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Schedule of events

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a small group of guests, mainly survivors, will be able to participate in the commemoration event of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We encourage everyone to follow the broadcast, which will be available on our website.

The event will start on 27 January 2022 at 16.00 CET


Host: Marek Zając - chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Board

Messages of Survivors

- recollection of the first transport of Jews to Auschwitz, 999 Jewish women deported from Slovakia that arrived at the camp on 26 March 1942*:

Elisabeth Silberstein Bence
Judith Spielberg Mittelman
Edith Friedman Grosman

* this footage is donated by the Rena’s Promise Foundation from the forthcoming documentary, "999: The Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz."

- Bogdan Bartnikowski

- Halina Birenbaum

Word of thanks of the director of the Auschwitz Memorial

- Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński

Presentation of new technological tools for education about the history of Auschwitz

- Ronald S. Lauder - the Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation

Auschwitz Survivors

- Halina Birenbaum

- Bogdan Bartnikowski

- Marian Turski


Rabbi Michael Schudrich
Roman Catholic Bishop Piotr Greger
Orthodox Hieromonk Aleksander Mokriszczew
Evangelical-Augsburg Bishop Adrian Korczago



We can observe what is happening at Ukraine's borders and see what is happening in many parts of the world. We also feel the increase of unnecessary tensions and threatening rises of antisemitic and racist slogans. We feel a growing indifference and passivity. The world has not learned the lessons of World War II. In consultation with the President of Poland, the Museum wishes that during the 77th anniversary of liberation, marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the extermination of Jews at Auschwitz, politicians' speeches be replaced by a meaningful minute of silence and reflection. We should allow only the Auschwitz Survivors to speak. Let us truly reflect on whether everyone has done everything possible to stop the spread of evil in our world.