1.         Auschwitz Birkenau
German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) (Poland) (C 31)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/31/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1998-1998)
Total amount approved: USD 20,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/31/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Threat to the integrity of the property (tobacco factory project) (issue resolved)

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/31/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998

22nd extraordinary session of the Bureau in 1998:

The Bureau at its twenty-first session fully supported the ‘Declaration Concerning Principles for Implementation of Program Oswiecimski’ that had been signed by the Government of Poland, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the International Council of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the City of Oswiecim, that foresaw the preparation and implementation of the ‘Urban Master Plan for the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau’.

As a follow-up, Polish authorities requested the President of the Polish National ICOMOS Committee to chair and convene a meeting of experts. This meeting, organized with the support of the World Heritage Fund, took place on 2 and 3 June 1998 with, as the principal goal the presentation and analysis of studies and plans for the management of the area surrounding the Camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

A preliminary report of the meeting was received from the President of ICOMOS, Poland, on 7 October 1998, with the announcement that the final report is forthcoming.

Action Required

Decision required:
The Bureau may wish to examine information that may be made available during its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon. 

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1998

See draft decision below.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 22 COM VII.38

VII.38 Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Poland)

The Committee recalled that on 5 March 1997 a 'Declaration Concerning Principles for Implementation of Program Oswiecimski' was initialed by the Polish Government Plenipotentiary for the Government Strategic Plan for Oswiecim, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the International Council of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Mayor of Oswiecim in the presence of the President of Poland. The Committee took note of information provided by the Secretariat on the progress made in the implementation of the Declaration, particularly through an expert meeting that was held on 2 and 3 June 1998 on the spatial management of the area around the two Concentration Camps. It took note, furthermore, of the information provided by the Observer of Poland that further consultations are taking place with the participants of the expert meeting and that the Government of Poland will present a progress report. It requested the Polish authorities submit this report by 15 April 1999 for examination by the twenty-third session of the Bureau.

The Committee confirmed its support for the principles laid out in the Declaration of March 1997 and also confirmed its support that this process continues in a consensual manner among all parties involved. It expressed the belief that no steps should be made unless consensus is reached.

The Committee expressed its readiness to contribute to the implementation of this process, if required.