In Poland, 2nd of August is celebrated as the Roma and Sinti Holocaust Remembrance Day. 71 years ago, in the night from 2 to 3 August 1944 the Germans eliminated in the Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the so-called family camp for Gypsies (Zigeunerfamilienlager). Nearly 3000 children, women and men, the last of the Roma prisoners were murdered in gas chambers. Several hundred people attended the ceremony, which took place at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. At the monument commemorating the extermination of the Roma and Sinti on the premises of the former Zigeunerfamilienlager in Birkenau, wreaths were laid and tribute paid to the victims.
On the 71st anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, the director of the Museum Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński paid a tribute to its heroes and victims - including thousands of residents of the capital deported by the Germans to Auschwitz. At exactly 17:00, the commencement of fighting buy the insurgents at the “W” hour, he laid a wreath at the Death Wall in the yard of Block 11.
17 educators from Israel participated in the seminar entitled “Auschwitz in the collective consciousness in Poland and around the world. The role and significance of the memory of Auschwitz-Birkenau for Jews and Poles,” organized by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. Among the participants there were the Yad Vashem Institute guides, employees of the Yad Vashem Archive as well as the employees of Beit Ha-Edut and Lochamei Hagetaot.
The next region has joined the project “Auschwitz — History — Civic Education”, realized jointly by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the Prison Service. Agreement in this matter was signed by Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Director of the Museum and Lt. Col. Marek Grabek, Regional Director of the Prison Service in Rzeszów.
The Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation met for the seventh time on the 25rd of June 2015 at the Office of the Prime Minister of Poland in Warsaw. The primary task of the Foundation is to finance the preservation of the authentic remains of the former Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.