Together we
will preserve memory

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel
Nothing is more important for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz than having survivors of this horrible place present. They are the direct link, the witnesses to this atrocious crime. That is why I am willing to do whatever is needed to bring them back. Let the world see them, let the world hear them, let the world remember.
Ronald S. Lauder


The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with a special event at the site on January 27, 2020. The Anniversary Ceremony, which will be attended by survivors, their families, heads of state and world leaders, will be the central event of the 2020 International Holocaust

Remembrance Day observance across the globe. In 2015, the 70th anniversary commemoration ceremony was attended by almost 300 Auschwitz Survivors, more than 50 international government delegations, and leaders of international, social and religious organizations. This meaningful event was broadcast live in its entirety by more than 250

television stations from around the world. Data compilation indicates that more than half a billion people viewed the direct transmission, and press accounts of the observances reached 1,752,000,000 readers.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation will be actively involved in the preparations for the anniversary and in organizing the funding for the participation of survivors and the facilitation of their travel to the ceremony.

Survivors’ Delegation

The survivors’ delegation for the 75th Anniversary is organized by the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation under the leadership of Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress and Chairman of the Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial Foundation.

Our goal is to bring 120 survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau from as many countries as possible to Poland for the January 27, 2020 commemoration. Each survivor will be accompanied by a companion, capable of acting as a caretaker.

We are looking to create 120 meaningful family stories to share with the world.


Participants share their journey to Auschwitz with family members and friends back in their home countries via videos and interviews.


The Survivors’ Delegation for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz Birkenau is organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation and made possible thanks to generous donations by:
Ronald S. Lauder*
Stefany and Simon Bergson
Andrea Goldrich Cayton* and Barry Cayton
Ulrika and Joel Citron*
Feldman, Katz, Pantirer, Pines, Schwartz and Zuckerman families
Pat and Andy Friendly
Senator Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski
Melinda Goldrich
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman
Shelley and Allan Holt
Andrew Intrater*
Harry Krakowski*
The Azrieli Foundation
Jeff Schoenfeld
Irv Shappell
Mickey Shapiro
Susan Sterling
Mark Tsesarsky
Caryn and Howard Unger*
Jerry Wartski
Spencer Waxman
* ABMF Board Member

About the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF) is a group of historically minded individuals who believe that the existence of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, its authenticity, and its message will help prevent a reoccurrence of the hatred, racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia that led to the Holocaust.

Our Mission is to secure the preservation of the authentic remains of the former German Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and to seek Jewish voices of leadership for the future.

While the physical site of Auschwitz Birkenau is located in the Republic of Poland, Jewish voices have had an influence on critically important decisions pertaining to the preservation and conservation of the Site. Most of these voices belonged to the Survivors. As the generation of Holocaust eyewitnesses passes away, we are committed to continuing the financial support for the preservation efforts and providing leadership for the Site.

The Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation (formerly “Friends of Auschwitz Birkenau Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 2012.