"Please don't worry about the Gravel Pit. If the solemnity or character of the place are violated in any way, I can react immediately and issue a new decision," said Ryszard Maslowski, governor of Malopolska province, after a September 18 Supreme Administrative Court verdict overturned an earlier decree by Maslowski and the minister of internal affairs and administration.
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...."