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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How to Prepare Students for Visits to the Auschwitz Memorial

How to Prepare Students for Visits to the Auschwitz Memorial

The European pack for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is a lengthy English-language resource targeting teachers and advisors planning visits to the Auschwitz Memorial. It is the result of several years of work by specialists from the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Council of Europe, and the Polish Ministry of National Education.

The publication is the result of a several year undertaking by professionals from the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Council of Europe as well as the Polish Ministry of Education.

In this book you will find not only all the necessary practical information about organizing the visit, but above all, texts and historical materials, lesson plans, and information about the contemporary meaning and functioning of the Auschwitz Memorial.

The first part of the book is devoted to preparing for the visit. This includes, what students should know before they come to the Memorial, what emotions they will have to cope with during the tour, and how a meeting with a witness of history can be useful — these are just a few of the topics touched upon.

In the second part, which concerns the visit to Auschwitz, there is information concerning the history of the Museum, the activities of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and other educational institutions functioning around the Memorial Site, and a brief description of the Museum's exhibition. One of the chapters is devoted to the basic problems that may arise during the visit, including both the organizational and emotional issues.

What to do once the group returns from their visit to the Memorial Site is the subject of the third part the publication. Among the subjects addressed in this section are topics, such as, creating a summary of the group’s visit, suggestions for interdisciplinary projects that take place at the intersection between the history of Auschwitz and the modern world. There are also several lesson plans, including, "What to do with what you learned in Auschwitz."

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The European pack for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum can be purchased at the official online bookstore of the Council of Europe .


Contents

Preamble and acknowledgements

Auschwitz — The European dimension

The symbolism of Auschwitz and its universal message

1. Before the visit
1.1. What preparations need to be made for visiting Auschwitz and why?
1 .2. The problem of age and coping with emotion as a visitor to Auschwitz 
1.3. What do students need to know before the visit?
1.4. Organising workshops to prepare students for the visit
1.5. Meeting a survivor as part of the preparatory process
1.6. Visiting Cracow and Oswiecim as a way of learning more about the culture of Polish Jews in the context of Polish history
1.7. How should you plan a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum? 
1.8. Activity — How could people create such a fate for others?
1.9. Activity — Functions of "Auschwitz Concentration Camp"
1 10. Activity — Individual and collective meaning of a visit to Auschwitz
1.11. Activity — Coping with emotions at Auschwitz
1.12. Activity — Photographs of Auschwitz
1.13. Activity — Documentary films about Auschwitz

2. During the visit 
2.1. Who created the museum, and why?
2.2. Educational work and programmes offered by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim 
2.3. A brief description of the exhibits at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim
2.4. Visiting the museum
2.5. What is appropriate behaviour while visiting Auschwitz?
2.6. What are the main difficulties faced during visits to Auschwitz?
2.7. International youth meetings in Oswiecim
2.8. Programmes offered by other Oswiecim-based institutions dealing with education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust

3. After the visit 
3.1. How to evaluate the visit
3.2. Getting back to normality after a visit to Auschwitz
3.3. Various activities for students after their visit to Auschwitz
3.4. Suggestions for interdisciplinary projects on the relationship between Auschwitz and the present day
3.5. Meeting a survivor
3.6. Activity — "There is a station they reach, from wherever they came..."
3.7. Activity — What to do with what we learn in Auschwitz
3.8. Activity — The fate of individual victims of Auschwitz in documents, testimonies and photographs

Editors' and authors' biographies