72 years ago, in the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz, the Franciscan, Father Maximilian Kolbe, was murdered. On the anniversary of this event, by the block 11, where the monk was murdered, a holy mass was celebrated. It was presided over by the Ordinary of the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec, Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy. The service was attended by hundreds of people.
Bring Back the Humanity. A new publication recounts the stories of 5,453 prisoners from Wielkopolska
Memorial Book. Transportations of Poles to KL Auschwitz from Wielkopolska, Pomorze, Ciechanów and Białystok Areas 1940-1944 is a new three-volume scientific publication issued by the Auschwitz Museum in Polish language version. Prepared by the Museum’s historian, Bohdan Piętka, it presents the fates of 5,453 prisoners sent by the Germans to Auschwitz in 84 transports from western and northern Polish lands incorporated into the German Reich.
A group of 25 educators from Israel participated in a specialist seminar entitled “Auschwitz in the collective consciousness in Poland and around the world. The role and significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial for Jews and Poles,” which was held from 21st July to 1st August. It was organised by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in close cooperation with the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.
On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, the Germans liquidated the so-called Gypsy family camp (Zigeunerfamilienlager) of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Nearly 3000 children, women and men of the last Roma prisoners were murdered in the gas chambers. Several hundred people attended the ceremony dedicated to the 69th anniversary of the event, which took place at the former German Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz II-Birkenau.