We repudiate racism, fanaticism and extremism. The Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel at the Memorial.
“At this place of crimes committed by Nazi Germans, we declare our commitment to the sanctity of human life. We repudiate racism, fanaticism and extremism, especially when the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of religion”– we read in the declaration of the members of The Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel signed after a visit to the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. November 2, 30 religious leaders from Israel visited the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.
Representatives of the donor countries supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation's Perpetual Fund met on October 28 in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Warsaw for the 6th session of the International Committee of the Foundation. The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, minister Beata Kempa, as well as members of the Management Board and employees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation also attended the meeting.
The visit of Pope Francis and the huge turnout during the World Youth Day, the commencement of work on the new headquarters of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, issues of commemoration on the sites of the former concentration camps and extermination centers in Kulmhof, Treblinka, Sobibor, and Plaszów, as well as education about the Holocaust in the Polish school system, were some of the topics discussed during the 31st session of the International Auschwitz Council, which was held in the Chancellery of the Prime Ministers in Warsaw on 26 and 27 October, chaired by Prof. Barbara Engelking. Also in attendance was the deputy minister of culture and national heritage, Jarosław Sellin and the deputy minister of national education, Maciej Kopeć.
'Art at Auschwitz concentration camp' – is a new online lesson prepared by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. It is dedicated to a unique document which shows the reality of functioning of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz as well as the fate if its victims – works of art made by the prisoners. The author of the lesson is Agnieszka Sieradzka, an art historian who works at the Collections of the Memorial.
On September 27, members of the Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. The Council controls and gives opinions on the entire work of the Foundation. The council is made up of persons acting to preserve the memory of the German Nazi crimes, historians and experts in finance or conservation, among others. Some of them are simultaneously members of the International Auschwitz Council.