Auschwitz (exhibition)

See also: Auschwitz-Birkenau (camp)

See also: Birkenau (plaque)

See also: Birkenau (memorial)

See also: Birkenau (Czech stele)

See also: Birkenau (stele at Crematorium V)


Historical background

See: Auschwitz-Birkenau


Description of commemoration

On August 2, 2001 (on the anniversary of the final extermination of the so-called Gypsy family camp in Birkenau), a grand permanent exhibition devoted to the extermination of the Roma and Sinti was opened at the Auschwitz main camp, in pavilion 13. It is another of the so-called national exhibitions presented at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

The exhibition covers the entire floor of a former residential barrack. It was financed mainly by the German government and developed by the Documentation and Culture Centre of Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg (Dokumentations- und Kulturzentrum Deutscher Sinti und Roma).

The exhibition documents the process of awakening aversion to Roma in European societies, which developed over time in readiness to adopt a Nazi ideology, condemning the Roma to destruction. Subsequent parts of the exhibition illustrate the fate of the Roma in individual European countries, gradually pushed to the margins of social life until their extermination. The part concerning Poland is illustrated with photographs, including images of the Roma living in Szczurowa before the war, who were murdered there by Germans in July 1943.

Date of the unveiling

August 2, 2001 r.


Dokumentations- und Kulturzentrum Deutscher Sinti und Roma, State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau


Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau [State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau]
ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 20
32-603 Oświęcim, Polska [Poland]


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