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“Light of Remembrance” for Serge Klarsfeld

Director Piotr M. A. Cywiński presented Serge Klarsfeld the highest award of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial “Light of Remembrance”, during the conference in Izieu dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the trial of the Lyon Gestapo Chief, Klaus Barbie.

Auschwitz Museum Director Dr. Piotr Cywiński, Chairperson of the Programme Board of the Jewish Historical Institute

The Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński was elected as chairperson of the Programme Board of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) in Warsaw. The deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Jarosław Sellin attended the meeting of the new Board, which was held April 26, 2017.

26th March Of The Living. Declaration of memory by ministers of education

On April 24, the 26th March of the Living was held on the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. Several thousand people, mainly young Jews as well as a large group of Polish youth gathered at the “Arbeit macht frei” gate at the former Auschwitz I camp on the premises of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

Expert meeting in Berlin on the standards of functioning of memorial sites

“The outstanding universal value of Auschwitz. The historical identity of Europe and the border of pars pro toto,” was the motto of the expert meeting held on 7 April 2017 at the House of Wannsee Conference in Berlin. It was attended by representatives of UNESCO, the International Auschwitz Council, the Yad Vashem Institute, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, among others.

The Fifth International Summer Academy in German

We are pleased to announce the Fifth International Summer Academy in German organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, as part of educational programmes organized at the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. It will take place on August 19 – 25, 2017. Application deadline is May 12, 2017. Results of the recruitment process will be announced till June 5, 2017.

Private letter of an SS man from the KL Auschwitz staff donated to the Archives

An original letter written by an SS man from the German Auschwitz camp garrison Stefan Dilmetz has been donated to the Auschwitz Memorial Archives. It is the first result of the appeal by the Museum announced in January and referred to the German and Austrian public regarding the transfer of documents, photos, or private letters related to the SS staff of KL Auschwitz.