Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commemoration will exceptionally not be held at the Memorial, but in the virtual space.
The online broadcast will begin on 27 January 2021 at 16.00 CET (UTC+1) and will be available at www.auschwitz.org and 76.auschwitz.org as well as on the Memorial Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. We will provide more details at a later date.
The main theme of the 76th anniversary of the liberation will be the fate of children in Auschwitz.
'Over 200,000 children were murdered in Auschwitz. Completely innocent, good, curious about life, loving their closest ones, trusting children. The adult world - after all, so often unjust and cruel - has never demonstrated so much of its heartlessness, its evil. This cannot be justified by any ideology, reckoning or politics. This year we want to dedicate the anniversary of liberation to the youngest victims of the camp,' said Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, the director of the Museum.
It is estimated, basing on the approximate data, that at least 232,000 children and young people were deported to Auschwitz, of whom 216,000 were Jews, 11,000 Roma, about 3,000 Poles, more than 1,000 Belarusians, and several hundred Russians, Ukrainians, and others. A total of about 23,000 children and young people were registered in the camp. Slightly more than 700 were liberated on the territory of Auschwitz in January 1945.
Photo caption: 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
Event hashtag: #Auschwitz76