Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, was appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, to the Council for Museums at the Ministry of Culture. In April 16th nominations were officially presented by the Deputy Minister, Małgorzata Omilanowska.
The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust has published the two new educational books for children in Polish language: Czika, the Dog in the Ghetto and If the Stars Could Only Speak. The books published in Polish are subsequent works written by Batsheva Dagan, a former Auschwitz prisoner. In 2010, through the cooperation with the ICEAH, a volume of the author’s poetry was released, entitled, Blessed Be, Cursed Be: Reminiscences from “There.”
The complicated relations between German SS doctors and prisoners working in the camp hospitals, as well as moral and ethical issues arising from the crimes of the Nazis doctors, are some of the topics for medical students and doctors from Germany during the seminar "National Socialism and Medicine in the Third Reich." The seminar war organized by the Digital Repository of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the University of Witten/Herdecke.
From the 4 - 9 of March 2012, the third seminar was held in the Netherlands under the auspices of the Holocaust Education in European Perspective project (HEEP). The project is conducted for teachers, educators, as well as staff of institutions that deal with the history of World War II and the Holocaust. It is possible due to the cooperative work between the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
Halina Birenbaum, former prisoner of the German Nazi Concentration and Death Camp Auschwitz, Israeli writer and poet, was recently a guest during an educational session conducted by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. During the two meetings, entitled “My Life has Begun at its End…”, which had taken place on March 23 and 24, over 300 individuals participated, mainly students, along with teachers as well as guides and the staff of the Memorial Site.
A special Memorial Train from Slovakia arrived at Auschwitz along a historical route commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the first group of Jewish women from Slovakia by the Nazis to Auschwitz. The ceremony at the Memorial Site was attended by Slovak Prime Minister, Iveta Radičová, Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Figel, and representatives of various denominations as well as a large group of young people. A particularly special guest was Edita Grosmanová, survivor of Auschwitz, who that time was sent to the camp.