The conservation process of half of a wooden prisoners’ barracks of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau has been completed. The historic building returned to the Memorial in 2013, after over 20 years of loan to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
On 10 July 2016, the Prime Minister of Canada - Justin Trudeau visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. He was accompanied among others by Nate Leipciger, a former inmate of Auschwitz born in 1928 in Chorzów, who emigrated to Canada in 1948 and repeatedly visited the Memorial during the Marches of the Living, the Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion and Rabbi Adam Scheier from Montreal, Vice-President of the Council of Rabbis. The guests were welcomed by the Director of the Museum dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, who also told them about the history of the camp, and the contemporary challenges of the Memorial.
A meeting of the Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation was held at the offices of the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Warsaw. The main objective of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is to finance the conservation of the authentic remains of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
'Traces of Them Remain...' – Inscriptions from the Block of Death on exhibition in the Google Cultural Institute
“Traces of The Remain..." is the title of the new exhibition of the Auschwitz Museum available in the Google Cultural Institute. It presents extremely moving traces left by prisoners of Auschwitz - inscriptions carved in the Block of Death and prison on the premises of the Auschwitz I camp. The author of the exhibition prepared by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust is dr Adam Cyra, a historian at the Museum’s Research Centre.
On 14 June 1940, the Germans deported a group of 728 Poles from the prison in Tarnów to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Among the deported prisoners were soldiers of the September 1939 campaign, members of the underground independent organizations, school pupils and students, as well as a small group of Polish Jews. This date is considered the beginning of the functioning of the camp. Events commemorating the 76th anniversary of the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz took place in Oświęcim, and the day before in Tarnów.