Auschwitz Foundation - Unveiling of the “B” sculpture, January 30, 2014

The unveiling of the International Auschwitz Committee’s symbolic inverted “B” sculpture took place on Thursday January 30, in Brussels, in front of the European Parliament.



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On June 12, 2013, a symbolic statue representing the letter “B” that was intentionally positioned upside down by Auschwitz prisoners in the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei” over the entrance to the camp was presented by the International Auschwitz Committee.
The work bears an inscription by Roman Kent: “Remember: when injustices take place, when people are discriminated against and persecuted – never remain indifferent. Indifference kills.”
The monument was initially unveiled on Wittenbergplatz in Berlin, before travelling to several European cities. It will ultimately be installed at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The sculpture was unveiled in Brussels by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, on Thursday January 30, 2014, on the Place du Luxembourg, across from the European Parliament. The ceremony was graced by the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Germany and His Excellency the Ambassador of Poland.


Photo gallery of the inauguration of the “B” in Brussels, January 30, 2014


Photo gallery of the inauguration of the “B” in Berlin, June 12, 2013


Presentation in German on the International Auschwitz Committee website



31/01/2014 – Article by Christian Laporte, “Afin de ne jamais revivre l’horreur...” published in La Libre Belgique [So we never live that horror again...]

31/01/2014 – Article by Philippe Martin, “Avec un B inversé” published in L’Avenir [With an inverted B]

30/01/2014 – Article by Marc Metdepenningen “Le B inversé: un acte de résistance à Auschwitz” published in Le Soir [The inverted B: an act of resistance at Auschwitz]

30/01/2014 – Article “Une statue de la mémoire devant le parlement européen” published online on the website [A statue of remembrance in front of the European Parliament]

30/01/2014 – Report “Handover and unveiling of a statue by the The International Auschwitz Committee: extracts from the ceremony in presence of Martin SCHULZ, EP President” broadcast on the European Parliament's website


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