The theme for the 64th anniversary of the liberation was "Listen to Every Word." At a ceremony at the Konarski Secondary School No. 1 in Oświęcim, former Auschwitz prisoners conveyed their message to the young people:
"You are the last generation that will have the chance to compare your knowledge about Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Holocaust with the eyewitness testimony by survivors, the living participants in the history that altered their lives during the war and, in the case of the Jewish people, doomed them to the status of orphans," former Auschwitz prisoner August Kowalczyk told the students. "The intention of the anniversary ceremonies, with the theme 'Listen to Every Word, Remember Every Word,' is, on our part, a plea, and, on your part, a promise and a vow."