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Documentary film for the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Museum. “Remembrance - Awareness - Responsibility”


“Remembrance  - Awareness - Responsibility” is the title of a documentary film jointly prepared by Telewizja Polska S.A. (Polish Television) and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in connection with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Museum. The project was implemented courtesy of financial support from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Piotr Gliński.


The film tells the story of the Museum's creation in 1947, as well as the challenges of the contemporary Memorial, which preserves the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, educates on the camp history of people from all over the world, and ensures that the authenticity of the former camp sites are preserved for decades.

'It is of extreme importance to us that the story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in the film is recounted by people who devote a large portion of their time to the Memorial, i.e. the Museum staff. It is due to their contribution that we are considered one of the most important museums in the world. Historians, educators, conservators, archivists, persons in charge of collections and publications talk about the challenges and responsibilities that accompany their day-to-day work, which serves solely serves to preserve the memory of all who suffered here and teach subsequent generations about the dangers that may be brought about by ideologically organized hatred, contempt, racism, or anti-Semitism,' said Museum Director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński.

'Thanks to the cooperation with Polish Television, which has in its archives several materials related to events on the Museum’s history, including photos of its commissioning in 1947 and documentation of many visits of official delegations, we managed to depict the exalted effort of former prisoners to create - even in the most difficult years of Stalinism, a Memorial Site on the premises of the former camp, the first museum exhibitions, as well as commencement of research and publishing work,' added Piotr Cywiński.

The originator of the project on the part of TVP Krakow was Marek Szczepanek, whereas the film was directed by Ewa Święs-Kucybała. The project leader was Maria Guza. 

'The words remembranace, awareness and responsibility best describe the full dedication of several people, who work to preserve this terrible heritage of mankind. The 70th anniversary of the Museum’s creation is a unique occasion to recall this to mind,' said Ewa Święs-Kucybała.

'In 1979, Auschwitz-Birkenau was included in the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as an evidence of the inhuman, cruel and methodical attempts to deny human dignity to groups considered as subhumans, which led to their systematic murder. This place is a memento for all mankind,' she added.

On 2 July 1947, subject to an Act of the Polish Parliament, the Museum was created on the area of two preserved parts of the camp: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The Memorial Site covers the area of two preserved parts of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps, totalling 191 hectares, of which 20 hectares are on Auschwitz I and 171 hectares are on Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1979, the Memorial was included in the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The contemporary Memorial Site is above all an education centre about Auschwitz, the Shoah, Porajmos, genocide and human rights It is also, among others Collections, Archives, as well as research, conservation and publishing centres. In 2016, the Museum was visited by more than 2 million people, which is a record in its 70 years history.