Guardian of National Memory Sites gold and silver medals were presented to employees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on December 11. The ceremony was presided over by Professor Andrzej Kunert, secretary of the Council for the Protection of Memory of Combat and Martyrdom (ROPWiM).
On December 9 in the Auschwitz Memorial Site, celebrations were held for the anniversary of the death of Archimandrite Grigol Peradze, an Orthodox holy martyr, who was murdered in the German Nazi concentration camp on Dec.
In November the conference “Digital data archiving of victims of Nazism,” organised by the Auschwitz Museum, was attended by representatives of 26 institutions from seven countries in Europe, the USA and Israel, mainly specialist involved in the building of a database consisting of the names and surnames of those persecuted by the Nazis. The theme of the meeting was to discuss the problem of a long-term storage of digital data.
On October 25 a three-year project entitled, "The Conservation of Five Wooden Barracks at the Former Auschwitz II–Birkenau Concentration Camp" has come to an end. This was the first such a large and complex conservation project carried out by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum which was financed from the founds of the EU.
On October 19 Prince Albert II of Monaco with Princess Charlene visited the site of the largest former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. "The flame of our memory will never die," the princely couple wrote in the visitor's book at the end of the visit to Auschwitz I.
Two virtual exhibitions prepared by the Auschwitz Memorial Site may be viewed as a part of the Google Cultural Institute Internet platform launched on October 10, 2012. The official inauguration of the project in Poland took place in the Kubicki Arcades at the Royal Castle in Warsaw in the presence of Bogdan Zdrojewski, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz Museum.
On September 10, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk presented the nominations of the members of the International Auschwitz Council in Warsaw. The inaugural meeting of the third term of the IAC took place on 10 September in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski. The new vice presidents of the IAC are: Dr Barbara Engelking and Avner Shalev. Marek Zając was reappointed as a secretary of the Council.
On August 9 approximately 300 worshipers attended the celebration anniversary of the death of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross–Edith Stein–which took place in the former German Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz.
From the 15th to the 26th of July, a group of educators from Israel took part in the seminar "Auschwitz in the Collective Consciousness in Poland and around the World. The Role and Significance of the Memory about Auschwitz-Birkenau for Jews and Poles," which was organised by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
On July 2, 1947, the Polish Sejm adopted a law on the establishment of the Auschwitz Museum and Memorial Site on the grounds of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. While celebrating the 65th anniversary a new exhibition “Auschwitz. Memory. World,” was opened.
On 10 June 1942, the penal company revolted and fled together from the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. On this occasion an exceptional ceremony took place at the Memorial Site. Its honorary hero was August Kowalczyk, at that time the only surviving participant of those events. He died on July 29, 2012.
Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Nazi Concentration Camps, the director and employees of the Auschwitz Memorial Site laid a wreath at the Dath Wall. 72 years ago, on June 14, 1940, the Nazis transported a group of 728 Polish political prisoners from the prison in Tarnów to the newly built concentration camp of Auschwitz.
On June 6 the Global Preservation Plan was officially launched at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It is the multi-annual programme of preservation work funded by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s Perpetual Fund. The inauguration was attended by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski. Among those present were also representatives of the countries that engage in the Foundation project.
Director of the State Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, and also the President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, has been awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown. According to the King Albert II Coburg's will, the Knight's Cross of the Order was awarded by the Ambassador of Belgium, His Eminence Raoul Delcorde. The special ceremony took place in the Ambassador's residence on June 12, 2012.