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News

They were the first ones. Ceremonial Commemorations of the 61st anniversary of the first transport

14-06-2001
Ceremonies marking the 61st anniversary of the first transport of 728 Polish prisoners from the Tarnów prison to Auschwitz Concentration Camp were held at the site of the camp. Because they fell on the same day as Corpus Christi (a public holiday in Poland), the commemorations took a more modest form. A documentary film about the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz was shown.

Auschwitz Fence Posts Under the Magnifying Glass. Conference on the effectiveness of the technology

05-06-2001
The first stage in the preservation work associated with the renovation of the fence posts and concrete fence panels at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp has come to an end, and research is underway to assess the effectiveness of the technology used.

This time the US Congress. The Saga of the Watercolors Continues

25-05-2001
The United States House of Representatives has accepted a resolution calling on Poland to surrender seven watercolors painted by former Auschwitz Concentration Camp prisoner Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt. The authors of the resolution also appeal to President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell to undertake "all efforts" to aid Mrs. Gottliebova-Babbitt, a longtime US resident, in recovering the paintings....

Disco but seriously. The International Auschwitz Council in Session

20-05-2001
The legal situation regarding the gravel pit adjacent to the Museum, the projects of the Maja Corporation, and the future fate of the tannery following the recent decision by the governor of Malopolska province on the liquidation of the discotheque there were discussed at the third meeting of the International Auschwitz Council.

The Legacy of the Holocaust - Children and the Holocaust. Survivors at the Memorial

10-05-2001
Participants in a conference on "The Legacy of the Holocaust - Children and the Holocaust," organized in Cracow by the Jagiellonian University English Philology Institute and cooperating American universities from May 24-27, visited Auschwitz. Participants in the conference, including children of former prisoners of Auschwitz and other death camps, listened to a lecture by Helena Kubica on "Children and Young People in Auschwitz Concentration Camp."

Sauna Building open to Visitors. New permanent exhibition

24-04-2001
The so-called Central Sauna building, the biggest object on the grounds of the former Birkenau camp, was rendered accessible to visitors. It will also comprise the permanent exposition with family photographs of Jews, who were deported to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In this building, which went into use in late 1943, newly arrived prisoners, mainly Jews, were registered and subjected to disinfection before being exploited as slave laborers. In fact, these prisoners were deprived of their own identities and transformed from people into numbers. This was where the Nazis began what can be defined as an attempt at dehumanization. Visitors can learn about the function and history of the object by walking through the rooms in the same order as the victims were forced to do.
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