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Netanyahu Opens Exhibition At Auschwitz Museum

13.06.2013 – Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened an exhibition at Block 27 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp museum in southern Poland, Thursday morning. 

POLAND – The visit to the Auschwitz Museum comes on the second day of Netanyahu’s trip to Poland: on Wednesday he had talks with his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk.

The exhibition at the Auschwitz Museum is a multimedia look at the history of the death camp from 1940 to 1945, where over one million lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis.

The exhibits have been curated by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust institute and includes a 360-degree cinematic montage of Jewish life before the Holocaust and a Book of Names listing details of over 4 million Holocaust victims.

There is also a room devoted to the 1.5 million Jewish children killed in the Holocaust.

“It’s an extremely new perception of an exhibition. It doesn’t tell a story like in a history book. It’s a very strong place for education, for conveying awareness of the Holocaust,” Piotr Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum told the Israeli

The communist authorities opened an exhibition in Block 27 in the late 1970s but it was decided the upgrade the exhibits in 2005 after a visit to Auschwitz by the then prime minister of Israel Ariel Sharon.

The opening of the new exhibition comes a day before the anniversary on 14 June of the first mass transport of prisoners by occupying Nazi Germans to the newly opened Auschwitz death camp in 1940.

The transport, from a regular prison in Tarnów, southern Poland, consisted of 728 Poles, including some Jews – though the systematic round up and slaughter of Jews did not occur till two years later.

Polish prisoners were numbered from 31 to 758 – the numbers 1 to 30 were designated to German prisoners who had yet to arrive at the camp.

Prisoner number 31 was Stanisław Ryniak, who was the first Pole in Auschwitz. (pg)

 – Polskie Radio