MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Call for participants: "Shaping the memory about Auschwitz and the Holocaust 75 years after the liberation"

05-03-2020
We are pleased to announce the seminar for graduates of the ICEAH projects “Shaping the memory about Auschwitz and the Holocaust 75 years after the liberation” organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It will take place on August 1-8, 2020. Application deadline is April 15, 2020. Results of the recruitment process will be announced till April 20, 2020.

An invitation for the conference "Challenges of education in an authentic memorial site. Activities of the ICEAH""

13-02-2020
Due to the 15th anniversary of its establishing the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (ICEAH) invites to attend a conference “Challenges of education in an authentic memorial site. Activities of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust” that will take place on July 1-4, 2020 in a new building of the Centre.

New online lesson: Jews from the Litzmannstadt Ghetto in KL Auschwitz

13-01-2020
"Jews from the Lodz Ghetto in KL Auschwitz" is a new online lesson prepared by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. Its author is Dr. Adam Sitarek, from the Center for Jewish Research at the University of Łódź. The lesson is available in Polish, English and Hebrew.

A new perspective for education at the Memorial. Adaptation work has been completed at the new seat of the Education Center.

04-10-2019
The project for the conversion of the historical building of the so-called Old Theatre into the new seat of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was officially completed on 3 October after several years of efforts and more than two years of construction and conservation work.

“Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at Authentic Memorial Sites...” - post-conference publication

27-09-2019
“Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at Authentic Memorial Sites. Current Status and Future Prospects” is a new publication by the Auschwitz Museum. It is a summary of the international conference which was held in Oświęcim on 10-12 November 2018.
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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.

The recapitulation includes a discussion about what the pupils saw and what they experienced when staying at the area of the former camp. They should also think about their impressions and emotions, articulate them and try to confront them with prior expectations. It is important that during the discussion, the young people are able to talk in an open way about the dilemmas, differences in opinions and controversies which arose during the visit.

The recapitulating discussion may be treated as an introduction to broader educational activities in the area of the school. This is particularly important in case  a visit was a part of a thematic educational project. In such cases, after returning, the pupils, under the teacher’s supervision, prepare the results of their work, evaluate them and then present them in class or at school. Therefore, a visit at the Memorial Site may be ended with a report or an essay, a film, preparation of an exhibition of paintings or photographs or recital of poems written by pupils.

The consequence of the educational visit at the Auschwitz Memorial Site is a reflection on the causes of genocide and crime against humanity, as well as the ways of preventing them. Thence, a discussion on the modern forms of xenophobia, intolerance, prejudices and persecution is necessary. It is necessary to conduct it in a manner that the historical references to Auschwitz have a current context and become a starting point for the analysis of such phenomena nowadays. An important issue is making the young people aware of the fact that the memory about the tragic events from the time of German Nazism and the times of WWII should, in consequence, lead to adoption of responsibility for other people. Drawing conclusions will make it easier for young people to get better orientation in the modern world. The stance, shaped in this manner, will enable them to reflect upon and to counteract the phenomena which today may lead to violation of human rights and crimes.