A gift from Volkswagen to the Auschwitz Memorial
Auschwitz Museum received two cars as a gift from Volkswagen AG and the International Auschwitz Committee.
The cooperation between the Memorial Site and Volkswagen has been ongoing for more than two decades. The scope of cooperation includes among others arrival of youth groups to explore the history of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, and at the same time help in different works aimed at preserving the authenticity of the post-camp relics.
In his thank you message for the cars, the director of the Museum Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński stressed that Volkswagen’s commitment is not only a support in terms of transport during the transfer of visitors between the former Auschwitz and Birkenau camps. ‘It is also a real support in various works at the Memorial Site, through the arrival of numerous groups of volunteers from the Volkswagen schools. The previous year also saw a new and very promising cooperation in the realization of numerous educational projects, publications, conferences and seminars. Such a long and steadily growing partnership between large corporations and the world of culture and education are rare,’ he emphasized.
‘Our partnership with Volkswagen AG, built in the early nineties thanks to the support of the International Auschwitz Committee, is increasingly developing and contributes to the understanding of history among young people,’ said director Cywiński.
The Vice-president of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner said that the currently observed increase in the number of visitors, especially among young people brings delight to the former prisoners. - Among those young visitors they welcome with special thanks the young people from Volkswagen who come here to work and to help the Museum. Their work and their empathy to our memories is the biggest donation to the Museum which is now added with the two Volkswagen cars given to the museum for its future work,’ said Christoph Heubner.
‘For young people from Volkswagen and their Polish colleagues the work in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is an essential lifetime experience. We are happy to add to this experience the donation of the two cars. We are grateful for the cooperation with the International Auschwitz Committee and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum,’ said said Ines Doberanzke representative of the Volkswagen Group.
In recent years, the Museum has received from Volkswagen AG and the IAC among others two buses, which transports visitors free of charge between the former camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau located over 2 km from one another.