“Digital data archiving of victims of Nazism”. International conference at the Auschwitz Memorial Si
The conference “Digital data archiving of victims of Nazism,” organised by the Auschwitz Museum, was attended by representatives of 26 institutions from seven countries in Europe, the USA and Israel, mainly specialist involved in the building of a database consisting of the names and surnames of those persecuted by the Nazis. The theme of the meeting was to discuss the problem of a long-term storage of digital data.
In Paris, a convention was signed under which the French Republic will provide 5 million euro to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s Perpetual Fund. The sum will be transferred in five instalments starting from 2012. The agreement was signed by the French Minister of Veterans, Kader Arif, and from the side of the Foundation, its president, Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński.
Nearly 50 diplomats and representatives of the governments from around the world took part in the Raphael Lemkin Seminar which was organised by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) in collaboration with the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the United Nations.
The director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was awarded the “Bene Merito” Medal of Honour, which is granted by the Minster of Foreign Affairs to the outstanding individuals in recognition of the activities strengthening the position of Poland on the international scene. Radosław Sikorski presented the Medal in the presence of President Bronisław Komorowski. The ceremony took place at the Belvedere on the occasion of the Day of Foreign Service of the Republic of Poland. “This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the role of citizens and friends of Poland in the shaping of the position and image of our country,” stressed the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Zofia Banaszczyk, former prisoner of the German Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and Helmbrechts, donated a set of camp letters to the Auschwitz Memorial Site. “This is definitely the best and most worthy place for such memorabilia. This correspondence, which I have decided to give in its entirety, is my greatest treasure. Of course I hesitated, because I have children and grandchildren, but a lot of young people come here, and it certainly is a place where these items will be respected in the way in which they should be respected,” she pointed out when providing these precious documents to the head of the Archives, Wojciech Płosa.
A three-year project entitled, "The Conservation of Five Wooden Barracks at the Former Auschwitz II–Birkenau Concentration Camp" has come to an end. This was the first such a large and complex conservation project carried out by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum which was financed from the founds of the EU.