72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.
Holocaust survivors commemorated the millions of victims in Birkenau. “The suffering that happened to you there is unimaginable for us,” said Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the camp. The events must never be forgotten; remembrance is the duty of future generations.

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was declared the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations in 2005. In Germany, the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism has been observed on January 27 since 1996.


More than 2 million visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial in 2016

The museum administration has announced the visitor figures for 2016.
As a result, 2,053,000 people visited the former Auschwitz concentration camp last year, more than ever before in a single year.

Poland – 424.000
Great Britain – 271.000
USA – 215.000
Italy – 146.000
Spain – 115.000
Israel – 97.000
Germany – 92.000
France – 82.000
Czech Republic – 60.000
Sweden – 41.000

The countries with the largest increase in visitors compared to 2015 were Portugal (115 percent), Italy (91 percent), Spain (68 percent), Israel (59 percent) and France (44 percent). 21,000 pilgrims visited the memorial on July 26 as part of World Youth Day – never before have so many people visited the former camp grounds in one day. The busiest month was August, with 271,225 visitors.


72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

On January 27, 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the 322nd Infantry Division of the 60th Army of the I Ukrainian Front under the command of Colonel General Pavel Alexeyevich Kurochkin. The Red Army found 7,600 survivors and 650 corpses in the evacuated complex. In the magazines, the liberators found 843,000 men’s suits, 837,000 women’s coats and dresses, 44,000 pairs of shoes, 14,000 carpets and 7.7 tons of human hair.
Auschwitz is synonymous with the mass murder of European Jews by the Nazis.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Jahrestag der Befreiung

The memorial service will take place on January 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Birkenau at the monument to the victims of the camp.
The monument is located between the ruins of the two largest gas chambers and crematoria.


76th anniversary of the first transport of prisoners to Auschwitz

On June 14, 1940, the first 728 Polish prisoners were transported from the prison in Tarnów to Auschwitz, the beginning of the camp.
Among them were politically and socially active people, representatives of the intelligentsia, priests and lawyers of Jewish origin who had been arrested in the spring of that year as part of an action ordered by Governor General Hans Frank.
June 14, 1940 is indelibly inscribed in the history of mankind with the name “Auschwitz” and was declared a national day of remembrance for the Polish victims of the Nazi concentration camps by the Polish parliament in 2006.


«March of the Living»

Over ten thousand teenagers and young adults from more than 40 nations took part in the “March of the Living” in Oswiecim on Thursday. The march led from the main camp to Birkenau, three kilometers away. The march is intended to commemorate the six million victims of the Holocaust; in Birkenau alone, the National Socialists murdered at least 1.1 million Jewish prisoners.


May 13-14, 2016 Night of Krakow Museums

As part of the “Night of Museums”, the former enamelware factory of Oskar Schindler at 4 Lipowa Street, the museum of the “Old Synagogue” at 24 Szeroka Street and the “Pharmacy in the Krakow Ghetto” at 18 Bohaterow Getta Square will also be offering additional interesting events and encounters.
A coin specially minted for this event with a symbolic value of 1 zloty served as an admission ticket for all museums.

Oskar Schindler Museum


«March of the Living»

The “March of the Living” has been taking place in Auschwitz since 1988.
It is organized by the organization “March of the Living International”. Over the past 27 years, more than 220,000 people have taken part. The march was initially intended for the Jewish people. Since 2005, an increasing number of non-Jewish delegations have also been taking part.

Date: May 5, 2016

The silent march begins at the camp gate of the main camp. From the wrought-iron gate with the inscription “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free), the march continues to the Birkenau camp, three kilometers away.




March of the Living

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