Let us give young people a chance to learn. Auschwitz Memorial Report 2015
Polish-English report summarizing the year 2015 in the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has been published. In his introduction, Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński emphasized the importance of the history of Auschwitz as a warning for future generations.
“Seventy years after the war, our contemporary world is increasingly troubling. We can all see and feel the rise in populism, xenophobia, nationalism, anti-Semitism, terrorism, and wars. The whole time we know well—all too well—what the blinding power of hatred leads to”, Dr. Cywiński’s introduction says.
He added that it is especially important that the younger generations, in particular, heed the insistent message of Auschwitz, of the tragedy of the Shoah and the concentration camps. “These are the generations that will soon be making their own adult, life-changing decisions. They must know how to stand up to hate before it spirals again into a new hurricane of devastation among our societies”, wrote Director Cywiński.
72 pages of this Polish-English publication contain the information about the most important events held last year in the Museum. Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz on January 27th 2015 occupies here a special place, with nearly 300 Auschwitz Survivors as guests of honor. The leaders of over 50 countries and international organizations listened then to the Voice of Witnesses.
The report presents also among others the analysis of attendance at the Memorial. In 2015 over 1,72 million people visited the historical site and almost 80 percent of them were guided by nearly 300 educators in almost 20 languages. A lot of attention has also been paid to educational programs and to the activity of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
“The former Nazi German concentration camp and extermination center of Auschwitz-Birkenau is today a space for remembrance and education through the experience of authenticity. We should give young people a chance to learn, understand, and choose wisely”, wrote Piotr Cywiński.
Other subjects mentioned in the report include: preservation works carried out at the Memorial Site as well as the actions of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, whose task is to ensure co-financing for such work, new publications, directions of research work, new exhibitions and exhibitions in the course of preparation as well as new items in the Museum Archives and Collections. An important element of the report is also the financial statement and the list of donors who supported the Museum. The texts are accompanied by photographs presenting the most important events in the Memorial, as well as reproductions of artefacts and archival documents.
The report is published four days before the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.