This new publication — released in Polish language — is the result of the two national conferences, "Auschwitz and the Holocaust against the crimes of genocide in the twentieth century," which were co-organised in 2010-2011 by the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau. The aim of the conference was a discussion on the nature and the consequences of genocide crimes in the contemporary world and reflection on the possibilities of education in the context of its prevention.
The "Auschwitz — Concentration and Extermination Camp" online lesson, which focus closer on the most important topics in the history of the Nazi German camp, is available in Polish version language on the Museum's website. The Auschwitz Museum is a pioneer of e-learning in institutions of this kind in Poland.
Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Nazi Concentration Camps, the director and employees of the Auschwitz Memorial Site laid a wreath at the Death Wall. 72 years ago, on June 14, 1940, the Nazis transported a group of 728 Polish political prisoners from the prison in Tarnów to the newly built concentration camp of Auschwitz.
The Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum met at the first meeting of the 2012-2016 term. It is a consultative body, appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and supervises the statutory activity of Museum as well as the issuing of opinions on plans for its actions. The new Council members are: Piotr Hertig, Andrzej Kunert, PhD, Fr. Jan Nowak, Krystyna Oleksy and Anda Rottenberg.
Director of the State Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, and also the President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, has been awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown. According to the King Albert II Coburg's will, the Knight's Cross of the Order was awarded by the Ambassador of Belgium, His Eminence Raoul Delcorde. The special ceremony took place in the Ambassador's residence on 12 June 2012.