14 June - National Remembrance Day for Victims of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps
On 14 June 1940, the Germans deported a group of 728 Poles from the prison in Tarnów to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Among the deportees were soldiers of the September 1939 campaign, members of the independence underground organizations, school pupils and students, as well as a small group of Polish Jews. This date is considered the onset of the camp’s operation. Subject to the Polish Parliament’s decision, 14 June is commemorated as the National Remembrance Day for Victims of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps.
The first session of the new term of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Council was held on 24 May 2017. The main topics discussed by the members of the Council were, educational challenges related to record attendance, creation of a new headquarters for the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, as well as investment plans related to the construction of the new Visitor Service Centre, among others.
At this year’s Turin International Book Fair, which is the second largest Book Fair in Europe, the Museum’s Publishing House presented the Italian language edition of Fairy Tales from Auschwitz. The publication brings us closer to an incredible and moving story of the creation of illustrated fairy tales created by prisoners of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
The Auschwitz Memorial’s Archive has been enriched with a unique and extensive collection of documents associated with the Auschwitz camp and the history of World War II, including the ghettos and other concentration camps, created by the Holocaust survivor Władysław Rath and handed over to the Museum by his family. The entire collection contains 1893 documents and 29 photographs.