MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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.

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.
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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.