Auschwitz director: Time for change

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has a new director.
Piotr Cywinski, appointed in September, replaced Jerzy Wroblewski, who served in the position 16 years.

Fresh from a visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the new director, who took over last week, said the Auschwitz museum is in need of a makeover.

“I want to renew the main exhibition, which is about 50 years old. It’s time to speak differently about this history,â€? said Cywinski, 34, a Pole active in Polish-Jewish dialogue who was a member of the Auschwitz International Council before taking the museum job.

The museum is known for its repository of prisoner artifacts, including some 2,000 private photographs that once belonged to prisoners, 8,000 letters and postcards sent by prisoners from the camp and 70,000 death certificates