73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz I - Stammlager

On January 27, 2018, the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz will take place at the memorial. The National Socialists murdered more than one million people in the Auschwitz concentration camp, mainly Jews, Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities.
January 27 has been the day of remembrance for the victims of National Socialism in Germany since 1996.

Schedule of the commemoration
15:00 – Press conference: Auschwitz testimonies, presentation of testimonies on the portal
16:30 – Opening of the special exhibition “Letters … Collection of Władysław Rath” in Block 12 of the former Auschwitz I camp (invited guests)
18:30 – Central ceremony in the building of the so-called “saunas” in Auschwitz II-Birkenau (invited guests)
20:00 – Memorial service and prayer at the memorial to the victims of Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Information for persons, without invitation
Individuals and organized groups wishing to participate in the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz can enter the open sector located in the BI area of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp.
The parking lot is located in Brzezinka at ul. Martyrdom of Nations 14.

Information for visitors to the memorial
On January 27, 2018, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial will be open to visitors with certain restrictions. Please follow the instructions of the museum, the guides and the museum staff. The area around the memorial to the victims and the so-called “saunas” in the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp are not accessible to visitors.source:


Over 2 million visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial in 2017

The museum administration has announced the visitor figures for 2017.
As a result, 2.1 million people visited the former Auschwitz concentration camp last year, 50,000 more than in 2016.
The ten countries with the most visitors:

Poland – 498.000
Great Britain – 339.000
USA – 183.000
Italy – 115.000
Spain – 101.000
Germany – 85.000
Israel – 83.000
France – 74.000
Czech Republic – 53.000
Sweden – 44.000


Countries with the largest increase in visitors compared to 2016 were Ukraine (48 percent), Canada (36 percent) and Greece (32 percent). source:


Bełżec - Beginning of the »Endlösung«

The Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp is generally regarded as a symbol of the systematic genocide of the Jews. However, it is often overlooked that more than one and a half million Jews were murdered in the Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka extermination camps between 1942 and 1943 as part of “Aktion Reinhardt“, meaning that the number of victims there was even higher than in Auschwitz.


FACE TO FACE Art in Auschwitz

To mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum on the site of the former German concentration and extermination camp, the unique exhibition “Face to Face. Art in Auschwitz” will be shown in Krakow.
It includes numerous original works created by Auschwitz prisoners during their imprisonment.

Duration: 07.07. – 20.09.2017
Location: Szolayski House, Pl. Szczepanski 9
Tue – Sat from 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday from 10-16 h
Monday – closed

Admission: Free of charge

Auschwitz-Birkenau Ausstellung in Krakau


«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 April 24. The march led from the infamous gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp with the inscription “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work sets you free”) to the former Birkenau concentration camp.
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.


Platz der Ghettohelden in Krakau

“March of Remembrance“

Commemorative march on the anniversary of the dissolution of the ghetto in Krakow.

The Ghetto Heroes’ Square (Plac Bohaterów Getta) in the Podgorze district of Krakow played a tragic role in the extermination of the Jews. This square in the middle of the ghetto was the last stop for the inhabitants of the Jewish district before they were deported to the concentration and extermination camps; the roll calls and selections took place here and the Krakow Jews were rounded up for deportation.
The last selection took place here on March 14, 1943 during the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto.
To commemorate these events, the March of Remembrance starts every year from Ghetto Heroes Square. In memory of the ghetto victims, the march follows the exact route that the last remaining Jews had to take on this day in 1943 to the nearby Plaszow concentration camp.

Date: March 19
Time: 12 noon
Place: Krakow, Plac Bohaterow Getta


Names of SS supervisors in Auschwitz published

SS-Aufsehern in Auschwitz

Index card in the Polish database

The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) has put a database online containing the names of 8502 Germans who served in the largest of all concentration camps, Auschwitz, and its satellite camps between 1940 and 1945.
The list of names of concentration camp guards is largely based on research by historian Aleksander Lasik from the University of Bydgoszcz, who has been working on it since 1982.
Further German camps are to be added to the database, as IPN chairman Jaroslaw Szarek said. To the database:,Zaloga-SS-KL-Auschwitz.html


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