- The original sign ''Arbeit macht frei'' stolen in September 2009 from the former Auschwitz I camp, returned to the Museum.
- 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The ceremony was attended by former prisoners, the president and prime minister of Poland, the prime minister of Israel, government delegations from more than 40 countries, the president and members of the European Parliament and participants of a conference of ministers of education from over 30 countries.
- Cooperation agreement between the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Mauthausen Memorial. It covers the sharing of more than 300 thousand digital records related to documents held by the archives in the two memorial sites.
- The agreement concerning works on the total amendment of exhibition about the Holocaust in Block 27 at the Auschwitz I site.
- As the result of heavy rainfalls the areas of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum were in danger of flooding. After the flood alarm was announced the Museum was closed for visitors and protecting of collections and archives began, as well as protecting/preserving collections and archives was made.
- Works on the script of a new exhibition dedicated to the fate of Polish victims of the camp began. It will replace the exhibition opened 25 years before ''Struggle and Martyrdom of the Polish Nation, 1939-1945".
- The competition for the architectonic and urban design of the new visitor center of the Auschwitz Memorial.
- The director of the Museum, Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński co-edited and signed a petition against using the term ''Polish concentration camps'' in the U.S. media. The Document of Kosciuszko Foundation was signed by 164 thousand people, including many well-known figures from the world of politics, religion, culture and media.
- A richly illustrated folder ''Auschwitz-Birkenau. The History and the Present'' was made available at the Museum website free of charge in 18 languages, including Hebrew, Korean, Japanese and Arabic.
- The International Center For Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust began a trial of the e-learning platform.
- A three-year preservation project for conservation of archives from the SS-Hygiene Institute collection ended. About 40 thousands of documents were secured.
- 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The ceremony was attended by former prisoners, as well as presidents of Poland and Germany.
- A new plan for the security of the Memorial was prepared.
- Delegation of almost 200 personalities and government officials from 40 countries visited the Auschwitz Memorial. They came mostly from Arab and Muslim countries. The visit was part of the Aladdin Project.
- The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum published ‘The Auschwitz Poems: An Anthology in English’. This is a large volume of 400 poems by 250 poets from around the world.
- Preservation of the original inscription ''Arbeit mach frei'' ended after the theft in December 2009.
- Support for the Perpetual Capital of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation announced by Poland (10 million euro), France (5 million euro) United Kingdom (£ 2,15 million) and Israel (3.6 million shekels).
- The first International Summer Academy – a seminar for English-speaking participants.
- Members of the International Council of Christians and Jews visited the Auschwitz Memorial for the first time in the history of the organization.
- Over 2 thousand of people took part in the 70th anniversary of death of Maximilian Kolbe.
- Specialists from museums in Israel, Germany, Poland and the USA discussed about the art created in ghettos and camps. The conference was accompanied by an exhibition titled ''Forbidden Art''.
- The Museum website has changed the address to: www.auschwitz.org
- The European Commission has assigned €4 million to support the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
- 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The only preserved door to a gas chamber from one of the crematoriums was presented. A tribute was paid to Kazimierz Smoleń, an Auschwitz survivor and the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum between 1955-1990 who passed away on that day.
- Books “The Sketchbook from Auschwitz” and “Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Place Where You Are Standing...” were published.
- Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski received the Light of Remembrance for outstanding contribution to education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
- Museum historians completed research started in the mid-60s twentieth century devoted to the Auschwitz sub-camps.
- The Memorial Site was visited by Slovak Prime Minister, Iveta Radičová, Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, the Prince of Monaco Albert II and President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.
- The Archive acquired 53 original camp secret messages. Nine of them are materials previously unknown to historians of the Museum.
- The Global Preservation Plan was officially launched. It is the long-term programme of preservation work funded by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s Perpetual Capital.
- 70th anniversary of the penal company revolt. The ceremony was attended by the only surviving participant of those events August Kowalczyk.
- Football players from national teams of: England, Holland, Germany and Italy visited the Memorial.
- The "Auschwitz — Concentration and Extermination Camp" online lesson was published on the website of the Museum.
- 65th anniversary of the creation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk presented the nominations to the members of the International Auschwitz Council.
- Three-year project of conserving five wooden barracks in Auschwitz II-Birkenau ended.
- 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. New Russian exhibition “Tragedy. Valour. Liberation” was officially opened.
- New publications: "Private Life of the SS in Auschwitz," the first edition of the English language ''Auschwitz Studies'' and ''Auschwitz from A to Z. An illustrated History''.
- The Memorial was visited by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, the President of Greece Karolos Papoulias, the President of Finland Sauli Niinisto, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of Nauru Baron Waqa.
- Nearly 300 participants took part in the literary contest organised by the Museum and Human Rights Defender.
- New national exhibition entitled “Shoah” was opened. The ceremony was attended by, among others, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski.
- The director of the Yad Vashem Institute was honoured with the 'Light of Remembrance', the Museum award granted for outstanding contribution to education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
- Thee-year precervation project of historic blocks 2 and 3 of the former Auschwitz I camp was completed.
- A comprehensive modernization of store rooms for suitcases from transport to Auschwitz was completed.
- After more than two decades of being loaned to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington the fragment of historical barracks from Birkenau returned to the Auschwitz Memorial.
- 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a large delegation from the Israeli Knesset
- Auschwitz Memorial was visited by: President of the Swiss Conferedation Didier Burkhalter, Vicepresident of the RSA Kgalema Motlanthe, Governor General of Canada David Lloyd Johnston and UK Prime Minister David Cameron
- the page facebook.com/auschwitzmemorial, as the first page of its kind in the world, went over 1000,000 users. The page was used to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the deportations of Jews from Hungary.
- findings based on the analysis of scores of archival documents on preparations for the mass murder of Jews in Auschwitz were published in a book: "The Beginnings of the Extermination of Jews in KL Auschwit in the Light of Source Materials".
- Volkswagen, in cooperation with the International AUschwitz Committee, donated a bus to the Museum
- special events commemorated the 70th anniversaries: deportations of Jews from Hungary, liquidation of so-called Zigeunerfamilienlager, transport from liquidated Litzmanstadt ghetto, deportation of civilian population from the Warsaw during the 1944 Uprising as well as the Sonderkommando revolt.
- blocks 2 and 3 of the former Auschwitz I camp were made accessible for visitors after conservation
- the President of the Constitutional Tribunal, Vice President of the Supreme Administrative Court, Procurator General and Ombudsman took pat in a debate on "The ROle of the Judiciary in Counteracting Hate and Discrimination
- Virtual Tour of the Memorial was published on panorama.auschwitz.org
- Serge Klarsfeld donated a self-portrait by David Olère, former Auschwitz prisoner and Sonderkommando member
- 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with participation of ca. 300 Survivors and over 50 leaders of states and international organizations
- new version of the website of the Memorial and Museum www.auschwitz.org was published
- for the first time a catalog of the Memorial Collections Auschwitz Legacies was published
- The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland signed the relevant letter of intent regarding the financing of the new main exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial
- ombudsman of more than 30 European countries and regions visited the Auschwitz Memorial
- in the historic setting of the former camp thanks to QR codes accounts by former Auschwitz prisoners were made accessible
- events were held in Tarnów and Oświęcim to mark the 75th anniversary of the first transport of Polish political prisoners to German Auschwitz camp
- the main stage of a project for the comprehensive conservation of two brick prisoner barracks began on the grounds of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. The work is financed by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
- former Auschwitz prisoner Walter Spitzer donated five of his postwar drawings to the Collections of the Memorial
- an international conference titled "The Memory has not yet ripened in us..." was held
- a comprehensive, two-year-long renovation of the historic building which holds original archival holdings came to an end
- more than 80 Auschwitz survivors met at the site of the former Birkenau camp to commemorate the 71nd anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenaunew version of the website of the Memorial and Museum www.auschwitz.org was published
- former Auschwitz prisoner Batsheva Dagan donated to the Auschwitz Museum Collections a unique personal item – a pair of tiny shoes made in the camp by her fellow inmate
- special application “Remember” was developed to help avoid the use of the term “Polish concentration camps” or “Polish death camps” in 16 languages
- the new Council of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was appointed
- after more than 70 years gold ring found under a double bottom in the mug from the Collections of the Museum more than 16 thousand personal items belonging to the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, originating from archaeological works carried out in the area of gas chamber and crematorium III in 1967, returned to the Memorial after many months of searching
- events were held in Tarnów and Oświęcim to mark the 76th anniversary of the first transport of Polish political prisoners to German Auschwitz camp
- over 155 thousand participants of the World Youth Day visited the premises of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz
- Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Piotr Gliński has signed an agreement to finance the headquarter of the ICEAH
- The Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel visited the Auschwitz Memorial
- “I do not feel guilty at all…” – new publication of the Museum including the testimonies of KL Auschwitz SS garrison former Auschwitz prisoner Batsheva Dagan donated to the Auschwitz Museum Collections a unique personal item – a pair of tiny shoes made in the camp by her fellow inmate
- Over 60 former Auschwitz prisoners gathered in order to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of liberation. “Time” constituted the theme of commemorative events
- “Archaeology” – original personal items belonging to Auschwitz victims, found in 1967 during archaeological works were for the first time presented to the public during exhibitions at the Auschwitz Memorial as well as in the UNESCO seat in Paris
- Museum Director appealed to German and Austrian public opinion for forwarding documents, photographs, private letters or any other materials connected with the SS garrison of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz
- The exhibition „Forbidden Art” was inaugurated at the United States Military Academy at West Point
- Over 155 thousand participants of World Youth Days visited the premises of former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz
- Personal details of the SS men forming the garrison of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz available in the database at truthaboutcamps.eu/zalogass prepared by The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in cooperation with the Auschwitz Museum
- A vast collection of documents connected with the Auschwitz camp and the history of the Second World War was transferred to Auschwitz, prepared by Władysław, Holocaust survivor. The entire collection consists of 1893 documents and 29 photographs
- In Izieu, during the conference devoted to the 30th anniversary of the trial of Klaus Barbie, Head of Gestapo in Lyon, Director Piotr M. A. Cywiński awarded Serge Klarsfeld with the highest award of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial – “The Light of Remembrance”
- 26th March of the Living and joint declaration of memory by the ministers of education
- Expert Meeting in Berlin devoted to the standards of the functioning of memorial sites. Its result is the so called Wannsee Memorandum, recognizing particular role of the Auschwitz Museum as a representative place of commemoration for similar post-camp memorial sites, but also presents some important challenges to other places of a similar character
- The history of deportation of the first transport of Poles to German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is told by the new online exhibition at Google Cultural Institute
- Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was awarded with the Gold Medal of Honour for the Merits for Lesser Poland Voivodeship
- Online lesson “Auschwitz Museum in the early years of its activity”, selection of the most interesting memoir books by former camp prisoners as well as a documentary “Remembrance – Awareness – Responsibility” prepared in cooperation with Telewizja Polska S.A. are the projects prepared in connection with the 70th anniversary of establishment of the Museum
- Judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague visited the Memorial Site
- Zhang Dejiang, head of Chinese parliament, visited the Auschwitz Museum
- “Awareness – Responsibility – Future” – international educational conference
- “Face to Face. Art in Auschwitz” – exhibition at the Szołayski House, department of National Museum in Kraków. The first so extensive presentation of original works performed in the camp by Auschwitz prisoners
- “Little white house. The history of extermination in bunker II” publication by Igor Bartosik and Łukasz Martyniak from the Museum Research Centre.
- On January 27, on the 73rd anniversary of liberation, more than 60 former prisoners met at the Memorial Site. The event was held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
“What happened to us?” - the article by the director of the Memorial Site on the 73rd anniversary of liberation appeared in the European press. It was published in the traditional and/or on-line edition, in: “Le Soir” (Belgium), “Hospodárské noviny” (Czech Republic), “Le Monde” (France), “El Pais” (Spain), “Haaretz” (Israel), “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Germany), “Gazeta Wyborcza” (Poland), “Kommersant” (Russia), “SME” (Slovakia), “La Liberté” (Switzerland), “Népszava” (Hungary), “La Repubblica” (Italy).
“I am in the very heart of hell. Notes of a Sonderkommando prisoner, discovered in Auschwitz” is a shocking testimony to the Holocaust. The text created in the camp, manuscripts of Załmen Gradowski was published in Polish, English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
On February 9, the President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Spain, Pío García-Escudero Márquez and the Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, Stanisław Karczewski, visited the Memorial.
“Through a common history towards the future” - a project addressed to students of Polish secondary schools as part of the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary The anniversaries of Operation Reinhardt and the Extermination of Polish Jews. The one-day visit includes the Jewish Centre in Oswiecim and the Auschwitz Museum.
“Medical Review - Auschwitz: medicine behind barbed wire” - an international scientific conference devoted to pseudo-medical experiments that prisoners of concentration camps were subjected to, and the health consequences of imprisonment.
In connection with the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the first Roma transports to Auschwitz, the ICEAH inaugurated a new educational project called “Romana śperenca - memory and the contemporaneity of European Roma”.
The International Centre for Education has prepared a special “preparatory lesson for visits to the Auschwitz Memorial” dedicated to schoolchildren and teachers planning a visit to the Memorial.
A unique personal memento related to the fates of Maria Podstawna (née Romik) and her mother Stefania was donated to the Auschwitz Museum Collections by Maria who was born at the German Nazi Auschwitz camp on 22 July 1943. It is a child’s dress made by the mother for her one-year-old daughter in 1944, just after their release from the camp.
50 pupils from Małopolska (Lesser Poland) took part in the finals of the V edition of the contest "On the trail of the indomitable. Witold Pilecki and August Emil Fieldorf ‘Nil’.
On March 20, representative of the Le Camp des Milles Memorial and the region of Bouches du Rhône in France signed a tripartite agreement of cooperation with the Auschwitz Museum. The agreement concerns historical research, exchange of archival materials and joint exhibition projects.
Gold Medal New York Film Festivals and TV Awards in the “Docudrama category for the film "Escape through wires - underground shelter”. The film director is the 2005 Oscar nominee Andrzej Celiński, producer Bartosz Klinik, and the narrator - the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Piotr M.A. Cywiński, PhD.
27th March of the Living More than 12 thousand people went through the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The March was led by the Presidents of Poland and Israel - Andrzej Duda and Reuven Rivlin.
“Order and the Holocaust” - an exhibition devoted to the role of the police in Nazi Germany, presented at the Auschwitz Memorial.
“Family Remembrance” was the subject of a panel discussion, which took place in connection with the 75th anniversary of Witold Pilecki's escape. The debate was devoted to the significance of Remembrance for the victims of the camp in Polish families.
The Italian version of the album “Auschwitz after liberation” was presented at the Book Fair in Turin.
The exhibition “Face to Face. Art in Auschwitz” - the joint project of the National Museum in Cracow and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum prepared on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Museum - received the Sybille 2017 in the category historical and archaeological exhibitions.
“Polish Citizens in KL Auschwitz” is an educational project that aims to disseminate among young Poles reliable knowledge about the history and fate of citizens of the Second Polish Republic imprisoned and murdered in the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.
14 June - National Remembrance Day for Victims of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps. On this day a new exhibition was opened devoted to the resistance movement in KL Auschwitz. It is located in two originally preserved rooms on the ground floor of block 11.
Young people from the Lower Silesia Special School and Education Centre No. 12 for the Deaf and hearing impaired in Wrocław visited the Memorial participated in an internship project at the Memorial.
The culminating point of the 10th anniversary. The International Conference on Holocaust Education provided an avenue for discussion between Avner Shalev, chairperson of the Yad Vashem Directorate and Piotr M. A. Cywiński PhD, director of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum regarding the future of education about the Holocaust.
More than 250 pupils from the Wodzisław county participated in the “School against hatred” project, exploring the history of Auschwitz and taking part in workshops meant to help prepare young people to cope with the problem of hate speech at school.
Joint seminar for educators of the March of the Living and the Polin and Auschwitz-Birkenau Museums.
After nearly 75 years and a year of negotiations, Poland has recovered the so-called Eiss Archive, one of the largest collections documenting the rescue operations of Polish diplomacy for Jews under the threat of the Holocaust, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Bern, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum informed in a joint communique.
“This responsibility will never end” - the German Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote in the visitors’ book during his visit to the Auschwitz Memorial.
“David Olère. The one who survived Crematorium III” - is the title of a unique monographic exhibition of the work of the former Sonderkommando prisoner.
The results of the three-year project “The Future of Auschwitz and the Holocaust Education in Authentic Memorial Sites” implemented by the Auschwitz Museum and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam were summarised during an international conference.
“75 years after Operation Reinhardt - contemporary memory of the extermination of Polish Jews” is the title of an educational portfolio presented during a methodological conference for teachers.
More than 50 experts from 28 institutions and 15 countries dealing with databases of World War II victims discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the creation of digital tools to intensify research and scientific analysis on the victims of World War II genocides.
The Baton of Franciszek Nierychło, the first bandmaster of the Auschwitz camp orchestra, enriches the Collections of the Memorial.
Remote access to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) will allow us to supplement the data of Auschwitz prisoners. A two-year research project during which a preliminary search will be conducted on collections of documents from various concentration camps, including Buchenwald and Mauthausen, stored in archives in Germany.
In 2018, 2 million 152 thousand people from all over the world visited the sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, under the stewardship of the Museum. It is about 50 thousand more than in the record-breaking year - 2017.
The Director of the Museu, Piotr M. A. Cywiński, PhD, was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour - the highest distinction awarded by the French state.
European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans visited the Memorial.
Documents from the Eiss Archive obtained by the Museum were displayed at the UN Office in Geneva.
On the 74th anniversary of the liberation, over 50 former Auschwitz prisoners met at the grounds of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
A unique drawing created in the summer of 1943 enriched the Museum's collection. It depicts Witold Pilecki and Tomasz Serafiński - the man whose identity Pilecki assumed as an Auschwitz prisoner. It was presented to the Museum by Tomasz Serafiński's daughter, Maria.
The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence and their spouses visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum on February 15.
The Eiss Archive, a testimony to the rescue of Jews by Polish diplomats during the Holocaust was ceremonially presented at the Belvedere.
Sara Bloomfield, director of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, was honoured with the "Light of Remembrance" - the highest award of the Auschwitz Memorial Site.
The beginnings of Auschwitz in the light of source materials, a new Polish-English publication, tells - through the analysis of almost 100 archival documents, most of which have not yet been published - about the origins of Auschwitz and the early stages of its operation.
A call for tender was announced for the main contractor for the project "Increasing access to cultural resources through the expansion of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum tour route to include the post-camp space of the Schlachthaus and Molkerei buildings, as well as the reconstruction of the cinema hall", scheduled to be completed in 2022.
An exhibition was opened at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, entitled “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away”. prepared by the Auschwitz Museum in cooperation with the Spanish company, Musealia. It is the first presentation of this exhibition in the United States.
The 28th March of the Living was held on the grounds of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz on 2 May 2019.
The Collection of the Memorial was enriched with an abundant collection of drawings by a former prisoner of the camp, Jerzy Zieleziński.
14 June, on the anniversary of the first transport of Polish political prisoners to Auschwitz, the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of German Nazi Concentration and Death Camps was celebrated
The four-year conservation of the first brick prisoner barrack in Birkenau, which is part of the Master Plan for Preservation (MPP), a multi-year conservation programme, was completed. The MPP is funded by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
1 July, the opening of the exhibition "Through the Lens of Faith - Przez pryzmat wiary" prepared by Amud Aish Memorial Museum in New York.
An international conference was held at the Auschwitz Memorial, entitled “Auschwitz - Never again! – Really?”
The space above the Memorial was declared a no-fly zone. www.auschwitz.org/epp20
The Director of the Museum, Piotr M. A. Cywiński, PhD, was honoured with a Special Award - the Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma
Donors: Ronald S. Lauder and Joel Citron - donated $5.5 million on behalf of himself and his wife Ulrika for the development of the Visitor Service Centre
Over a dozen original objects and copies of documents from the Collections of the Auschwitz Memorial were displayed at the exhibition "The Volunteer. Witold Pilecki and his mission in Auschwitz" organised in Berlin by the Pilecki Institute.
The exhibition "German Nazi Death Camp Konzentrationslager Auschwitz" was opened on 1 October in Guernica, Spain, in the historical interior of the anti-aircraft shelter.
The project for the conversion of the historical building so-called Old Theatre into the new seat of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was officially completed.
A group of over 200 students and scouts from Łódź participated in an educational project commemorating the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from the Litzmannstadt Ghetto.
The collection of the Auschwitz Memorial was enriched with a unique collection of 19 post-war paintings created by Edith Hofmann, a former prisoner of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The exhibition "Forbidden Art" was officially opened at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia on 11 November.
Over a million people from all over the world follow the profiles of the Auschwitz Memorial Site in social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited the Auschwitz Memorial on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
The Digital Repository of the Memorial has already developed over 1,200,000 entries from post-camp documentation.
In 2019, 2 million 320 thousand people from all over the world visited the sites of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, under the protection of the Museum. It is about 170,000 more than in the record-breaking year - 2018.