On January 27, about 300 Survivors, witnesses of the history of Auschwitz, have met in front of the Death Gate of the former Birkenau camp in order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation.
“We wanted this anniversary to resound strongly in the media coverage in order for the reflection on the tragedy of the victims to reach also those people who are not involved in the memory on a daily basis, do not possess sufficient historical knowledge, do not feel the shadow of Auschwitz in their everyday life”, said Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Director of the Museum. “It was the last round anniversary during which we could listen to the words of a large group of survivors. We wanted to be as well prepared as possible”, added Cywiński.
Commemorative events of the 70th anniversary of the liberation were organized under a giant tent constructed over the Gate of Death of the Birkenau camp. Official TV signal, broadcasted live to the entire world, was produced by the Polish Televison (TVP S.A). Over 250 TV stations from different countries used the broadcast. According to the collected data, over five hundred million people watched the commemoration live. Moreover, the broadcast was available in the HD version on the YouTube Internet channel.