UN Secretary-General's visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentra

Time:2013-11-21 23:29 Source:The Holocaust and the United N Writer:Kimberly Mann read:

UN Secretary-General's visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Death Camp, 18 November 2013

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share this information with you about the visit of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi concentration and death camp and to the Auschwitz Jewish Center on 18 November 2013. The Secretary-General was joined by two Holocaust survivors: Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council; and Marian Turski, historian, journalist, Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, and Chairman of the Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. They visited the following places:

Auschwitz I
The Arbeit Macht Frei Gate, Blocks 4 and 5 (extermination and physical evidence of the crime), the Execution Wall at Block 11, the Jewish Pavilion at Block 27, the crematorium and gas chamber.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau
The Gate of Death, the selection ramp, BII sector, the women's camp, the ruins of crematorium and gas chamber II, the International Monument, and remarks were made in the "Sauna" registration building.

Thank you, 
Kimberly Mann, Manager 
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme

Photo gallery from Secretary-General's visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Secretary-General's remarks at Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Secretary-General inscription for Auschwitz guestbook
As Secretary-Genral of the United Nations, I am visiting Auschwitz death camp to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, a unique horror in human history with lessons for the entire world. The world must never forget the vile and methodical persecution and murder of millions of Jews, and the killing of Poles, Sinti and Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and so many others.

Educating the world about anti-Semitism, prejudice and the underlying causes of genocide honours the victims and helps fight the many faces of hatred today. The United Nations is strongly committed to the vital work of Holocaust remembrance and education, and to building a world of equality and dignity for all.

Inscription for Chevra Lomdei Mischnayot Synagogue and Kornreich house
I am honoured to visit this synagogue and learn about Jewish life in Poland before the cataclysm of the Holocaust. I am especially impressed to see the staying power of Jewish tradition and the rebirth of Jewish life. Coming at the end of a deeply moving visit to the Nazi death camp, I leave Auschwitz saddened but also with hope.

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