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On 2 August 2014 over 1,000 people gathered at Auschwitz II-Birkenau to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the so-called "Gypsy Family Camp" where in 1944 nearly 3,000 Roma and Sinti were killed.


Approximately ten thousand people – young Jews from all around the world, but also a 2,000 strong group of Polish youth – participated on April 28 in the 23rd March of the Living at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.


The Memory Project exhibition at the Galicia Jewish Museum opened on 1 July as part of the events for the 23rd Jewish Culture Festival.


On Thursday, 13 June 2013 the new Permanent Exhibition "Shoah" in  Block 27 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will open in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate and Exhibition Curator Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Piotr Cywinski, Israeli and Polish officials and Holocaust survivors.


The Museum of the History of Polish Jews officially opened on 19 April 2013 on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. 


The Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, has appointed Chairman of Yad Vashem Avner Shalev as Deputy Chairman of the International Auschwitz Council.


The Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires and the Polish government inaugurated a seminar on Janusz Korczak on 21-22 August in Buenos Aires.


The Polish government has earmarked almost 8.5 million euros for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.


ITF Chair Ambassador Karel de Beer will be speaking at an international seminar on "The Roma and Sinti Genocide: Memory, Identity and Present-day Racism," which will be held on 1 August in Cracow, Poland.

Yad Vashem Hall of Names

Israel's Holocaust museum Yad Vashem says it has reached an agreement with Poland that gives it access to World War II-era documents in 34 provincial archives across the eastern European country.