The "Ex-Yugoslav" Pavilion at Ausschwitz - Birkenau
This initiative is organized within UNESCO’s framework initiative “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, which seeks to promote creativity and cultural heritage in all its forms as a powerful and unique tool for sustainable social, economic and human development. It addresses more particularly UNESCO’s overall mission to promote Holocaust education, as well as the role of museums as tools for intercultural understanding, research and dialogue.
The goal of the project is to create in what used to be the “Yugoslav Pavilion” (Block 17) of the Auschwitz museum a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust in the territories of ex-Yugoslavia and deportations to Auschwitz. UNESCO is coordinating and leading this initiative involving the 6 successor states (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) gathered in an international steering group. The project involves international experts representing the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington D.C.), the Shoah Memorial (Paris), the Topography of Terror Foundation (Berlin), the National Fund for Victims of National Socialism (Austria), and the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland).
The project is supported by the UNESCO Venice Office and UNESCO Section of Education for Peace and Human Rights through UNESCO’s Intersectoral Platform for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.