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

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.

Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day

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

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

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.

Protecting the sky over the Memorial

Auschwitz Museum is probably the first museum in the world for which an official flight restriction zone was established. It will make it possible to better protect the authentic site of the former camp as well as the visitors of the Memorial through among others the possibility to control drones flying over the historical area visited each year by over two million people.

Seminar for journalists, 24-25 September. Call for participants

"History, Memory and Responsibility" is the title of the English-language seminar for journalists from around thew world which will be held by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust on 24-25 September 2019 (Sep 23 & 26 are the arrival and departure days).
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