MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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Historic doors in a special display case

05-03-2012
In 2012 we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mass extermination of the Jews in the gas chambers of Birkenau. On the occasion of this years’ anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz, a unique relic was presented – the only surviving gas chamber door from crematorium no. V, which was blown up by the SS during the final evacuation of the camp.

We were people like all other people

22-02-2012
“We were people like all other people on earth. We had family friends, homes...” – This is the title of a new temporary exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial. At the exhibition, you can see many items belonging to people, the vast majority of whom were Jews, deported by Germans to Auschwitz.

67th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

31-01-2012
The 27th of January 2012 was the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. This year, the 70th anniversary of commencement of the mass extermination of Jews in the Birkenau gas chambers was also commemorated. During the ceremony, a unique relic was presented: the only preserved door to a gas chamber, deriving from one of the crematoriums, blown up by SS members at the end of the final evacuation of the camp.

Forbidden Art

31-10-2011
Forbidden Art is the title of a new exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial, featuring twenty works of art made illegally and under the threat of death by prisoners in German Nazi concentration camps. Each of the photographs shown in the exhibition is accompanied by a historical commentary and excerpts from archival accounts.

Big monograph on Auschwitz in French

25-10-2011
The five-volume monograph Auschwitz 1940-1945: Central Issues in the History of the Camp has come out in French. At 2,167 pages, the new edition has been updated to reflect the latest historical findings.

Brundibar in France

30-05-2011
Young students from the Karol Szymanowski First Degree State Music School in Oswiecim have performed two concerts in France. Before a French audience in Beaugency and Paris they played Brundibar, an opera for children by Hans Krasa, a Czech composer of Jewish origins, with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister. The opera, composed just before the war, was played during the Holocaust period in the Theresienstadt ghetto. The majority of the young performers were later murdered by the German Nazis at Auschwitz.
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