Events 2012

Important events that took place at the Auschwitz Memorial in 2012.
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The Sketchbook from Auschwitz, a unique work preserved in the collections of the Auschwitz Memorial has been published by the Museum in its entirety for the first time in January 2012. It is the only set of drawings made in the camp depicting the extermination of Jews deported by German Nazis to Auschwitz. The unknown author documented in his drawings also murdering of prisoners who were sick or had been worked to exhaustion.

The Sketchbook from Auschwitz, a unique work preserved in the collections of the Auschwitz Memorial has been published by the Museum in its entirety for the first time in January 2012. It is the only set of drawings made in the camp depicting the extermination of Jews deported by German Nazis to Auschwitz. The unknown author documented in his drawings also murdering of prisoners who were sick or had been worked to exhaustion.

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 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.

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.

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 December 9 in the Auschwitz Memorial Site, celebrations were held for the 70th anniversary of the death of Archimandrite Grigol Peradze, an Orthodox holy martyr, who was murdered in the German Nazi concentration camp on Dec. 6, 1942.

On December 9 in the Auschwitz Memorial Site, celebrations were held for the 70th anniversary of the death of Archimandrite Grigol Peradze, an Orthodox holy martyr, who was murdered in the German Nazi concentration camp on Dec. 6, 1942.

Several hundred people attended the ceremony of the Genocide Remembrance Day of the Roma and Sinti at the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The ceremony was held on 68th anniversary of the liquidation of the so-called Gypsy Family Camp (Zigeunerfamilienlager) on August 2. On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, the Nazis murdered in gas chambers in Birkenau nearly 3000 children, women and men.

Several hundred people attended the ceremony of the Genocide Remembrance Day of the Roma and Sinti at the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The ceremony was held on 68th anniversary of the liquidation of the so-called Gypsy Family Camp (Zigeunerfamilienlager) on August 2. On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, the Nazis murdered in gas chambers in Birkenau nearly 3000 children, women and men.

In May 53 original camp secret messages went to the Archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Among them are copies of the camp's morgue books, or lists of names of those who were murdered in gas chambers. A few secret letters are materials previously unknown to historians of the Museum.

In May 53 original camp secret messages went to the Archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Among them are copies of the camp's morgue books, or lists of names of those who were murdered in gas chambers. A few secret letters are materials previously unknown to historians of the Museum.

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.

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.

On 3 February The Light of Remembrance award for outstanding contribution in the education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was awarded to Krystyna Oleksy, the outgoing deput director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in charge of education and head of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. The award was presented during a ceremonial farewell which finalised her 37 years of work at the Memorial Site.

On 3 February The Light of Remembrance award for outstanding contribution in the education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was awarded to Krystyna Oleksy, the outgoing deput director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in charge of education and head of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. The award was presented during a ceremonial farewell which finalised her 37 years of work at the Memorial Site.

On March 23 a special Memorial Train from Slovakia arrived at Auschwitz along a historical route commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the first group of Jewish women from Slovakia by the German Nazis to Auschwitz. The ceremony was attended by Slovak Prime Minister, Iveta Radičová and  Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Figel and many young people. A particularly special guest was Edita Grosmanová, survivor of Auschwitz, who that time was sent to the camp.

On March 23 a special Memorial Train from Slovakia arrived at Auschwitz along a historical route commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the first group of Jewish women from Slovakia by the German Nazis to Auschwitz. The ceremony was attended by Slovak Prime Minister, Iveta Radičová and Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Figel and many young people. A particularly special guest was Edita Grosmanová, survivor of Auschwitz, who that time was sent to the camp.

The 27th of January 2012 was the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. That year we also commemorated the 70th anniversary of commencement of the mass extermination of Jews in the Birkenau gas chambers. During the anniversary ceremony, a unique relic was presented: the only preserved door to a gas chamber, deriving from one of the crematoriums, blown up by SS members at the end of the final evacuation of the camp.

The 27th of January 2012 was the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. That year we also commemorated the 70th anniversary of commencement of the mass extermination of Jews in the Birkenau gas chambers. During the anniversary ceremony, a unique relic was presented: the only preserved door to a gas chamber, deriving from one of the crematoriums, blown up by SS members at the end of the final evacuation of the camp.

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