MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

1980-1989

1980

  • opening of the Italian national exhibition.
  • opening of the Hungarian national exhibition.
  • opening of the Dutch national exhibition;
  • opening of the "Auschwitz Concentration Camp" exhibition in London;
  • opening of the "Art by Auschwitz Prisoners" exhibition in Nuremberg and subsequently in six other West German cities;
  • opening of the "Children during the Occupation Period" exhibition at Sachsenhausen.

1981

  • discovery at the Birkenau site of the notes of Greek Sonderkommando member Marcel Nadjari.

1982

  • opening in Holland and Sweden of the "Testimony of Suffering and Hope" exhibition.

1983

  • the mayor of the City of Oswiecim and the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum issue a joint "Program for Work Connected with the Utilization of the Areas Adjacent to the Museum," which is accepted by the city council and implemented over the following years.
  • report by an Auschwitz Preservation Society commission of technical experts on
  • "Problems in Meeting the Preservation and Functional Needs of the Grounds and Buildings of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum," proposing that the Museum grounds be expanded and surrounded by a 10-meter green belt.
  • opening in Japan of the "Tragedy of Auschwitz Concentration Camp" travelling exhibition.
  • opening in Japan of the "Defenders of Peace Talk about War" exhibition.

1984-1987

  • work by the Silesian Polytechnic on a report on "The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Buffer Zone," commissioned by the Oswiecim municipal government.

1985

  • more than 500 entries arrive from around the world in the "Auschwitz Warns and Remembers" poster design competition.
  • opening of the new Soviet national exhibition.
  • opening of the Polish national exhibition.
  • opening of the "Auschwitz: A Crime Against Humanity" exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York; this exhibition is shown twice at the UN as well as in many cities in the USA and in Europe.

1987

  • conference on the preservation and maintenance of Birkenau.

1989

  • first meeting of the working group on the future of the Museum.