Preparations for the 70th anniversary of the liberation


The upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz was the subject of a press conference held at the Memorial. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Auschwitz Council are the organisers of the commemoration event.

“27th of January 2015 will be a truly exceptional day. On this day we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz. Remembrance of the whole world will focus on the tragedy of the Shoah and the entire cruel system of ghettos and concentration camps – said Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. “the very last living Survivors will be there among us. It is they who will be our most important guests. For many of them this round seventieth anniversary will be a day of crowning their personal victory over doubt and oblivion. This day we want to spend together with them” said Cywiński.

“On this special day we want to show the Survivors and the whole world that we, the post-war generation, have matured to our own responsibility for remembrance” added Marek Zając, Secretary of the International Auschwitz Council. “We are ready to pass on remembrance legacy of the Holocaust of European Jews as well as of the fate of Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war, and many other groups of victims in Auschwitz.

The main commemoration of the 70th anniversary will take place in front of the Death Gate of KL Auschwitz II-Birkenau. On that day – which ten years ago became an International Holocaust Remembrance Day – a great number of countries will organize various significant events: conferences, exhibitions, commemorations or meetings. Thanks to direct streaming via Internet they will have the possibility to also be the participants, symbolically, of the main ceremony at the Memorial Site.

Additionally, using the website dedicated to the anniversary of the liberation, the enormity of this world remembrance map will be presented. At there will be noted every event prepared for 27th of January which serves to celebrate the Victims, to meet with the Survivors and to build the responsibility for our common remembrance.

“That is why I want to invite each of you to co-create this extraordinary day ¬– appealed dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński. On this day, let the memory triumph everywhere – at memorial sites and museums, at schools and universities, in public space, in centres for culture, in synagogues and churches” emphasised Cywiński.