Cooperation between the Auschwitz Museum, Le Camp des Milles and the region of Bouches du Rhône
On march 20, 2018, representatives of Le Camp des Milles Memorial and the region of Bouches du Rhône in France signed a tripartite agreement of cooperation with the Auschwitz Museum. The agreement concerns historical research, exchange of archival materials and mutual exhibition projects.
The guests from France visited the sites of the former Nazi Germany concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, and also participated in a short conference during which the contract was officially signed. The director of the Museum Piotr M. A. Cywiński, PhD emphasized the special ties between the Memorial in Milles and the Auschwitz Museum.
- The history of deportations from occupied France is presented in the Auschwitz Museum exhibition in block 20, opened in January 2005. It is, however, extremely important to tell about the history of Auschwitz at the place, from where the victims were deported to the German extermination camp - Le Camp des Milles. Thanks to the initiated cooperation we will be able to acquaint visitors to the Memorial in France, through an exhibition in a symbolical carriage situated near the old factory building, where the deportees were imprisoned - said Piotr Cywiński.
The director of the Memorial in Milles, Cyprien Fonvielle underlined that the possibility of cooperating in the scope of research, exchange of archival materials and sharing of recently discovered documents related to the last stage of the Milles camp existence, is of extreme importance to him. - Thanks to the new exhibition visitors to the sites of the former camp in Milles can learn about the fate of nearly 2,000 persons deported to Auschwitz. It is also an opportunity to sensitize young people in particular, to the phenomenon of difficult migration from war-stricken countries, which is still present in today’s world - said Fonvielle.
Under the cooperation, the council of the Bouches du Rhône region will provide among others, financial support for educational activities in Le Camp des Milles. Last year, about 11,000 French students visited the Memorial.