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76th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

17-08-2017
The Franciscan priest Maximilian Maria Kolbe was killed 76 years ago in the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. A solemn Mass was celebrated on the anniversary of this event at Block 11, which housed the prison camp where the clergy was murdered. Several hundred-people attended the ceremony, including former prisoners of Auschwitz. The Mass was presided over by the auxiliary bishop of Bielsko-Żywiec diocese, Piotr Greger.

Works have been completed on securing the walls of the gas chamber and crematorium III undressing rooms

11-08-2017
The conservation project has been completed on securing the northern and western wall of the ruins of the gas chamber and crematorium III undressing rooms on the site of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. The works were financed with funds from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

Seminar for journalists - call for participants

09-08-2017
"History, Memory and Responsibility" is the title of the English-language seminar for journalists held by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust on 2-3 October 2017 (Oct 1 & 4 are the arrival and departure days).

Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day

04-08-2017
73 years ago, on the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, the Germans liquidated the so-called family camp for Gypsies (Zigeunerfamilienlager) in Auschwitz II Birkenau. At that time, nearly 3 thousand children, women and men the last Roma prisoners of the camp were murdered in the gas chambers. In connection with these tragic events, August 2 is commemorated as the Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day.

73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising

02-08-2017
On the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, the director of the Museum Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński paid tribute to its heroes and victims – including the nearly 13,000 residents of the capital deported by the Germans to the Auschwitz camp. At exactly 17:00 – i.e. the „W” hour commencing the insurrectionary fights, he laid a wreath at the Death Wall in the courtyard of Block 11 at the premises of the former Auschwitz 1 camp.

New international travelling exhibition on the history of Auschwitz

26-07-2017
For the first time, 72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, a travelling exhibition dedicated to the camp and its historical meaning has been created. It will visit 14 cities around the world, 7 in Europe and 7 storyin North America, bringing its history closer to millions of people.
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