A ceremony marking the conclusion of the second post-graduate course on Totalitarianism, Nazism and the Holocaust was held in the conference room of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum administration building on July 7. University officials, lecturers, course administrators, and Museum research staff joined this year's course graduates in attendance. Prof. Jacek Chrobaczynski had a lecture to mark the end of the course.
The International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network (ILGCN) has awarded the Museum its Orfeo Iris-2000 Human Rights Prize. In it's announcement, the ILGCN stated that the award was made "in honor of those homosexual prisoners who perished in Auschwitz ... and for your museum's printed information mentioning the imprisonment of homosexuals in the Nazi camps, your displaying the prison uniform's pink triangles used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals...."
Ceremonies were held on the grounds of the former camp to mark the anniversary of the deportation to Auschwitz Concentration Camp from the Tarnów prison of the first transport of 728 Poles. They obtained serial numbers 31 to 758 (the first 30 numbers were reserved for German capos). Approximately 240 of these prisoners survived the camp, and 79 of them are still alive. Some 45 of these survivors attended the ceremony. One of them was prisoner number 31, Stanislaw Ryniak.