AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

Study visits

Study visits — general information

Visitors in Auschwitz Memorial photo:T. Pielesz
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The Centre for Education organizes one- and two-day study visits at the Memorial Site for school youth. Their purpose is making the participants acquainted with the subject matter and deepening the knowledge about WWII, Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

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Preparation

The first stage should include the organizational issues, substantive preparation, as well as emotional preparation of pupils. The idea of visiting the Auschwitz Memorial has to be discussed with the pupils and sometimes also with other teachers and parents (especially in the case of children younger than 13).

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Implementation

This stage is the most important part of the entire study visit project. It requires proper substantive and emotional involvement of everybody participating in the visit, i.e. the pupils, the teacher and the tour guide. The role of the teacher and the tour guide is to provide the young people with the conditions conducive for confronting the history and the message of the Memorial Site.

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Recapitulation

The purpose of the last stage of the study visit at the Auschwitz Museum and Memorial Site is enabling the participants to look from a distance at their experiences and the knowledge which they acquired during the visit. This usually takes place during the so-called recapitulating class that several scenarios are provided below.

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