MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

On-line Exhibitions

Auschwitz, Memory, World

The exhitibion "Auschwitz, Memory, World" was prepared for the 65th anniversary of creation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It consists of 28 large photographs from the Museum Archives of personalities from the world of politics and religion who paid homage to the victims of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. 

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German Plans for Expanding Auschwitz

The first part of the exhibition focuses on plans from 1943 for developing the Auschwitz I camp and the entire infrastructure surrounding it. The second part of the exhibition highlights German plans for the city of Oświęcim. The documents presented at the exhibition come from the Archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Oświęcim branch of the State Archives in Katowice.

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Let Us Build a Memory

In more than 60 years of its existence, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has gathered—and provided protection for—thousands of camp relics, both historical items and art works. An essential part of this collection was gathered thanks to the generosity of numerous donors. A very special place among them belongs to the survivors—initiators and founders of the Auschwitz Memorial. They donated various historical items and documents as well as art works made both in the camp and after the war.

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Before they perished...

“Before They Perished” is devoted to Jews deported to the Auschwitz Camp from Zagłębie Dąbrowskie between May 1942 and August 1943. Their history can be told today thanks to almost 2,500 preserved family photographs, which, after liberation, were found in the area of the camp in one suitcase. Thanks to them, we are able to take a look at the pre-war life of Polish Jews from Będzin, Sosnowiec and the neighbouring towns. Almost all of them died in gas chambers in Auschwitz. The exhibition is presented in Google Cultural Institute.

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Tragic Love at Auschwitz

“Tragic Love at Auschwitz” is about the escape of two prisoners from the camp who fell in love: Mala Zimetbaum and Edek Galiński, a Jewish girl and a Pole whose love, as said by former prisoner René Raindorf, became the symbol of good triumphing over evil and the human winning over the bestial. The exhibition is presented at the Google Cultural Institute.

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The Evacuation and Liberation of Auschwitz

“The Evacuation and Liberation of Auschwitz” exhibition at Google Cultural Institute portrays the preparation to evacuate the camp and the obliteration of evidence of the SS crimes, the tragedies of the death marches, the liberation of the camp by the Red Army on 27 January 1945, medical aid for the victims and the work of the crimes investigatory commissions. The author of the exhibition is Dr. Jacek Lachendro from the Museum Research Centre.   

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Sonderkommando

The main theme of the exhibition at Google Cultural Institute, authored by the museum’s historian, Igor Bartosik, is the story of the Sonderkommando – a special working group, composed mainly of Jewish prisoners who the Germans forced to work in the gas chambers, open-air pits for burning corpses and crematoria. The exhibition tells, among other things, the history of the Sonderkommando, its underground activities, the revolt of 7 October 1944, and the eventual liquidation of the group.

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