AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

ICEAH – General Information

The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust

The International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was established in 2005 and constitutes and integral part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Its activities include educating about the history of the Holocaust and the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. It teaches about the tragic fate of Jews, Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war as well as about the fate of all other groups of Victims incarcerated and murdered in Auschwitz.

The activities carried out by the Centre for Education are aimed at pupils and students as well as teachers and pedagogues and representatives of different professions, including also the groups of people “excluded” from the society. The Centre organizes among others study stays for the young, conferences, educational projects, trainings, courses, exhibitions as well as provides the access to self-education materials on the Internet.

The context of Auschwitz makes it possible to take a closer look at the challenges of the modern world. What is an individual compared to authority? What are human rights? How to recognize the first symptoms of them being limited? What can a man do in the face of totalitarianism? These are just some of the questions that hundreds of thousands of people visiting the Auschwitz Memorial each year ask themselves. Memorial Site Educators assist them in finding the answers. 

“We have to ask ourselves and the world a question, how much truth about the horrible experiences of totalitarianism did we manage to pass on to younger generations? I think a lot, but not enough. Here and now, as the last will and testament of the prisoners who will no longer be among us, we must make a decision about the opening of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.”

Władysław Bartoszewski, January 27, 2005