74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - announcement
The event commemorating the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz will take place on 27 January 2019, on the premises of the Auschwitz Memorial. The visual symbol of the anniversary will be a painting by an Auschwitz survivor Jerzy Adam Brandhuber „Arrival of a transport to the unloading ramp”.
In 2019, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the installation of the railways siding and unloading ramp inside the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. It ended almost at gas chambers and crematoria II and III. From mid-May 1944 transport of Jews deported by the Germans for direct extermination from Hungary, Litzmannstadt and Theresienstadt ghettos and Slovakia, among others. Transport of Poles from insurgent Warsaw deported from the transit camp in Pruszków also ended their journey there.
The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda has assumed honorary patronage of the event. „The commemoration event organized by the team of the Museum with great dedication to the memory of the victims of Auschwitz bring the truth about the German crimes which is a warning to contemporary and future generations,” wrote minister Wojciech Kolarski from the Chancellery of the President
Until the liberation of the camp by soldiers of the Red Army, German Nazis murdered approx. 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, mostly Jews, but also Poles, the Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities.
Auschwitz is for the world today, a symbol of the Holocaust and atrocities of World War II. In 2005, the United Nations adopted 27 January as the International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day.
74th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ, 27 JANUARY 2019
12.30 – main commemoration event in the building so-called “Sauna” on the premises of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp
14.00 – commemoration ceremony – prayer and paying tribute at the Monument to the Victims on the premises of former Auschwitz II-Birkenau
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Information for invited guests
Individual commute or access to the venue of the celebrations will not be possible.
Invited persons will be transported to the venue from the car park located at ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 55 in Oświęcim, where they can leave their cars. The Museum buses will run from 11.15 to 11.45. After the event, all guests are kindly requested to proceed from the Memorial to the victims towards the Gate of Death of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau. From there, the buses will take all participants to the car park at ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 55.
NOTE! After 11.45, transport to the site of the commemoration event will not be possible.
Information for persons without invitations
Individuals and organised groups who wish to participate in the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be able to enter the open sector for the public located in the BI section of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. The public may also follow the events live on the Internet.
We kindly ask you to leave your vehicles at the Brzezinka public car park at ul. Męczeństwa Narodów 14.
After the official part persons in the open sector will be able to approach the Monument and pay tribute to the victims.
Information for the media
Journalists accreditation for the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will take place between 14-21 January 2019. The details of the media coverage will be announced at a later date.
Information for those visiting the Memorial on 27 January 2019.
On 27 January 2019, the Auschwitz Memorial will be accessible to visitors with certain restrictions. Please adhere to instructions of the Museum Security, guides and employees of the Museum. The area of the Memorial to the Victims and the building so-called "Sauna" on the site of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp will be inaccessible to visitors on this day.
In view of possible changes, please keep track of information on the website of the Museum.