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Auschwitz exhibition - 21.01.2009

Opening of the exhibition "From the Time of the Auschwitz Hell to the City of Peace - Oswiecim"
The Mayor of the Polish town of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) and chair of of CEMR twinning network, Janusz Marszalek, participated in the opening of the exhibition "From the Time of the Auschwitz Hell to the City of Peace - Oswiecim", at the European Parliament in Brussels, on.20 January 2009.
The exhibition was officially opened by the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering. It took place one week ahead of the Annual Commemoration of the Liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau and the City of Oswiecim. It aimed to present the initiative of building a Mound of Remembrance and Reconciliation.
The mound will be built between the former extermination camps: the KL Auschwitz I and the KL Auschwitz II - Birkenau. The idea was brought up in 1994 by an ex-prisoner of the KL Auschwitz and the Buchenwald, professor Józef Szajna.
The Mayor of Oswiecim, Janusz Marszalek said: We are all different, we have different attitudes towards faith and we have different opinions about the world. However, we should unite and reconcile towards Prof. Józef Szajna's noble idea. I would like to encourage the People of Good Will to participate in the idea of building the Mound of Remembrance and Reconciliation in Oœwiêcim - the City of Peace.
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