70.auschwitz.org – This Anniversary Won’t be the Same…
The Museum has launched a special website - 70.auschwitz.org - dedicated to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. The site features, for example, the ’Map of World Remembrance’, where we are going to mark all commemorative events concerning the 27th of January 2015.
The website states, ‘The major commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz are going to be held in front of the Death Gate of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. In many other countries, on that day – which for ten years has been International Holocaust Remembrance Day – many significant events are to take place, including conferences, exhibitions, celebrations, meetings… This will be an extraordinary symbol of the fact that people all over the world still keep in their hearts the memory of the tragedy of Auschwitz and of its victims. We want to show how huge this world memory map is.’
Organisers of events related to the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz can use the form we have prepared in order to ensure that the information they provide is included in the ’Map of World Remembrance’.
According to Mr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, the Director of the Auschwitz Museum, the seventieth anniversary won’t be the same as the previous round anniversaries. “We want to make a clear statement: it’s the last round anniversary to be commemorated in the presence of a large group of survivors. Until now, it has been them who have taught us how to look at the tragedy of the victims of the Third Reich and the total destruction of the world of European Jews. Their voices have become the most important warning against the human capacity for extreme humiliation, contempt and genocide.” The Director’s comments are exclusively published on the 70.auschwitz.org website.
“On this day, we must understand that the survivors, the former prisoners, did everything they could to make us realise that the road to the most terrible tragedies is surprisingly simple. Soon, however, it will not be the witnesses of those years, but us, the post-war generations, who will pass on this horrible knowledge and the crushing conclusions that result from it,” emphasised Mr. Cywiński.
One of the expressions of the future generations’ responsibility for preserving the Auschwitz history is the ‘18 Pillars of Remembrance’ project . Its goal is to raise 18 million Euros to allow finishing the creation of the Perpetual Capital of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The Capital profits are to go towards conservation of all the authentic remains of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
’Auschwitz-Birkenau’s authenticity and its ability to tell the story of the Holocaust are unparalleled. The generation of survivors is slowly passing away. Soon there will be no eye witnesses to tell the story. Auschwitz-Birkenau must be preserved so young people, old people, any citizen of the world can try to understand what happened and what could happen again. Only through facing the reality of our past we hope to rid intolerance from our future,’ reads the 70.auschwitz.org website.
The website also features historical text describing the moment of liberation of the Auschwitz camp and fragments of survivors testimonies. As 27th January 2015 is approaching, all the details concerning the programme of the anniversary, as well as information on the accreditation and media coverage of this event, are to be published there.