On 26 January, a concert was held at the IYMC on the occasion of the 78th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz, organised by the German Consulate in Krakow and the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim Foundation under the patronage of Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the anti-Semitism commissioner of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The concert was conducted by Dr Roman Salyutov, conductor of the Bergisch Gladbach Symphony Orchestra, and he was accompanied by Alexander Lifland (violin) and Lev Gordin (cello). Together they performed works by Dmitrij Szostakowicz, Viktor Ullman and Ernest Bloch, among others.
As a special surprise for the guests of the event, the musicians brought a violin of a Holocaust victim with them, which once belonged to the musician Igor-Itzchak Orloff and was played again for the first time after 78 years. Between the pieces, the musicians shared the history of the violin with the guests present, who included Consul General Dr. Michael Groß, the delegations of the Dachau and Oświęcim District Offices, Mr. Andrzej Tombinski and students from the Georg-Christoph Lichtenberg School in Kassel.