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2013-01-16

The 68th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz

On January 27th, Sunday, ceremonies commemorating the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp will take place. These events have obtained honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski. In 2005, the United Nations established January 27th as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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This year, a Russian exhibition on Block 14 which has been designed by the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, will be opened. After prolonged negotiations which took several years, a new design of the exhibition was finally accepted in July 2012. Due to historical reasons, the former version had been unacceptable.

Halina Ołomucka’s painting of a prisoner, a Polish Jewish woman, entitled ‘Wyzwolenie, has become a visual symbol of the upcoming ceremonies. This work of art shows the joy of the end of the tragedy, which contrasts with depictions of horrible marks etched by camp experiences and stories which former prisoners cannot erase throughout their entire lives. The ceremonies will be attended by former prisoners, high Polish and Russian state officials, diplomatic corps members, priests and religious men of various confessions, regional and local inhabitants and authority members as well as invitees.

Due to the limited number of seats, in order to participate, please send an email to 27january@auschwitz.org or call + 48 33 843 1934 (to confirm your attendance) or + 48 33 844 8181 (for general enquiries).

A preliminary programme of the ceremonies is as follows:

12.00 – 13.15 A ceremony in the former Auschwitz I area

13.30 – 14.15 The opening of the Russian "Tragedy. Courage. Liberation" exhibition

15.00 – 15.30 A ceremony in memory of Holocaust victims. A prayer and paying tribute at the monument at Birkenau.

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