Travel to Camps
Harry W. Mazal OBE answers:
Auschwitz is about an hours drive from Krakow, the nearest major city. Although there is a hotel in the town of Auschwitz (The Globus), I don't think it is an adequate place to take your mother.
The hotels in Krakow can arrange for a guided trip to the Auschwitz camp, but be certain to plan on more than one visit if you really want to see most of the camp. It is vast. What is more, Birkenau, which is where the largest gas chambers were located, is a couple of miles away from Auschwitz proper.
If you stay in Warsaw, you will have a four or five hour drive. It is simply too far from Auschwitz. If you are in Warsaw, a city with little to recommend having been destroyed by the Nazis, you will be close to Lublin where the Majdanek camp is located. This too is a horrible place. I had a guide from the hotel drive me to the camp and back in one day.
You should try to buy the following book:
Concentration Camps: A Traveler's Guide to World War II Sites
Which can be purchased through Amazon. This book will answer all of your questions.
Good luck on your trip!
Harry W. Mazal OBE
Richard J. Green answers:
This answer may be too late to be of assistance, but Auschwitz is in Poland near Krakow, and Treblinka is northeast of Warsaw. As you did not mention a plan to go to Poland, I suspect you'll have to see these camps on another trip.
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