Erected at the end of March 1942, the canteen was where members of the SS garrison would go to eat, drink and be entertained after clocking off from killing shifts. Dagmar Kopijasz from the foundation that is trying to save the building, said it was an integral part of the camp as much as the red-brick buildings of the Auschwitz main camp and the wooden barracks of Birkenau.
Until now, it was known only that Franciszek Jaźwiecki who captured the broken faces of his fellow inmates through hundreds of harrowing portraits, had been employed in the death camp’s paint shop.
A former Auschwitz inmate will be able to seek justice before a Polish court over a German website's use of the term "Polish death camp" in a 2017 report on his sister's death in the World War II Treblinka Nazi extermination camp in German-occupied Poland.
The International Auschwitz Committee, which was formed in 1952, said that the German judiciary had failed to deal with former death camp staff for decades.
To deal with the trauma he had endured, Thomas Geve recorded his memories by putting them on paper. Now for the first time, more than 80 of his sketches are presented alongside his narrative of events in The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz, written with journalist Charlie Inglefield.
To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz, a virtual ceremony was held due to coronavirus restrictions.
Once asked to draw the view from her bedroom window for homework, Anna Odi couldn’t decide whether to draw the crematorium or the gallows where Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess was executed. She told TFN: “I think I am a hostage to the stories of people who experienced this hell. I am continuing what my parents started, to be a witness. Like my parents, I owe it to the victims.”
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has marked International Holocaust Remembrance day by saying the memory of the Holocaust’s victims is an important part of the Polish identity.
The Auschwitz Museum's budget "collapsed" after pandemic lockdowns led to a massive drop in visitor numbers in 2020, the museum’s annual report has said.
Forced to witness some of the most horrific scenes on earth, surrounded by death and the slaughter of infants, which she was also ordered to carry out, one woman quietly carried out her duty and defended the value of life against a culture of death. Her remarkable story is a testament to hope and courage in the darkest of circumstances.