Loaned historical barrack returned to Poland

Half of the original prisoners' wooden barracks from the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II—Birkenau returned to Poland after more than two decades of being loaned to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington. This historical object arrived by sea to the port of Gdynia.

The seminar "Judaism - the History and Culture of Polish Jews - the Holocaust" completed

7th December saw the completion of the two-week seminar entitled „Judaism — the History and Culture of Polish Jews — the Holocaust” for educators from Poland which took place at the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.

President of Nauru at the Auschwitz Memorial

The President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum on November 21. This was the first visit of a representative of this republic in Micronesia to the former German concentration and extermination camp.

UN Secretary General at the Auschwitz Memorial

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, visited the Auschwitz Memorial Site and Museum on November 18. The visit, above all, paid tribute to victims of the camp but also emphasized the importance of the UN work for tolerance, peace and genocide prevention. During the visit the access of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz Memorial — at the invitation of the UN — to the United Nations Academic Impact was announced.

"ABCs of Christian- Polish-Jewish Relations" course started

On 8th November at the Auschwitz Memorial Site, the inaugural course of “ABCs of Christian- and Polish-Jewish Relations” was held. 49 individuals took part in the course — including students, post-graduates, teachers and educators as well as pastoral workers, catechists, guides, the staff of museums and other cultural institutions and the media. Classes will run until April next year.

“Forbidden Art” exhibition in New York

The ceremonial opening of the “Forbidden Art” exhibition took place at the New York Park East Synagogue. The exhibition, prepared by the Auschwitz Museum, presents the story of 20 work of arts made illegally and at great risk by prisoners of the German Nazi concentration camp. Among the guests were ambassadors, consuls and diplomats from 18 countries, including: the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland — Ryszard Schnepf, Poland’s Ambassador to the UN — Ryszard Sarkowicz, Consul General of Israel in New York — Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Poland in New York — Ewa Junczyk Ziomecka, as well as a representative of the Friends of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation — Martin Karlinsky.
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