"It's an extremely new
perception of an exhibition. It doesn't tell a story like in a history
book. It's a very strong place for education, for conveying awareness of
the Holocaust," says Piotr Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau
Museum, ahead of the opening of a permanent exhibition named "Shoah"
in the death camp's Jewish block, which will be inaugurated Thursday in
the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 1978, the Polish
authorities decided to turn Block 27 in Auschwitz into an exhibition
dedicated to the Jewish victims of the death and concentration camp.
Although one million of the 1.2 million people murdered in the camp were
Jewish, its communist liberators concealed that painful fact and the
exhibition referred to all the murdered as victims of Fascism.