Group of European politicians and parliamentarians at the Memorial
A group of European politicians and parliamentarians organised by the Brussels-based European Jewish Association visited the Auschwitz Memorial Museum on 7 November.
The delegation of almost 200 people included the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazović and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, Markéta Pekarová Adamová.
Deputy Director Anna Skrzypińska welcomed the visitors to the Memorial. Members of the delegation passed through the gate with the inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" into the courtyard of Block 11. They laid wreaths in front of the Death Wall, where the SS conducted shooting executions, paying tribute to all the victims of the German Nazi camp.
In Block 5, the delegation members saw personal items belonging to victims of extermination discovered in these warehouses after the camp's liberation. These include shoes, suitcases, prostheses, glasses or kitchenware.
After visiting the building of the first crematorium and gas chamber at the former Auschwitz I camp, the guests inscribed in the Museum's visitors' book.
In the second part of the visit, the guests visited the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp, including the railway ramp where the Germans carried out the selection of Jews deported to the camp. At the end of the visit, they held a commemoration ceremony, culminating in the laying of candles at the Memorial between the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria II and III.