The 73rd anniversary the liberation of Auschwitz - announcement


The event commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz will take place on 27 January 2018, on the premises of the Auschwitz Memorial. The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda has assumed honorary patronage of the event.

In 2018, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of four huge gas chambers and crematoria at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. Consequently, the visual symbol of the anniversary will be a painting by a former Sonderkommando prisoner, David Olère who presented in his post-war paintings and drawings the tragedy of people murdered in the gas chambers. 
Until the liberation of the camp by soldiers of the Red Army, German Nazis murdered approx. 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, mostly Jews, but also Poles, the Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities. Auschwitz is for the world today, a symbol of the Holocaust and atrocities of World War II. In 2005, the United Nations adopted 27 January as the International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day.
15:00 – Press Conference: presentation of Auschwitz Survivors testimonies at (Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies)
16:30 – opening of the temporary exhibition “Letters... Collections of Władysław Rath” - Block 12 of the former Auschwitz I camp (invited guests)
18.30 – main commemoration event in the building so-called  “Sauna” on the premises of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp
20.00 – commemoration ceremony – prayer and paying tribute at the Monument to the Victims on the premises of former Auschwitz II-Birkenau
tel. + 48 33 844 8006 

Honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in the year of the 100th anniversary of the regaining of independence 1918-2018.


Information for invited guests

Individual commute or access to the venue of the celebrations will not be possible. 

Invited persons will be transported to the venue from the car park located at ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 55 in Oświęcim, where they can leave their cars. The Museum buses will run from 17.15 to 17.45. After the event, all guests are kindly requested to proceed from the Memorial to the victims towards the Gate of Death of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau. From there, the buses will take all participants to the car park at ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 55.
NOTE! After 17.45, transport to the site of the celebrations will not be possible.
This year, January 27 falls on the Shabbat, which on this day ends at 17:30 in Oświęcim. Invited guests who due to the Shabbat are unable to use the Museum bus service at 17:45 are kindly requested to contact the museum:
Information for persons without invitations 
Individuals and organised groups who wish to participate in the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be able to enter the open sector for the public located in the BI section of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. The public may also follow the events live on the Internet.
We kindly ask you to leave your vehicles at the Brzezinka public car park at ul. Męczeństwa Narodów 14.
After the official part persons in the open sectotr will be able to approach the Monument and pay tribute to the victims.
Journalists accreditation for the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will last until 10:00 am on January 18. Details on media coverage shall be provided at a later date. 
Information for those visiting the Memorial on 27 January 2018.
On 27 January 2018, the Auschwitz Memorial will be accessible to visitors with certain restrictions. Please adhere to instructions of the Museum Security, guides and employees of the Museum. The area of the Memorial to the Victims and the building so-called "Sauna" on the site of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp will be inaccessible to visitors on this day.
In view of possible changes, please keep track of information on the website of the Museum.