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.
On May 8th, Prime Minister of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, visited the Auschwitz Memorial Site and Museum. During his visit, he met with a thousand members group of European youth. 720 Belgians and 280 representatives of other European countries set off May 5th on a special train from the Schaerbeek station, which, during the Second World War, Nazis used to deport the Jews during the Holocaust.