MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Volunteers of the Memorial honoured with the awards “If Not for Those Ten... ”

04-07-2019
At the 72nd anniversary of creation of the Museum at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, volunteers and representatives of institutions supporting voluntary work at the Memorial were honoured with the awards “If Not for Those Ten...”. Among them there were persons from Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, the United States, Japan.

Seminar in collaboration with the academic centre for oral history in Voronezh

01-05-2019
The International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust has organised for the seventh time, in cooperation with the Academic Centre for Oral History in Voronezh, a seminar for teachers and educators from Russia entitled “Auschwitz - history and symbol” The project, which took place between 15 and 18 April 2019, involved 22 people from different Russian cities.

ICEAH seminar in Ukraine for Polish teachers and educators

08-04-2019
"Studying the Holocaust for the development of an atmosphere of tolerance" is the title of a seminar addressed to Polish educators, held on 24-29 March 2019 in the Dniepr and Kiev. It was attended by 22 people, teachers and guide (educators) of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

International Summer Academy 2019 in English and German - Call for Participants

27-02-2019
The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust is opening the application session to participate in the 7th edition of the International Summer Academy. This English-speaking program will take place from 20 to 27 July 2019 and the German-speaking from 17 to 23 August 2019 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The seminar is addressed to teachers, educators, historians, employees of memorial sites, students and all those interested in the history of WWII and the Holocaust.

Educational challenges in authentic memorial sites

17-10-2018
The results of the three-year project “The Future of Auschwitz and the Holocaust Education in Authentic Memorial Sites” implemented by the Auschwitz Museum and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam were summarised during an international conference held at the Book Gallery in Oświęcim from 10-12 October.
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Act of Foundation

Sixty years have gone by since the cessation 
of the criminal machinery of the Holocaust and the torment 
of the concentration camps.

The years are passing.
There are fewer and fewer of us
who survived the concentration camp,
who profoundly understand its message and significance. 

The years are passing.
Today – again – hatred and contempt are being propagated.
Again nations are dying.
Again the hydra of anti-Semitism and xenophobia is being born.

Upbringing and education on the subject of Auschwitz
and the Holocaust should save man today, Europe and the
world of today.
This education and this upbringing are born in our memories
and in our commemoration of the victims. There are fewer and
fewer of us.

Soon our burden shall be completely taken over by historians,
scholars, teachers and educators.
We turn to them and ask them to:

  • convey the memory of the victims of Auschwitz and the Holocaust,
  • deepen an understanding of the mechanisms of hatred and contempt,
  • perceive new threats,
  • prevent them by developing dialogue and cooperation.

Tombs arouse pensiveness. There are no tombs here.
At the site of this atrocity, pensiveness must give way to
responsibility. For the soil shall not conceal the blood 
of the victims, and their cries shall not cease.
Today, education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust
shall convey this cry to all generations.

May this task, which the new generations are acquiring to their
Consciences, become a source of hope to you and your children.

January 27, 2005
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim.Sixty years have gone by since the cessation