MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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International Auschwitz Council Session

30-06-2009
The International Auschwitz Council met in Oświęcim on June 15-16, 2009. The Council is a body that advises the Prime Minister of the Polish Republic on the protection and use of not only the site of the Nazi Auschwitz Birkenau camp, but other Holocaust Memorials as well.

Museum Board in Session

30-05-2009
There has been a meeting of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Board. It approved the work of the Museum in 2008 and presented the plan for the following year. Financial and budgetary issues dominated the meeting. The Council decided to petition the Ministry of Culture for an increase in the appropriation for the Museum.

Education for Correctional Institutions

30-05-2009
The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust carried out a series of seminars for inmates and staff from penal institutions within the Cracow Inspectorate of the Prison Service.

Auschwitz—My Land

30-05-2009
For the fourth time, a project on „Auschwitz—My Land: History and Memory 60 Years Later“ has been held. Prizes and Honorable Mention awards for entrants in the essay and photography contest, and for teacher advisers, were handed out at the International Youth Meeting House. There was also a showing of the entries.

Important Visits

04-05-2009
Two foreign politicians visited the Auschwitz Memorial in late April. The President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, toured the site on April 26. Two days later, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife visited the site.

Message in a bottle

04-05-2009
Rector Professor Lucjan Suchanek of the State Higher Vocational School (PWSZ) in Oświęcim presented Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński with the letter, written by Auschwitz prisoners, that was recently discovered during the renovation of one of the buildings at the school. Former prisoner Wacław Sobczak, whose name appears in the letter, and who was one of the prisoners who bricked up the bottle in an aircraft shelter they were building on September 20, 1944. The letter contained the names and numbers of seven prisoners working in this labor detail.
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