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79th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz, 27 January 2024 - announcement


On 27 January 2024 we will commemorate the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. The event will be held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.


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The theme of the anniversary will be a human, symbolically visualised by the faces of the people imprisoned at Auschwitz, immortalised in drawings made during the existence of the camp and after the war.

'Auschwitz is today associated by many primarily with its terrain: barbed wire, barracks and guard towers. It is an empty space filled with relics of camp architecture. Meanwhile, the drama and significance of Auschwitz is not about the relics, but about a Human. More than a million people, victims who were murdered, and people who survived. It is their faces - drawn by themselves - that we want to remember on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the liberation, which will take place next year: 27 January 2025,' said Auschwitz Museum Director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński.

'The question of the preservation of Auschwitz, rightly posed so often in recent years, also demands a question about our memory of the deepest essence of the Auschwitz experience, which is precisely the human. The memory of human cannot be preserved, but it is in the memory that all the answers - even the unspoken ones - to the great questions about people today, here and now, in our difficult and disturbing reality are contained,' stressed Piotr Cywiński.

The anniversary commemoration will begin at 6 pm on the grounds of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp, inside a tent placed over one of the authentic brick barracks.

All Auschwitz Survivors are invited to participate in the event, each with one accompanying person.

The entire event will be broadcast on and the Museum's YouTube channel, and an open sector will be available on the Museum's grounds for anyone interested in following the event there.

Details about the commemoration event and organizational information will be provided on the page. The media regulations and accreditation information are also available there.

Until the liberation of some 7 thousand prisoners remaining at the site of the camp by soldiers of the Red Army, the German Nazis murdered approx. 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, mostly Jews, but also Poles, the Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities.

We talk about the history of Auschwitz in our online lessons and our podcast "On Auschwitz."

For the world today, Auschwitz is a symbol of the Holocaust and the atrocities of World War II. In 2005 the United Nations declared 27 January as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Today, for the world, Auschwitz is a symbol of the Holocaust and the cruelties of World War II. In 2005, the United Nations designated January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.