2 million 53 thousand people from all over the world visited in 2016 the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau which is protected by the Museum. This is a record number in the history of the Memorial which this year will mark the 70th anniversary of its creation.
Nearly 70 Auschwitz Museum educators-guides took part in lectures conducted by the employees and cooperators of Amud Aish Memorial Centre from New York. They constituted part of specialist training program prepared by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, in which Auschwitz Memorial guides participate each year.
We repudiate racism, fanaticism and extremism. The Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel at the Memorial.
“At this place of crimes committed by Nazi Germans, we declare our commitment to the sanctity of human life. We repudiate racism, fanaticism and extremism, especially when the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of religion”– we read in the declaration of the members of The Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel signed after a visit to the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. November 2, 30 religious leaders from Israel visited the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.
Representatives of the donor countries supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation's Perpetual Fund met on October 28 in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Warsaw for the 6th session of the International Committee of the Foundation. The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, minister Beata Kempa, as well as members of the Management Board and employees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation also attended the meeting.
The visit of Pope Francis and the huge turnout during the World Youth Day, the commencement of work on the new headquarters of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, issues of commemoration on the sites of the former concentration camps and extermination centers in Kulmhof, Treblinka, Sobibor, and Plaszów, as well as education about the Holocaust in the Polish school system, were some of the topics discussed during the 31st session of the International Auschwitz Council, which was held in the Chancellery of the Prime Ministers in Warsaw on 26 and 27 October, chaired by Prof. Barbara Engelking. Also in attendance was the deputy minister of culture and national heritage, Jarosław Sellin and the deputy minister of national education, Maciej Kopeć.