MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS | International Educational Conference “Auschwitz - Never again! – Really?” - 1-4 July 2019.

10-04-2019
“Auschwitz - Never again! – Really?” - is the motto of the International Educational Conference, which will take place from 1-4 July 2019 at the Auschwitz Memorial. The topics of lectures and discussions will concern education in the context of preventing genocide and crimes against humanity. We began Call for Papers for the panel "History is repeating. From the past to the present. From the present to the past."

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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History and the Present

Education – History and the Present

From the beginning of the existence of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim educational work and informing people was treated as a priority; however, in the first post-war years this was mainly to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims under the care of a Museum guide.

Many years’ experience in this area has provided a firm basis for further development, improved educational activities within the framework of the International Center for Education Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

During more than 60 years of its existence, the Museum has created a solid base to enable the pursuit of such activities. The artifacts stored and collected here are not only typical museum exponents, but they are also items belonging to the murdered that were found after the liberation, including personal mementos left behind by deportees. Moreover, the Museum has in its possession art created in the camp by prisoners during its operation, and also, art created after the war by former prisoners and other artists.

Of particular importance are archival documents, which are the source of information about prisoners and the victims of Auschwitz for their next of kin, a base for studies and research work of scholars and students of many specialties. There is also a well-stocked library, with 30 thousand volumes in various languages, as well as a multimedia library that is available to anyone interested in the subject of Auschwitz and the Holocaust. The foundation of educational work is research conducted for decades by the Museum along with the publications dedicated to the history of Auschwitz.

Both permanent and temporary exhibits are created to not only inform, but to bring the visitor closer to the subject of different national groups, whose tragic fates were tied to Auschwitz, and also to have an emotional impact by gaining knowledge about the tragedy on the individual and social level.

The Center builds on the educational work done by the Museum up to this time, in close cooperation with various departments and adjusts its work according to contemporary needs and social requirements that arise in the 21st century.