MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

News

Support of the Malopolska Provincial Parliament for the Museum

15-11-1999
The Malopolska provincial parliament expressed its support of steps taken by the museum to preserve the integrity of its holdings by not returning to Dina Gottliebova the watercolors that she painted in Auschwitz on the orders of Dr. Mengele.

Courses for Teachers

20-10-1999
The second post-graduate course in "Totalitarianism-Nazism-the Holocaust," for teachers, was inaugurated (see also Museum, Education Center).

Grand Circle Foundation Support for the Museum

20-10-1999
The Grand Circle Foundation of Boston, MA (USA) presented the Museum with a check for $73,000, earmarked for educational activities.

A Discotheque at Auschwitz?

20-10-1999
The media are interested in the Lederfabrik affair. During the war there was a tannery there, and the building was also used to store the hair of the victims of the gas chambers. Now it is to be turned into a discotheque. The Foundation for the Youth Meeting House, which stands nearby, has protested against these plans. The starosta (head of the county) of Oswiecim has upheld his original approval. The mayor disagrees, arguing that the discotheque runs counter to the city's zoning plan.

Romano Prodi at the Site of the Auschwitz Camp

20-10-1999
Romano Prodi, head of the new European Commission, began his international travels with a symbolic visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Chairman wished to signal his interest in human rights and the protection of human rights at the outset of his term. According to Prodi, there is no more "clear and eloquent symbol than a visit to Auschwitz." He wrote in the guest book: "I am here today, at the beginning of my mandate as Chairman of the European Commission, to listen, to ask questions, and to remember.

Mrs. Weizmann visits the site of the concentration camp

13-10-1999
Mrs. Weizmann, wife of the current President of Israel, made an unofficial visit
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