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For choir and orchestra. The sixtieth anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, the archbishop of Cracow, celebrated mass outside the Death Block on August 14, 2001, the sixtieth anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe. After the mass, wreaths were laid in the death cell, at the foot of the Death Wall, and outside the block at the place where a penal roll call was held in reprisal for the escape of one of the prisoners. During this roll call, a group of prisoners, including Father Kolbe, was sentenced to death by starvation.

Roma commemorated. The first exhibition in Poland on the Destruction of the Roma

The Nazis "liquidated" the so-called "Gypsy Family Camp" in Birkenau on the night of August 1-2, 1944, murdering the three thousand Roma who were still alive there. From the winter of 1943 through the summer of 1944, nearly 23,000 Roma from over ten European countries were registered in the camp. Barely a thousand of them survived. On the fifty-seventh anniversary of this crime, the first permanent exhibition in Poland to provide full documentation of the destruction of the Roma was opened at the Museum in Block no. 13 at the Auschwitz I-Main Camp site). A similar exhibition has been in existence for several years at the Center for the Culture and Documentation of the German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg, Germany.

It could have been worse than that. Floods and thunderstorms

In mid-July, one well-placed thunderbolt struck the Museum telephone system and knocked out servers and modems, making it impossible to access the Museum website on the World Wide Web for two months and leaving half of the several hundred lines on the institution's switchboard dead. These problems have delayed the opening of the German-language version of the website, which had been planned for September.

Commercial service complex in vicinity of the Memorial. The Maja Corp. Returns

Near the main Museum parking lot and adjacent to the site of the Auschwitz I Main Camp, work has resumed on the construction of a commercial/service complex and a parking lot belonging to the Maja corporation.

Yad Vashem Visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

The latest in a series of seminars organized by the Museum for educators from the Yad Vashem Memorial Institute in Israel has begun. Group exchanges between the two institutions have been underway for several years.

Museum staff take part in the solemn ceremonies in Jedwabne. The New Memorial in Jedwabne

Museum director Jerzy Wróblewski and his deputy, Krystyna Oleksy, took part in the solemn ceremonies commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the murder of the Jews in Jedwabne. During the ceremony, Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski apologized to the Jews for the murder committed there sixty years earlier. - "I apologize in my own name and in the name of all Poles whose conscience is disturbed by that crime," said Kwasniewski. "We know with complete certainty that there were Poles among the persecutors and perpetrators. We cannot have any doubts: here, in Jedwabne, citizens of the Polish Republic died at the hands of other citizens of the Republic. This is what people did to people, and what neighbors did to neighbors."