Visit of the judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague
On 24 June 2017, Judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague visited the Auschwitz Museum and Memorial. The guests were greeted by the director of the Museum, Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, while the head of the Museum’s Research Centre, Dr Piotr Setkiewicz gave the judges an insight to the history of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
The guests visited a part of the Museum’s exhibition. They saw among others, block 4 dedicated to the Jewish Holocaust in Auschwitz, block 5 where some of the objects looted from the victims are stored, as well as the crematorium and gas chamber of the former Auschwitz I camp. The judges laid a wreath at the Execution Wall in the courtyard of block 11, paying tribute to the victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In the second part of the visit, the ICC delegation visited the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp, including the railway ramp where the Germans conducted the selection of deportees to the Jewish camp, as well as the ruins of the gas chamber and crematorium II.
In the building, so-called main camp sauna where the private pre-war photographs of Jews murdered in Auschwitz are displayed, the President of the Criminal Court signed up in the Museum’s memorial book. “The crimes committed in this place continues to appeal to us. Justice after such crimes should remain a mutual goal and effort of mankind. The judges of the International Criminal Court are devoted to this task” - wrote Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi.
The International Criminal Court is the first ever permanent international court established on 1 July 2002 to prosecute individuals accused of committing the most serious international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The seat of the International Criminal Court is in The Hague.