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MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

2020-2021

2020

  • "Jews from the Lodz Ghetto in KL Auschwitz" is a new online lesson available on www.auschwitz.org in Polish, English and Hebrew
  • The director of the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum, Piotr M. A. Cywiński, PhD, has been awarded the papal decoration "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice
  • A unique historical object has enriched the Collections of the Auschwitz Museum. It is a photo album framed in a cover made of human skin. Research by Museum experts indicates that it could have been created at the German concentration camp in Buchenwald
  • The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi at the Auschwitz Memorial
  • The secretary-general of the Muslim world League, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum
  • On January 27, more than 200 Auschwitz and Holocaust Survivors met in front of the Death Gate at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. They were accompanied by leaders and representatives of over 50 countries who listened to their words – crowned heads, presidents, prime ministers, ministers and diplomats as well as the representatives of numerous international institutions, social organization, clergy, the staff of museums and memorials devoted to this subject as well as – by intermediary of the media – all those who wished to honour the memory of the victims of German Nazis

  • The first Honorary Consuls of the Auschwitz Museum Diplomacy of Remembrance network appointed

  • „Odebrane dzieciństwo. Dzieci wyzwolone w Auschwitz” (Taken away childhood. Children liberated in Auschwitz) - a new Museum publication by Helena Kubica

  • Personalised entry passes for visiting the Memorial were introduced

  • Launch of the project “Łączyła ich Niepodległa. Obywatele II Rzeczpospolitej w KL Auschwitz” addressed to young people of the 8th grade of primary school and secondary schools, as well as teachers, tutors, and educators

  • The director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Dr. Piotr Cywiński, was decorated with the Order of Saint Sebastian and Marianna Ossolińska, head of the Diplomacy of Remembrance at the Auschwitz Museum and president of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute - with a medal awarded to women

  • The Auschwitz Museum acquires the second part of the archive concerning the Ładoś Group

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 the Museum was closed twice, i.e. March-June and November-December. In total, in 2020, the Museum was closed to visitors for 161 days

  • The Kingdom of the Netherlands has announced its decision to donate one million euros to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation's Perpetual Fund. The money comes from the budget of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, in the scope of activities related to war veterans and memory

  • Work has begun on creating a new Visitor Service Center at the Auschwitz Memorial. As part of the project "Improving the access to cultural resources by extending the visit route of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum with post-camp space of Schlachthaus and Molkerei buildings together with the reconstruction of the cinema hall", in May 2020 the Museum handed over the site for construction to the general contractor

  • During the works connected with the creation of a new Austrian exhibition in Block 17 within the former Auschwitz I camp. About 200 historical items were discovered in one of the flues. They are in particular the fragments of cutlery: spoons, forks and knives as well as fragments of metal wire, unidentified metal construction elements as well as nails

  • Ensuring the safety of Memorial visitors and staff constitutes one of the most important tasks in the reality of COVID-19 pandemic. Special sanitation gate was installed in front of the entrance to the Museum

  • Before the 80th anniversary of the deportation of the first transport of Poles to the German Auschwitz camp, the Auschwitz Memorial Archive published an updated list of prisoners transported from Tarnów on 14 June 1940. According to the latest findings, out of the 728 prisoners deported, 325 survived the war, 292 perished, while the fate of 111 is unknown to date

  • Online exhibition of camp letters of Tadeusz Korczowski – a prisoner of the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz. ‘I have been in the concentration camp Auschwitz since 14 June…’ is the title of an online exhibition made available by the Auschwitz Memorial on Google Arts & Culture. It presents a collection of 21 letters sent by a former prisoner Tadeusz Korczowski from Auschwitz

  • 80th anniversary of deportation of the first Poles to KL Auschwitz – National Remembrance Day was commemorated

  • A new online lesson "Poles in KL Auschwitz" has been published

  • The new Polish exhibition at the Memorial Site will be financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The exhibition, which will be built in the next three years, will occupy two floors of the historical Block 15 in the former camp Auschwitz I

  • German support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation doubled from 60 to 120 million euros. The funds are going to come from the subsidies of federal government and German lands

  • On the 73rd anniversary of establishing of the Museum at the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, we are announcing the winners of “If Not for Those Ten…” awards

  • An exceptional discovery was made during conservation works on shoes belonging to victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz camp, which are on display at the permanent exhibition, at the Memorial. A handwritten inscription was found in one of the children's shoes bearing the child's first and last name, the marking of the transport and the child's registration number on the transport list (Ba 541). Amos Steinberg was born on 26 June 1938. He lived in Prague. On 10 August 1942, he was incarcerated along with his parents Ludwig (Ludvík) and Ida in the Theresienstadt Ghetto near Prague. They were all deported to Auschwitz

  • The 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising was commemorated

  • Sinti and Roma Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated

  • The delegation of representatives of the Evangelical Church in Germany, headed by Dr. Irmgard Schwaetze and Bishop Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, visited the Memorial during their two-day visit

  • A competition for the artistic, architectural, and construction concept of the exhibition was announced titled "Polacy w KL Auschwitz. Mieszkańcy ziemi oświęcimskiej w czasie II wojny światowej" (Poles in KL Auschwitz. Inhabitants of the Oświęcim Land during World War II)

  • A public appeal to support the activities of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, met with a great response in various circles. 75,000 Euro, to support one of the most important projects of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust planned for next year, was donated by the WeKickCorona Initiative, which was established by two FC Bayern Munich players: Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich

  • The 79th anniversary of the death of Father Maximilian Kolbe was commemorated

  • “Polish Legation in Bern. The unspoken history” - first monograph about the group led by Aleksander Ładoś by Danuta Drywa, Ph.D. was published

  • "How to teach about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in the age of a pandemic" is the title of an online educational conference organized jointly by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the Warsaw Centre for Education and Social Innovations and Trainings

  • Inauguration of the national Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute in Spain

  • Almost 70 books published by the Museum are available in the form of e-books

  • The original notebook with manuscripts of poems about the camp, which belonged to a former Auschwitz and Ravensbrück camp prisoner Janina Zdunek (known in the camp as Musiewicz) was donated to the Auschwitz Memorial

  • The director of the Auschwitz Museum Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński is the only person from Central Europe included on the list of the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List 2020. He is also the only person currently working in the field of the memory of genocides and crimes against humanity

  • The exhibition „Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away” prepared jointly by the Spanish company Musealia and the Auschwitz Memorial has received the Grand Prix of the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award. It is the most prestigious European award in the heritage field

  • The Czech Ministry of Defence will support conservation work at the Auschwitz Memorial to the tune of 1.3 million koruna (217 thousand zlotys). The amount will be allocated to the project entitled "Preventive conservation work on selected elements of the historical fence of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau"

  • „Księga Pamięci leśników deportowanych do KL Auschwitz w latach 1940-1944” (“The Memorial Book of Foresters Deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1944”) is the title of the latest publication of the Auschwitz Museum. It summarises the history of about 205 Polish foresters deported to the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp

  • The Government of the Italian Republic has decided to increase its support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation by EUR 500,000

  • The director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński and the director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Andrzej Kacorzyk were awarded the Orders of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Taiwan will join the group of donors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Its support will amount to PLN 1.5 million. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, these funds will be allocated to implementing educational projects devoted to the history of Auschwitz using new technologies

  • Conservation works have been completed on the second of the historical guard towers at the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Both buildings were damaged in March 2019 by strong gusts of wind

2021

  • The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and AppsFlyer, the global marketing analytics leader, announced a joint program to create a set of immersive technological solutions including a guided virtual tour of the Auschwitz Memorial aimed at enhancing the educational value for visitors from around the globe
  • The 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was commemorated. The main theme of the celebrations was the fate of the children in the camp. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were exceptionally held not at the Memorial, but on the Internet
  • In connection with the implementation of the project of the New Main Exhibition, the Auschwitz Museum signed a contract with the company LS Projekt Pracownia Architektoniczna for the preparation of design documentation for the reconstruction and conservation works of the first two exhibition blocks and detailed designs
  • The Auschwitz Museum Archives has completed a two-year project, “Reconstructing the identities of deportees and prisoners of KL Auschwitz based on archival data from the Auschwitz Memorial and the Arolsen Archives
  • Thanks to the promise of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of almost 21,5 million zlotys it will be possible to erect the hostel together with its necessary infrastructure near the new Auschwitz Memorial Visitor Services Center, currently under construction
  • The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust has launched an online study stay program for Polish students
  • The online educational session took place “Here was my home. Expulsions from the Auschwitz zone", organized jointly by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the Remembrance Museum of the Land of Oświęcim Residents
  • Odbyła się internetowa sesja edukacyjna poświęcona ks. Maksymilianowi Kolbe
  • The first edition of the international competition “My memory, my responsibility. In my place”, organised by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute, has come to an end
  • The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim announces a new competition for the artistic concept and architectural and construction design of the exhibition, titled, “Poles in KL Auschwitz. Inhabitants of the Land of Oświęcim during World War II”
  • “…I still have so much to do...” – online educational session devoted to Jerzy Adam Brandhuber took place
  • In the San Salvador monastery in Oña, in the Spanish Burgos region, temporary seat of the National Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute in Spain was inaugurated. Three exhibitions are presented there: “German Nazi Death Camp Konzentrationslager Auschwitz”, “Oświęcim 1920-1930” and “Poland under occupation”
  • The new online lesson about the inhabitants of Oświęcim during the German occupation was published
  • The series of podcasts "On Auschwitz" prepared by the Museum has started. Podcasts in Polish and English are available on several streaming services, such as Spotify, Google Podcast, and Breaker
  • "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." exhibition has been opened in Kansas City (USA) on 14 June
  • Students from all over Poland took part in a special social action by the Museum prepared for the 81st anniversary of the deportation of the first Poles to the German Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. The result is a video version of the book "The Beginnings of Auschwitz in the Memory of the First Transport of Polish Political Prisoners" by the director of the Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński
  • 81st anniversary of deportation of the first Poles to KL Auschwitz has been commemorated – National Remembrance Day
  • Luis Ferreiro received the "Light of Remembrance" - the highest award established and awarded by the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum for outstanding contribution to education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust
  • The book “Auschwitz. Monograph of the Human” by Piotr Cywiński has been published delves. It is the first attempt - on a global scale - to delve so deeply into human emotions inside the camp. 
  • A dog tag belonging to one of the SS camp garrison members at the Auschwitz German Nazi concentration and extermination camp has been donated to the Auschwitz Memorial. It is the second item of this kind in the Museum's Collection
  • The Auschwitz Museum has published the book „Jerzego Adama Brandhubera obrazy Auschwitz” by prof. Andrzej Linert
  • Online educational session devoted to Polish foresters in KL Auschwitz took place
  • Winners of the volunteers award “If Not For Those Ten…” have been announced
  • Sport and sportspeople in KL Auschwitz. New temporary exhibition at the Memorial has been opened
  • "There are always exclusions on the road to Auschwitz". International conference on exclusions in the contemporary world took place
  • History teachers from Ukraine participated in a two-day online seminar titled "Auschwitz - History and Symbolism". The event was organized by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in cooperation with the Ukrainian Holocaust Research Institute "Tkuma"
  • Commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the liquidation of the Roma camp in Auschwitz took place
  • The 77th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising was commemorated
  • The 8th International Summer Academy took place
  • 80th anniversary of death of Father Maximilian Kolbe was commemorated
  • The 2nd edition of the educational project “Łączyła ich Niepodległa. Obywatele II Rzeczpospolitej w KL Auschwitz" was announced
  • A nationwide competition has been announced: „Auschwitz a postrzeganie współczesnego świata”
  • New online lesson about the fate of children in Auschwitz has been created
  • "Biographies as sources of knowledge about the Holocaust and Auschwitz" - an online conference took place
  • The letter of intent regarding technical support for the Memorial was signed by representatives of Orange Polska, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Thanks to the technological support, the Museum will gain a modern infrastructure ensuring fast and efficient Internet access: 5G / 4G, fiber optic, as well as wireless connectivity throughout the Memorial. It will thus become even more accessible, also to those who cannot visit it in person
  • The publishing house of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was included in the list of publishers publishing peer-reviewed scientific monographs. This list was compiled by the Ministry of Education and Science
  • Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, received the Cherasco Storia award in Italy for his contribution to the dissemination of history
  • New Austrian exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial has been opened
  • The new publication of the Museum: „Świadkowie z dna piekła. Historia Sonderkommando w KL Auschwitz” 
  • The new location for the presentation of the exhibition "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away" has been announced. From May 2022 it will be presented in Sweden
  • The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, has decided to increase the country's support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation by 5.5 million Swedish crowns
  • The Museum collections have been enriched with new artworks by Wincenty Gawron, a survivor of the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp and member of the camp resistance movement. The works have been donated by his daughter, Margaret Jablonsky
  • “Antisemitism and Hate Crimes” was the title of a training course for judges and prosecutors from the Member States of the European Union, which took place at the Auschwitz Memorial. The training was organised as part of training activities of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)
  • The book "Gli italiani ad Auschwitz (1943-1945). Deportazioni, «Soluzione finale», lavoro forzato. Un mosaico di vittime"  by Laura Fontana published by the Auschwitz Museum, was presented at the Turin International Book Fair
  • Work has been completed on residential barracks number 14, located in the men's quarantine section (BIIa), as part of the project to preserve wooden barracks at the former German Nazi camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The works are financed by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
  • The first meeting of the Council of the Museum - Memorial of KL Plaszow was held in Krakow. The director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, was elected chairman of the council
  • On the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Soviet prisoners of war to Auschwitz, an educational session was held devoted to the fate of Soviet prisoners of war during World War II, including in the Auschwitz camp
  • A new traveling exhibition "Resistance in KL Auschwitz" has been prepared
  • Norwegian Ambassador to Poland Anders Eide visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum on 11 November. During the visit, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Norwegian party, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, and the Auschwitz Museum
  • The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and the International Association "Memoriał" signed a special agreement on educational cooperation
  • Cooperation with the Forestry Technical School was renewed. Stanisław Morawski in Brynek. Group of students carried out voluntary work at the Auschwitz Memorial
  • A project of free study visits at the Memorial for Polish students has been announced. From January 2022, eighth-grade students of primary and secondary schools will be able to take part in free full-time study visits organized by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust
  • The project “Łączyła ich Niepodległa. Obywatele II RP w KL Auschwitz (Niepodległa connected them. Citizens of the Second Republic of Poland in KL Auschwitz)” has been summarised, it was attended by almost 1,900 people from all over Poland
  • Phase one of the Polish-Israeli project "Shaping the Future through Lessons from the Past" has been concluded. The project is run jointly by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz Museum, the Yad Vashem Institute and the Ghetto Fighters' House in Israel
  • English-language academic textbook "Auschwitz: History, Place and People. An Academic Guide to the Camp Complex" has been published, it is the result of the recently completed project "Witnessing Auschwitz. Living here" carried out by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Victims Memorial Foundation, the Auschwitz Memorial and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver
  • 563,000 visitors to the Auschwitz Museum in 2021