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Library - Online Catalogue

The Museum library holdings comprise approximately 30 thousand volumes and 2.5 thousand periodicals devoted to the history of the Second World War, the Third Reich, the occupation, and the fate of victims in prisons and concentration camps, with special attention to the history of Auschwitz. The library resources also include dozens of maps.

The book collection

The books in the collection, in many languages, consist above all of published original sources and scholarly studies, but also include literary works (memoirs, novels, short stories, poems, and even plays). The library also has a collection of German publications (books and periodicals) from the Third Reich period (“Hitleriana”). These books deal mainly with political and social issues in Nazi Germany.

Using the library

The library collections are intended for the use of the Museum research staff, historians from Poland and other countries, students, journalists, and teachers. Museum employees can borrow items, while people from outside the Museum can use them in the reading room (6 desks and 2 computer workstations). The libraries can also order books from other libraries through inter-library loan.


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On-line catalogue

Click the link to access the on-line catalogue of the library.


82nd anniversary of deportation of the first Poles to KL Auschwitz – National Remembrance Day

14 June 1940 is considered the date when German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp began its functioning. On that day, the Germans deported from the prison in Tarnów to the Auschwitz camp the group of 728 Poles. Among them were soldiers of the September 1939 campaign, members of underground independence groups, high-school and university students, and a small group of Polish Jews. They received numbers 31 to 758.

Online conference on the 82nd anniversary of the first Poles to Auschwitz - invitation

On 14 June, a conference will be held at the Auschwitz Memorial on the fate of Polish foresters involved in the resistance movement during World War II and the history of the first transports of Poles to the Nazi German camp of Auschwitz. The programme also includes a discussion with family members of survivors. The entire event will be streamed online with simultaneous English translation.

A seminar at the Auschwitz Memorial for a group from Fritz Bauer Institute

A group from the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt am Main, together with the director Prof. Sybilla Steinbarcher, visited the Auschwitz Memorial between 4-6 July.

Austrian decorations for the management of the Auschwitz Museum

Auschwitz Museum Director Piotr M. A. Cywiński, PhD, was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria by Dr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Federal Republic of Austria. In turn, Deputy Director Rafał Pióro was awarded the Gold Medal of Honour.

Meeting of the Auschwitz Museum Council

The functioning of the Memorial during the recovery from the pandemic was the main subject of a meeting of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Council held on 2 June.
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