75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF GERMAN NAZI CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP AUSCHWITZ
27 JANUARY 2020
The year 2020 will be special due to two anniversaries related to the memory: The 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration, under which the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research was established, today the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; and the 15th anniversary of the adoption of 27 January as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Both events symbolically took place on 27 January, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Consequently, the major international commemoration event will be organized at the Auschwitz Memorial.
Auschwitz Survivors will be the most important guests of the event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We expect that on January 27, 2020, about 200 of them will come to the Memorial from all over the world. A delegation of approximately 120 Auschwitz and Holocaust Survivors from the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, and several European countries will be able to take part in the main commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz thanks to the support of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation from New York City under the Leadership of Ronald S. Lauder. More and more former prisoners from Poland are now confirming their presence.
Very positive signals concerning the organization of common viewing of the anniversary have already reached us from some institutions and organizations. Such events may be of great importance for former prisoners of Auschwitz and other camps as well as Holocaust Survivors residing nearby. Each institution or organization which is going to prepare an event of this kind can contact us by e-mail at and provide their name, location and contact details. We will publish this information on the 75.auschwitz.org website in order to help survivors find and reach the nearest place where the broadcast will be organized.
Five years ago, about 300 Survivors, witnesses of the history of Auschwitz, have met in front of the Gate of Death at the former Birkenau camp in order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation. Official TV signal was broadcasted to the entire world. Over 250 TV stations from different countries used the broadcast. According to the collected data, over five hundred million people watched the commemoration live.