- Title: Auschwitz exhibits conserved ahead of 75th anniversary of camp's liberation
- Date: 9th October 2019
- Summary: OSWIECIM, POLAND (OCTOBER 3, 2019) (REUTERS) LEAVES ON BARBED WIRE FENCE BARBED WIRE FENCE, VISITORS WALKING GUARD TOWER AND BARBED WIRE FENCE, VISITORS WALKING BUILDINGS AT AUSCHWITZ I MUSEUM, BARBED WIRE FENCE WITH SIGN READING (German/Polish): "STOP"
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2019 11:55
- Keywords: Oswiecim Poland Auschwitz conservation work historical restoration museum maintenance
- Location: OSWIECIM, POLAND
- City: OSWIECIM, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA003B0DM53T
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- Story Text: Conservation work is underway at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on exhibits and camp buildings ahead of the 75th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation in January 2020.
Every day, a team of twenty museum conservators work on the camp's buildings and thousands of prisoner items on exhibit, in order to preserve them in the exact state as they were found and maintain their authenticity.
Restoration of the crumbling walls of the prisoner barracks built on wetlands, often with used bricks is a major challenge, Andrzej Cyran, the camp's conservator says.
But for conservationists working at the camp's laboratory to restore prisoners' shoes, prostheses, glasses, hair or suitcases is more than a technical challenge, it is often a harrowing personal experience.
It is estimated that over 1.1 million Jews, Poles, Gypsies and people of other nationalities were killed at Auschwitz concentration camp, which was established by Nazi Germany in 1940.
Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet forces on January 27th, 1945 and the Museum estimates that next year's commemoration will see over 120 survivors and dozens of heads of state participate in the official event.
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