A group of 25 educators from Israel participated in a specialist seminar entitled “Auschwitz in the collective consciousness in Poland and around the world. The role and significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial for Jews and Poles,” which was held from 21st July to 1st August. It was organised by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in close cooperation with the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.
On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, the Germans liquidated the so-called Gypsy family camp (Zigeunerfamilienlager) of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Nearly 3000 children, women and men of the last Roma prisoners were murdered in the gas chambers. Several hundred people attended the ceremony dedicated to the 69th anniversary of the event, which took place at the former German Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
69 years ago, on 1 August 1944, the Warsaw Uprising began. On the anniversary of this event, promptly at 17.00 – the commencement of fighting by the insurgents at the "W" hour – the director of the Museum, Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, laid a wreath at the Death Wall and paid tribute to the heroes and victims of the Uprising — including the thousands of residents of the capital deported to Auschwitz.
The Auschwitz Museum is the tenth museum in the world and the third in Europe according to the result of a ranking published by the tourism website TripAdvisor . This award is all the more important due to the fact that the reports of this portal are prepared on the basis of the opinion of Internet users and travellers.