Bus donated to the Museum
The Volkswagen AG company together with the International Auschwitz Committee donated a bus to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It will become a free-of-charge shuttle bus for transporting visitors between the two parts of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, which are located over 2 kilometres apart from each other.
Andrzej Kacorzyk, Deputy Director of the Museum and International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, said when giving his thanks for the gift that it would immensely facilitate working with the huge number of people visiting the Memorial Site. "In 2013, we were visited by over 1.33 million people from all over the world, mostly young people. Almost all visitors saw both parts of the camp: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Many of them were able to move between those two locations free of charge thanks to Museum buses," he emphasised.
Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, emphasised that seeing both parts of the camp is essential for understanding what happened in Auschwitz. "Many of the survivors ask us how many people visit Birkenau as well. I think that the bus will help the Museum in its outstanding work with the visitors," he said.
Gunnar Kilian, Secretary-General and CEO of Volkswagen AG plant said that the donated bus, which will help show many visitors what happened in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, is also a symbolic gesture of gratitude for the co-operation with the Museum. "It is a very close co-operation. For many years now, young people from Volkswagen schools have been offered an opportunity to work together with the staff of the Memorial Site. Thanks to those internships, they are able to help preserve this place for future generations" he observed.