp proper until the time i exited the camp I was overwhelmed by panic and nausea. The nausea was so overwhelming that at times i needed to sit down to fight the sensation back. I agree with you that it’s important to leave the camp as a monument to the horror that occurred as a reminder to us to not repeat history, but personally I could never return there nor to any other concentration camp. I’ve tried to evaluate my reaction logically over the years, I read a lot, and have known camp survivors, so definitely had their experiences in mind at the camp. But, I’ve also been to many other places where I know torture and death occurred on a large scale and never had even close to the same feeling. I do often get a sense of certain places whether it feels good, neutral or bad, but Auschwitz was on an entirely different scale from anywhere else I’ve ever been.

    1. Sounds like you’re very sensitive to the negative energies that have obviously been left there Katie – did you visit with someone else, and if so, did they have similar feelings?

  6. I have just come back from visiting the camps. I’ve often been in contact with ‘entities’ but was not really thinking about it that day. However, in the taxi as we were passing the woods near to Auschwitz I suddenly felt a very powerful oppressive presence. I sensed a pit where people were wailing in their misery and terrible voices screaming out ‘too much suffering, too much suffering’. My husband was very worried as he thought it was some form of fit. Then I regained composure. Once in the camp I started feeling it again in the crematorium but this time I was able to control it and it went away.

    1. Not a nice experience Anj – but at least you felt some sort of important contact with the presence left in the area. Thanks for sharing.

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