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Winners of the volunteers award “If Not For Those Ten…”


On the 74th anniversary of establishing of the Museum at the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, we are announcing the winners of “If Not for Those Ten…” awards. They go to our volunteers and representatives of institutions supporting voluntary work at the Memorial. Among the 2021 winners there are persons from Poland, Spain, Japan, Austria.


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“The award of the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum constitutes the expression of gratitude to outstanding volunteers and interns for their attitude and efforts. Every year, the award ceremony is a very special day for both the volunteers and coordinators of voluntary work that cooperate with us. This year it is a special ceremony as the awards have been granted to winners from the years 2020 and 2021, as last year, due to the pandemic and the resulting restrictions, it was impossible to gather within Museum premises”, said Katarzyna Marcak, Head of the Volunteer Bureau at the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Last year, the Memorial was supported by over 250 volunteers and interns, mostly through their online work, as the regulations and restrictions in force made it impossible for them to work on site.

“They all decide to support the activity of the Memorial as they feel somehow obliged to do so, as they say it themselves, their work is just a small element, but the element which needs to be added in order to build something great. They volunteer because in this way, they want to remember better and stronger, as volunteering works just as communicating vessels – they give us a fragment of themselves, their time, at the same time learning about the history of the camp from those who they encounter and from the facility. We, in turn, give them the possibility to work at the Museum, educate them and at the same time use the energy that they bring”, said Andrzej Kacorzyk, ICEAH Director.

“Volunteering work at the Memorial often constitutes a challenge. Sometimes our volunteers realize that their presence within the former camp premises constitutes a particular expression of caring for the memory of all camp victims only when they arrive here. The greater this awareness, the better the history of this place is memorized and – I hope so – the stronger the feeling of moral responsibility for the world in which we all live becomes”, Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Museum Director, emphasized.

The award of the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum “If Not For Those Ten..." is presented once every year on the anniversary of the establishment of the Museum on 2 July 1947. The award is given to outstanding volunteers and coordinators of the voluntary service. The award is in the shape of a glass statue, to which an official letter is attached. The obverse side of the statue has the inscription in Polish and English “Gdyby zabrakło dziesięciu…” ("If Not for Those Ten...”).

2021 Award Winners

NIKOLA HUSS – volunteer in Conservation Laboratories and then in E-learning

MAJA KUBIK – Museum volunteer since 2019, working in particular in the Collections

ALEKSANDRA JANIK – volunteer since 2019, working for example at the Library, Visitor Services and currently also during the events commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz

TOMASZ ROSIŃSKI – one of the initiators and supervisor of internships for deaf and hearing impaired students of the 12th Special Care Educational Facility (SOSW) in Wrocław

SERGIO MARTINEZ – volunteer at the Volunteer Bureau and the E-Learning, performs translations, proofreading and transcriptions

AGNIESZKA BUKOWIECKA – volunteer since 2018, performs translations and proofreading, takes part in the events commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz

ALEKSANDER LORENC – volunteer since 2016, involved in the organization of the events commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz, sessions of the International Auschwitz Council or educational sessions

HIKARI BUN – volunteer since July 2019, involved mainly in Conservation Laboratories

CARLO DUDIĆ-LOVRIĆ – volunteer since 2020 in Conservation Laboratories, where he is involved among others in comprehensive conservation of archaeological objects

MIŁOSZ ADAMOWICZ – since 2018 intern and then volunteer of the IT Section