Already 19 countries have decided to support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Pledges to contribute to the Foundation's Perpetual Fund have already exceeded EUR 97 million. In 2012 the Foundation should transfer to the Museum approximately PLN 1.7 million, and in the following year approximately PLN 4 million. The Foundation convened in Warsaw, in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland.
70 years ago, on 10 June 1942, the penal company revolted and fled together from the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. On this occasion an exceptional ceremony took place in the Memorial Site. Its honorary hero was August Kowalczyk, the only still surviving participant of those events.
In the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Global Preservation Plan was officially launched which is the multi-annual programme of preservation work funded by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s Perpetual Fund. The inauguration was attended by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski. Among those present were also representatives of the countries that engage in the Foundation project.
In the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau a seminar named in honor of Raphael Lemkin, which is devoted to genocide and its prevention, took place. Its aim is to sensitize middle management government employees from around the world on the issue of genocide, including its political, economic and humanitarian consequences.
In May at the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum took place an educational session If the Stars Could Only Speak that included the attendance and participation of Batsheva Dagan – Israeli writer, poet, and former prisoner of the Auschwitz Concentration and Death Camp who was hosted by the Museum connection with the publication of two of her books for children, Czika, the Dog in the Ghetto and If the Stars Could Only Speak.