New exhibitions of the Auschwitz Museum on the Google Cultural Institute platform
“The Evacuation and Liberation of Auschwitz" and "Sonderkommando" are two new digital exhibitions of the Auschwitz Museum on the Google Cultural Institute platform prepared in connection with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. They are available in two language versions, in Polish and English.
"Today, with education on anti-Semitism, hatred, lack of respect for others, we need to reach out to people in the remote distance", stressed Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, director of the Museum. "We need to delve into areas where there is still too little debate on the tragic consequences of organized contempt. The Internet to a large extent is increasingly becoming a complementary space for personal visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site", he added.
Amit Sood, Head of the Google Cultural Institute said: "This collection is an effort to further solidify an important piece of history that has often been shared through oral tradition and the stories of survivors. We are proud to support these institutions in their efforts to preserve this content and maintain the Holocaust in our collective consciousness."
“The Evacuation and Liberation of Auschwitz” portrays the preparation to evacuate the camp and the obliteration of evidence of the SS crimes, the tragedies of the death marches, the liberation of the camp by the Red Army on 27 January 1945, medical aid for the victims and the work of the crimes investigatory commissions. The author of the exhibition is Dr. Jacek Lachendro from the Museum Research Centre.
The main theme of the second exhibition, authored by the museum’s historian, Igor Bartosik, is the story of the Sonderkommando – a special working group, composed mainly of Jewish prisoners who the Germans forced to work in the gas chambers, open-air pits for burning corpses and crematoria. The exhibition tells, among other things, the history of the Sonderkommando, its underground activities, the revolt of 7 October 1944, and the eventual liquidation of the group.
The main commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be held on 27 January 2015 in a tent set up in front of the main gate of the Birkenau camp. The event will be broadcast live on the Internet at 70.auschwitz.org and the YouTube channel of the Auschwitz Memorial.
Auschwitz Museum on the Google Cultural Institute
New topics were created by the Auschwitz Museum for the 70th anniversary of the liberation to supplement existing exhibitions on Google Cultural Institute. “The Tragic Story of Love in Auschwitz” is a story of two love-struck prisoners’ escape from the camp: Mala Zimetbaum and Edek Galinski, a Jewish woman and Polish man, whose love was described by former prisoner René Raindorf said, became a symbol of the victory of good over evil, of humanity over cruelty.
The second exhibition, "Before They Departed," is dedicated to Jews deported to Auschwitz from Zagłębie Dąbrowskie between May 1942 and August 1943. Their story can be told today thanks to nearly 2,500 preserved family photographs that were found in a suitcase after the camp was liberated. Thanks to these pictures, we have a window into the life of the Polish Jews from Będzin, Sosnowiec and neighbouring towns. Virtually all were killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz.
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