1,534,000 people visited the grounds of the former Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in 2014. Never before in the space of a single year have so many people familiarized themselves at first hand with the original grounds. This is also the highest attendance in the history of European memorial sites.
• The Auschwitz Memorial in Virtual Panoramic Images
The virtual panoramas are a project prepared by the Museum for the upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The new virtual tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial includes over 200 high-quality panoramic photographs. The 360⁰ images present the authentic sites and buildings of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, complete with historical descriptions, dozens of witness accounts, archival documents and photographs, artworks created by the prisoners, and objects related to the history of the camp.
• USC Shoah Foundation and World Jewish Congress for the 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz
Thanks to the support granted by the USC Shoah Foundation and the World Jewish Congress, a group of a hundred former Auschwitz prisoners from all over the world will take part in the commemoration event of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp on January 27, 2015.
• 27th Session of the International Auschwitz Council
The upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and funding of the establishment of the official seat of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (ICEAH) and of the New Main Exhibition at the Memorial Site were the two main subjects of debates at the session of the International Auschwitz Council.
• "This Will be a Unique Anniversary" – Interview with Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
"The 70th anniversary will not be the same as previous big anniversaries. We have to say it clearly: it is the last big anniversary that we can commemorate with a numerous group of Survivors. Until now, it has been them who taught us how to look at the tragedy of the victims of the Third Reich and the total destruction of the world of European Jews. Their voices became the most important warning against the human capacity for extreme humiliation, contempt and genocide. However, soon it will not be the witnesses of those years, but us, the post-war generations, who will pass this horrible knowledge and the crushing conclusions that result from it."
• 70.auschwitz.org – This Anniversary Won’t be the Same…
The Museum has launched a special website - 70.auschwitz.org - dedicated to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. The site features, for example, the ’Map of World Remembrance’, where we are going to mark all commemorative events concerning the 27th of January 2015.
• Preparations for the 70th anniversary of the liberation
The 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz was the subject of a press conference held at the Memorial. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Auschwitz Council are the organisers of the commemoration event.