WASHINGTON, DC, November 17 -- Officials from the U.S.
Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
presented to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum the newly
revised and just published English translation of the history
of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
"This monumental work is the most extensive and well
documented study in existence of the history of
Auschwitz," said Commissioner Warren L. Miller. "It
reflects years of meticulous research by the staff of the
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and broad international
consultation and cooperation in the exchange of
documents." The 1,800-page treatise contains several
diagrams, photographs and copies
The five-volume work was presented by Chairman Michael
Lewan and Commissioner Miller to the Chair of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Council Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Chair
Emeritus Miles Lerman, and Museum Director Sarah Bloomfield.
Commissioner Miller raised the funds for the translation,
which was published by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in
cooperation with the U.S. Commission. Museum historians at
Auschwitz received significant assistance from the Holocaust
Museum in Washington, Yad Vashem Memorial Institute in
Jerusalem, and noted Holocaust scholars from around the world.
Rabbi Greenberg stated, "This work is very important
to the Museum, to research scholars at universities throughout
the U.S. and to all who are concerned how and why the
Holocaust was carried out. We need to get these volumes to the
key members of Congress, the Administration and the
Entitled Auschwitz: 1940-1945, the books were
originally published in Polish in 1995 and subsequently
republished in German. Since then, they have received broad
acclaim from scholars worldwide. The English version
incorporates new findings of fact based upon documents made
available to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum from Russian
Auschwitz-Birkenau, located in southern Poland, was the
largest Nazi concentration camp and the largest center for the
mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust. Approximately
1,100,000 people were murdered at Auschwitz, of which 1
million were Jews.
The Commission, comprised of 17 Presidential appointees, is
a government agency charged with assisting the nations of
Central and Eastern Europe with efforts to preserve and
protect cultural heritage of importance to American citizens.
In doing so, the Commission negotiates and signs diplomatic
agreements, conducts surveys of the condition of certain
cultural sites, and encourages the preservation of specific
CAPTION FOR PICTURE ABOVE: Attending the presentation
of the five-volume treatise, Auschwitz: 1940-1945, are
(from left to right) Sarah Bloomfield, Rabbi Irving Greenberg,
Miles Lerman, Warren Miller, Michael Lewan. (Photo
courtesy of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)