On January 27, 2010, 65 years passed since the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz Concentration and Extermination Camp. The anniversary was accompanied by a conference organized by the Polish Ministry of National Education for ministers of education from more than 30 countries, and by the opening of the Russian exhibition at the Auschwitz I site dedicated to the liberation.
The main ceremonies were held at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau site, attended by former prisoners, the president and prime minister of Poland, the prime minister of Israel, government delegations from more than 40 countries, the president and members of the European Parliament, members of the Polish parliament, a delegation from the Knesset, members of the diplomatic corps, clergy, local officials, invited guests, and everyone desirous of honoring the memory of the victims of the Nazi Germans.
Former Auschwitz prisoners August Kowalczyk, who also acted as master of ceremonies, Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski, and Marian Turski spoke first. “ The 65th anniversary of liberation is now more than a mere historical reality. Faithful to memory, we turn our hearts and minds to those who never returned to freedom,” said Kowalczyk.