Today we are celebrating the 77th anniversary of liberation of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and the town of Oświęcim from the occupation of Nazi Germany.
The Mayor of Oświęcim, Janusz Chwierut, together with his deputy Krzysztof Kania, paid tribute to the victims in the morning by laying flowers at memorial sites in the town of Oświęcim. Due to pandemic restrictions, the ceremonies were of an exceptionally modest nature.
The delegation of the town of Oświęcim paid tribute:
• to the victims of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau – at the Death Wall at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site in os. Rotmistrza Witolda Pileckiego,
• to the prisoners murdered in the last days of the camp’s operation and soldiers of the Soviet Army,
• at the monument at the Collective Grave of about 700 prisoners of the Auschwitz extermination camp, murdered in the last days of the camp’s operation, and at the Obelisk of the Soldiers of the Soviet Army in os. Rotmistrza Witolda Pileckiego,
• to Captain Witold Pilecki – under the obelisk “Captain of the Cavalry of the Polish Army, co-founder of the Secret Polish Army, soldier of the Home Army. Participant of the war of 1920, the September Campaign of 1939, and the Warsaw Uprising. Voluntary prisoner and organizer of the resistance movement in KL Auschwitz. Author of the first reports on the Holocaust. Steadfast soldier. Murdered by the Polish communist authorities on May 25, 1948” in park Zasole,
• to the victims of the KL Auschwitz – Monowitz sub-camp – at the memorial with the plaque “Memorial card for those murdered in camp No. IV in the years 1941-1945. Inhabitants of Monowice” in the district of Monowice, ul. Głowackiego,
• to the forced labourers who died during the construction of the IG Farben and KL Auschwitz plants at the monument with the plaque “Here in the years 1941-1945 on the site of the former Auschwitz Buna Monowice extermination camp, Nazi genocides murdered about 30,000 political prisoners and prisoners of war of various nationalities” in ul. Chemików,
• to the Poles murdered, persecuted, imprisoned and deported to slave labour – at the obelisk in ul. Chemików – next to the indoor swimming pool,
• to the Jews from Oświęcim – at the Jewish Cemetery in ul. Generała Jarosława Dąbrowskiego,
• to the Polish soldiers who died during World War II – at the Monument to the Fallen Polish Soldiers in 1914-1918, 1918-1921, 1939-1945 at the Parish Cemetery,
• to the soldiers of the Soviet Army who died during World War II – at the Collective Grave of the Soviet Army Soldiers at the Parish Cemetery,
• to the British soldiers who died in the camp in Monowice – at the plaque commemorating the British soldiers who died in the camp for the British prisoners of war E715 Stalag VIII B Monowice at the Parish Cemetery (Oświęcim, ul. Generała Jarosława Dąbrowskiego),
• to the inhabitants of the Town of Oświęcim and the Land of Oświęcim, the Poles and the Jews murdered in KL Auschwitz and other places of execution during World War II – at the Memorial Plaques “In tribute to the residents of Oświęcim – Victims of KL Auschwitz” at the Church of Of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Oświęcim,
• to all those who died during World War II – on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Plac Kościuszki.
At this point, the delegation of the town of Oświęcim also laid a special floral spray on behalf of foreign towns cooperating with our town, i.e. Arezzo (Italy), Breisach (Germany), Ballan Mire (France), Cori (Italy), Dachau (Germany), Guernica (Basque Country), Kerpen (Germany), Sambor (Ukraine). In previous years, delegations from these towns personally participated in the celebrations in Oświęcim.
The Mayor of the Town of Oświęcim would like to thank all those who also paid tribute on the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and the town of Oświęcim from the occupation of Nazi Germany.