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Totalitarianism, Nazism, and the Holocaust

The first session of the fifth post-graduate course co-organized by the Museum and the Pedagogical Academy in Cracow was held on Friday, January 25. After the opening ceremonies, the participants met with Madame Borras, a former Auschwitz Concentration Camp prisoner from France.

The Final Additions

Professor Marian Kołodziej has made his final addition of new drawings to the exhibit of his work, titled Images from Memory: Labyrinths, in the basement of the church at the International Father Kolbe Center in Harmęże.

The Death March Passed This Way on January 18, 1945

As they do each year on the anniversary of the start of the Death March by prisoners of the Jawiszowice sub-camp of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, a delegation of miners from the Brzeszcze Coal Mine placed floral tributes at the memorial marking the event.

Water Seepage in the Crematorium

Preservation work began several weeks ago on the Crematorium I building at the site of the Auschwitz I Main Camp. The walls were extremely vulnerable to water leakage. Any hard rain resulted in the seepage of water into the building, damaging its structure. The waterproofing work now underway, scheduled for completion by the end of January, will dry the walls and protect the building against seepage.

To Forget about Them Would Be Unthinkable

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has published, in German and Polish, an album titled Nie wolno o nich zapomnieć (To Forget about Them Would Be Unthinkable), by Museum historian Helena Kubica. It is devoted to the memory of the children deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the majority of whom were murdered in the camp by the Germans or fell victim to the conditions of life in the camp.

They Remember

As happens each year, candles were lighted on the graves in the cemetery at Brzeszcze on All Saints' Day. Columns of Auschwitz Concentration Camp prisoners passed right by this cemetery on January 18, 1945. That final evacuation of the camp is known as the Death March. More than 10,000 of the 50,000 prisoners evacuated are estimated to have died then—just a few days before the arrival of the Red Army, which liberated the camp on January 27.