71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – "Returns"
On 27 January 2016, the 71st anniversary event commemorating the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz will take place at the Memorial Site. The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda has extended his honorary patronage over the event.
The main topic of the 71st anniversary will “Returns”. "Auschwitz survivors, after liberation had to recreate conducive conditions for normal life. Some returned to their families, to devastated cities, such as Warsaw destroyed by the Germans; some event went through of were murdered in Stalinist torture chambers. Others tried to recreate a normal life after the hells of the Holocaust, among others, creating the new state of Israel", said the director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński.
"Remembering about all the victims, in a special way during the coming anniversary we wish to commemorate those who despite the huge trauma, made attempts to return to a normal life," he added.
Until the liberation of the camp area by the Red Army, the German Nazis murdered approx. 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, mostly Jews, but also Poles, the Roma people, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities. Auschwitz is to the world today a symbol of the Holocaust and the atrocities of the II world war. In 2005, The United Nations adopted January 27 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust.
FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME OF THE 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ ON JANUARY 27, 2016
12.30 – main commemoration event in the building of the so-called “Sauna” at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp
14.00 – commemorative ceremony: prayer and tribute at the Memorial of the Victims at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp
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Information for participants
Individual access to the site of the main event will be impossible. Persons with invitation shall be transferred there from the car park located in Oswiecim at 55 Więźniów Oświęcimia Street, where they can leave their cars. The Museum buses will run from 11.15 to 11.45. After the event , all guests are requested to move from the Memorial of the Victims towards the Gate of Death of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. From there, guests will be ferried back in buses to the car pack at 55 Więźniów Oświęcimia Street.
NOTE! After 11.45, access to the commeration event site will not be possible.
Information for those without invitation
Private persons and organized groups that wish to participate in the commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz will have access to the public sector, located in section BI at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. The anniversary will be transmitted there on a large outdoor screen.
Please leave vehicles in the municipal parking lot in Brzezinka at 14 Męczeństwa Narodów Street. After the official part of the commeoration, people in the public sector will get the opportunity to approach the Memorial, to pay tribute to the victims.
The accreditation process for journalists to the commemoration event of the 71st anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz has been completed. All accredited journalists will receive the information about media coverage by January 25 the latest.
Information for visitors on 27 January 2016
On 27 January 2016, the Auschwitz Memorial will be open to visitors with certain restrictions. We kindly ask you to comply with the instructions of the Museum Security, guides and staff of the Museum. The areas of the Monument of the Victims and the building of the so-called “Sauna” at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp will not be accessible to visitors.
Given the possibility of changes, we kindly ask you to keep track of information on the website of the Museum.