Fifty thousand people visited Poland's Auschwitz Museum in March thanks to virtual online visits, the former Nazi German death camp's authorities announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The unique collection sent to WWII Polish diplomats known as the Ładoś Group who tried to save the Jews from being murdered, was acquired from a private owner in Israel thanks to the efforts of the Polish Embassy in Bern and Markus Blechner, a Polish honorary consul in Zurich.
The annual March of the Living commemorations in Poland, a tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, has been postponed due to the coronavirus threat in Poland, the organisers have yet to announce a new date.
Exclusive English-language interview with Krzystof Kosior, great-grandson to Witold Pilecki. Pilecki has been called Poland’s greatest hero. He volunteered to go IN to Auschwitz, survived 900 days there and escaped.Murdered after the war by the communists, his body has never been found, his family condemned to eek out a survival in disgrace.In this exclusive interview go behind the myths and public legend of this extraordinary hero and find out the true story of how his family lived with communist repression, keeping Pilecki’s story alive until - in a free Poland - it was ready to assume its place as one of the most extraordinary stories of heroism, tragedy, bravery and courage the world has ever seen.
Posting a message on its website, the Museum where over 1 million people died at the hands of occupying German forces said it “recommended travel agencies and organizers of trips to the Memorial to desist from the arrival of people from places found to be infected.”
The Fighting Poland symbol gave succour to Poles living under the German occupation during World War Two, and it is still daubed on walls in towns and cities across the country.
Auschwitz Museum, which preserves the site of the former German concentration and extermination camp, blasted the scene calling it ‘fake’ and ‘dangerous’, saying that it could help Holocaust deniers in the future.
In response to accusations of historical revisionism by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Polish Embassy in the UK retorted that among the six million Jews that died in the Holocaust, three million were Jews of Polish citizenship.
Often defined by its associations with the Auschwitz concentration camp, the town of Oświęcim is in the process of discovering a thriving new identity.
A biography about Witold Pilecki, the Polish war hero who volunteered to go to the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp and then warned the world about the Nazi death machine, has been granted the Costa Book of the Year award.