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.
'Art at Auschwitz concentration camp' – is a new online lesson prepared by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. It is dedicated to a unique document which shows the reality of functioning of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz as well as the fate if its victims – works of art made by the prisoners. The author of the lesson is Agnieszka Sieradzka, an art historian who works at the Collections of the Memorial.
On September 27, members of the Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. The Council controls and gives opinions on the entire work of the Foundation. The council is made up of persons acting to preserve the memory of the German Nazi crimes, historians and experts in finance or conservation, among others. Some of them are simultaneously members of the International Auschwitz Council.
Good prospect for education at the Memorial. Prof. Piotr Gliński signed an agreement on the financing of the ICEAH HQ
On September 15, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński signed at the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum a funding agreement for the project of adapting the building of the so-called Old Theatre for the activities of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
"Auschwitz. Death factory. Topography and Daily Life of a Concentration and Extermination camp” is the title of the exposition, which will be on display until 30 October 2016 at the camp’s laundry building on the premises of the former Auschwitz I camp. The exhibition was prepared by the National Socialism Documentation Center in Cologne, Peter Siebers and Prof. Gideon Greif, in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.