The director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was awarded the “Bene Merito” Medal of Honour, which is granted by the Minster of Foreign Affairs to the outstanding individuals in recognition of the activities strengthening the position of Poland on the international scene. Radosław Sikorski presented the Medal in the presence of President Bronisław Komorowski. The ceremony took place at the Belvedere on the occasion of the Day of Foreign Service of the Republic of Poland. “This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the role of citizens and friends of Poland in the shaping of the position and image of our country,” stressed the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Zofia Banaszczyk, former prisoner of the German Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and Helmbrechts, donated a set of camp letters to the Auschwitz Memorial Site. “This is definitely the best and most worthy place for such memorabilia. This correspondence, which I have decided to give in its entirety, is my greatest treasure. Of course I hesitated, because I have children and grandchildren, but a lot of young people come here, and it certainly is a place where these items will be respected in the way in which they should be respected,” she pointed out when providing these precious documents to the head of the Archives, Wojciech Płosa.
A three-year project entitled, "The Conservation of Five Wooden Barracks at the Former Auschwitz II–Birkenau Concentration Camp" has come to an end. This was the first such a large and complex conservation project carried out by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum which was financed from the founds of the EU.
Jerzy Wróblewski, who was for many years the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, has been awarded the Legion of Honour. In handing him the highest French decoration, , Ambassador of France in Poland, highlighted his contribution to preserving the memory of Auschwitz: “Being a guard of the authenticity in the Museum for many years you have managed to reach an increasing number of visitors from all over the world. For being faithful to the memory in this special place, with respect to which no European or citizen of the world can be neutral, France has awarded you with the order of the Legion of Honour,” the ambassador summed up.
Up to 6 million euros will be transferred to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Perpetual Fund by Austria. The agreement was signed during the meeting of the Foundation International Committee with its president, Dr. Piotr MA Cywiński, and Hannah Lessing, the secretary general of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for victims of National Socialism.