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78th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

15-08-2019
Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Franciscan, was killed in the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz 78 years ago. A solemn Holy Mass was celebrated on the anniversary of this event at Block 11, which housed the camp prison where the monk was murdered. The Mass was presided over by Abp. Marek Jędraszewski.

Over twenty million PLN for the development of the Visitor Service Centre

13-08-2019
The significant financial support will help to develop the infrastructure for providing services to visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. The agreement between the Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation for the transfer of $5.5 million for the project was signed in New York by the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Piotr M. A. Cywiński, and the donors: Ronald S. Lauder and Joel Citron - on behalf of himself and his wife, Ulrika. The funds will enable the implementation of one of the complementary projects to the new Visitor Service Centre.

ICEAH seminar for Israeli educators and guides

12-08-2019
19 Israeli guides and employees of institutions involved in the subject of the Holocaust took part in the seminar entitled "Auschwitz in the collective consciousness in Poland and around the world. The role and significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memory for Jews and Poles”, which was held from 28 July - 8 August 2019. It was organised by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day

08-08-2019
75 years ago, on the night of the 2nd to the 3rd of August, the German liquidated in the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp so called family camp for the Gypsies (Zigeunerfamilienlager). About 4.3 thousand children, women and men, the last Roma prisoners in the camp, were murdered in the gas chambers at that time. Main commemorative events took place within the premises of former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

Distinction of the Special Prize of the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma for Piotr M. A. Cywiński

08-08-2019
Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, was honoured with the Special Prize of the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma. The award ceremony took place on August 1st in Cracow during a special concert organized at the eve of the Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day.

75th anniversary of outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising

05-08-2019
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Museum Director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński paid homage to its heroes and victims, including nearly 13 thousand citizens of the capital deported by the Germans to the Auschwitz camp. On August 1st at 5 o’clock p.m. – the “W” hour marking the beginning of the fights – he laid a wreath by the Death Wall at the courtyard of Block 11 in the former Auschwitz I camp.
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