New International Auschwitz Council
On June 7, 2000, a ceremony was held in the Hall of Columns of the Prime Minister's Chancellery, during which Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek presented nominations to newly appointed members of the International Auschwitz Council.
"I believe joint efforts to preserve for posterity the tragic heritage of the Hitlerite policy to exterminate the Polish nation and to annihilate the Jewish nation will serve to promote reconciliation and mutual understanding. I believe that growing co-operation among experts, scholars, people enjoying high public authority and confidence, will help overcome stereotypes and prejudice through common bearing witness to the truth about those terrible times," Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek said during the ceremony. The International Auschwitz Council is a consultative-advisory organ of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers in the realm of preserving and developing the area of the former Nazi extermination camp in Auschwitz and other Holocaust memorials. Its members serve for a six-year period.