"Light of Remembrance" for Sara J. Bloomfield, director of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sara Bloomfield, the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been awarded the highest recognition of the Auschwitz Memorial - the Light of Remembrance. The award was presented to her in Washington D.C. by the Director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński.

International Summer Academy 2019 in English and German - Call for Participants

The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust is opening the application session to participate in the 7th edition of the International Summer Academy. This English-speaking program will take place from 20 to 27 July 2019 and the German-speaking from 17 to 23 August 2019 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The seminar is addressed to teachers, educators, historians, employees of memorial sites, students and all those interested in the history of WWII and the Holocaust.

The President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence at the Auschwitz Memorial

On 15th February, the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence together with their spouses visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. They were accompanied on the tour of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp by the director of the Museum, Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński. Other guests included the President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder, Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich and Franciscan friar Rev. Piotr Cuber, guardian of the St. Maximilian Center in Harmęże.

The Eiss Archive, a testimony to the rescue of Jews by Polish diplomats during the Holocaust was presented at Belweder in Warsaw

The so-called, Eiss Archive is one of the largest collections documenting the rescue activities of Polish diplomacy for Jews at risk of the Holocaust, is already in Poland. On 12 February, the documents were officially presented at the Belvedere in Warsaw, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda; the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński; and the Polish ambassador to Switzerland, Jakub Kumoch. All documents will be transferred to the Auschwitz Museum.

2nd International Conference: Medical Review - Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire". 7-8 May 2019.

The violations of medical ethics during the Second World War, with special focus on the behaviour of physicians and other medical professionals in Nazi medical institutions and concentration camps, will be the main topic of the 2nd international conference "Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire". It will take place in Cracow on 7-8 May 2019.

Unique object associated with Capt. Witold Pilecki at the Museum Collections

The Museum Collection has been enriched with a unique object associated with Captain Witold Pilecki, co-founder of the resistance movement in the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. It is a drawing made in the summer of 1943 in Nowy Wiśnicz immediately after his escape from the camp. It portrays Witold Pilecki and Tomasz Serafiński - the person whose identity Pilecki’s assumed as an Auschwitz prisoner. The Museum acquired the drawing from Tomasz Serafiński’s daughter - Maria.
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