The County authorities took over the museum from the Oświęcim District in July of this year, in so doing expanding the circle of cultural institutions in Western Małopolska. An agreement was signed on 31 August between the Lesser Poland County and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, attended by Minister Piotr Gliński, Marshal Witold Kozłowski, Iwona Gibas from the County Board and Monika Gubała, Director of the Department of Culture and National Heritage at the Ministry of Culture.
As Marshall Witold Kozłowski emphasised, the handover of this institution, and now the decision to co-manage it with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, is a great opportunity for the museum.
“The museum gains new opportunities for development especially thanks to a significant increase in the subsidy from the budget of both organisers, and also through the possibility of broader cooperation with other institutions of the Małopolska County in holding cultural events,” said the Marshal of Małopolska.
“As a resident of the Oświęcim District, I am proud that we can boast of yet another wonderful place established to commemorate the history of the residents of Western Małopolska,” added Iwona Gibas of the County Board.
The mission of the Remembrance Museum of the Land of Oświęcim Residents is to carry out activities to commemorate the inhabitants of the Land of Oświęcim, with particular emphasis on the period of World War II and the aid they often risked their lives to render to the prisoners of KL Auschwitz.