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News

14 June. National Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Nazi Concentration Camps.

14-06-2013
On 14 June, the directors and staff of the Auschwitz Memorial Site, along with Dyonizy Lechowicz, a former prisoner of Auschwitz and Mauthausen-Gusen, laid a wreath at the Wall of Death by block 11 to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Nazi Concentration Camps. 73 years ago, the German Nazis transported a group of 728 Polish political prisoners from the prison in Tarnów and sentenced them to the newly built concentration camp of Auschwitz.

"Shoah". New exhibition in block 27. Light of Remembrance for Avner Shalev.

13-06-2013
On 13 June in block 27 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, a new national exhibition entitled “Shoah” was opened. The ceremony was attended by, among others, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski. The exhibition was prepared by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem. During the solemn inauguration of the exhibition, the director of the Institute, Avner Shalev, was honoured with the “Light of Remembrance” award, which was granted by the Museum for his outstanding contribution to the education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. Guests of honour of the ceremony were Holocaust survivors, including Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Bus from Volkswagen for the Auschwitz Memorial Site

12-06-2013
In Berlin, a ceremony was held for the transfer to the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau of a bus donated by Volkswagen AG and the International Auschwitz Committee. The new vehicle will transport visitors free of charge between the former camps of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, which are at a distance of more than 2 km.

New storage for suitcases and change in the storage system of historical objects

10-06-2013
At the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site, work is underway on comprehensive modernisation of the warehouses for historic suitcases. The project is connected with the extensive investments in the warehouses to ensure maximum safety of archival materials and collections, all of which constitute a material witness to the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz.

Laureates of the literary contest “What does Auschwitz mean in my today life?” awarded

29-05-2013
At the Office of the Human Rights Defender in Warsaw, the results of the literary competition “What does Auschwitz mean in my today life?” were announced and awards were handed out to the laureates.

Historical diary come to the Museum

28-05-2013
The diary made by prisoners of the German concentration camps: Auschwitz, Dachau and Mauthausen-Gusen, has been donated to the Auschwitz Memorial Site. In this unique, dozen pages notebook are drawings of camp scenes and poems. The diary was offered to the Museum by Eleanor Hensel from California, the wife of U.S. Army Lieutenant Clifford Hensel, who participated in the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in Germany.
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