History of the Auschwitz Killing Center

On November 17, 2000, the Commission presented the English translation of a detailed account of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The New York Times called the five volumes “the most complete and authoritative history of the vast killing center for the Nazi extermination of the Jews."  Entitled, "Auschwitz:1940-1945," an initial version of the books was published in Polish in 1995. The books were subsequently published in German.

Then Commission Member Warren L. Miller raised the funds for the English translation, which was published by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in cooperation with the Commission. The 1,799-page work contains several thousand footnotes, diagrams, photographs and copies of Nazi documents.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, located in southern Poland, was the largest Nazi German concentration camp and the largest center for the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust. Approximately 1.6 million people were killed  at Auschwitz, of which, it was estimated, up to 1.5 million were Jews.

News Reports

Auschwitz Revisited: The Fullest Picture  New York Times, Jan. 28, 2001

Keeping Memories Alive.  GWU Magazine, Aug. 2001