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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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Workshops

Interactive classes conducted by the Auschwitz Museum educators which are a supplement for the exhibition and the former camp areas. Each workshop begins with introduction to a given subject, yet the fundamental part is work in groups (analysis and interpretation of documents, photographs and source texts), reporting on the assigned tasks by the participants and a recapitulative discussion under the educator’s supervision. The workshops are intended for school youth, students and teachers.

Duration of workshops: 1.5 h

Cost: PLN 338 in foreign language

Contact:
Visitor Services
Marta Ortman, Barbara Gębołyś-Warmbier, Katarzyna Bisaga
e-mail: study.visits@auschwitz.org
tel. (+48) 33 844 8096 lub (+48) 33 844 8101

Archival Documents as Evidence of Crime (The Structure of KL Auschwitz Camp Administration)

Workshops presenting selected documents sets that bear witness to the functions of the camp and constitute evidence of the crimes committed in Auschwitz. The aim is to show the history of Auschwitz through the presentation and analysis of selected documents preserved in the Archives.

Languages: Polish, English, German
 

Children and Young People in Auschwitz

There were more than 200 thousand children and young people of various nationalities among the deportees to Auschwitz. Participants use selected documents referring to Polish, Jewish, and Roma children and young people to reconstruct their stories from the moment of deportation. The goal of the workshops, on the one hand, is to show that the deportees included not only adults but also children and young people, sometimes the same age as the participants, whose childhood and youth were so radically different. The workshops also aim to contrast the fate of the children with that of the camp population at large. Participants work in groups and then present their results, followed by summing up and discussion.

Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students
Language: Polish, English, German
 

Deportees from France

Workshop at the exhibition in block no. 20

The purpose of the workshop is to teach about the course of the deportation of Jews from France and their extermination in Auschwitz, as well as the persecution of political opponents. The story is told through the life stories of concrete individuals of various ages, representing different groups of victims. The workshop also covers the story of the Jewish children exterminated in Auschwitz from 1942 to 1944.

The workshop has a theoretical component—a brief introduction to the exhibition—and a practical component. Participants work in groups on subjects set by a professional from the staff, and then share their findings in presentations lasting several minutes. The workshop ends with a summing-up and explication of the most difficult issues.

Languages: French
 

Escapes from Auschwitz as a Form of Resistance

Escapes were one form of resistance in the camp. There were over 800 escape attempts. Who initiated them, and how were they organized? Were all escapes planned, or were some spontaneous? What was the goal? The workshop attempts to answer these questions.

The extant documents make it possible to attempt a reconstruction. One example is the escape of two young people, the Polish Jew Mala Zimetbaum and the Pole Edek Galiński, who met in the camp, fell in love, and resolved to get out. Their escape failed. However, another young couple, the Polish Jew Cyla Cybulska (in camp under the name Cyla Stawiska) and the Pole Jerzy Bielecki. They escaped and survived. The participants work in groups and present their results in a general forum. As a supplement, the film Eine Liebe im KZ, about the escape by Zimetbaum and Galiński, may be shown.

Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students
Language: German
 

Function and Meaning of Art in KL Auschwitz

Workshops presenting selected works of art and utensils created by Auschwitz prisoners. The goal is familiarization with the conditions under which Auschwitz prisoners made art, through the presentation and analysis of selected art works.

Languages: Polish, English
 

Men and Women SS Perpetrators in Auschwitz

The workshop aims at familiarization with selected profiles of SS men and female SS supervisors on the basis of the extant documentation. There is a general introduction to the archival resources, followed by a brief description of the origin and nature of the SS, the people who joined it, and the role that the organization played in the Third Reich police system.

Participants work in three sub-groups, focusing on SS men who held particular posts in Auschwitz (Rudolf Höss, Pery Broad, Johannes Thuemmler), on SS  physicians (Mengele, Schumann, Clauberg), and on female SS supervisors (Maria Mandel, Theresa Brandl).

The groups present their work in an open forum. Beyond individual study of the extant records, the workshop aims at analyzing the motivation for actions by specific SS men and women within the camp system. The group working on the doctors pays special attention to the things they did in the light of the Hippocratic oath. Aside from documents, participants also have access to photographs and films that shed light on the subject.

Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students
Language: German
 

Prisoners from Bohemia

Workshop at the exhibition in block no. 16

The workshop concentrates on the stories of Czech citizens in the changing political situation from the Munich Conference of 1938 through the dissolution of Czechslovakia and the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia by Nazi Germany in the spring of 1939, up to liberation in 1945. During the workshop, the greatest emphasis is placed on the persecution and extermination of Jews from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and the history of the Theresienstadt ghetto and the family camp in Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Numerous powerfully expressive drawings by Jewish children underline the tragic stories of the victims as found in documents, photographs, and eyewitness accounts.

The workshop has a theoretical component—a brief introduction to the exhibition—and a practical component. Participants work in groups on subjects set by a professional from the staff, and then share their findings in presentations lasting several minutes. The workshop ends with a summing-up and explication of the most difficult issues.

Languages: Polish, English
 

Pseudo-medical Experiments in Auschwitz

A number of SS physicians carried out pseudo-medical experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz. They included Dr. Josef Mengele, who experimented on twins and others, Professor Carl Clauberg, who carried out the experimental sterilization of women, and Dr. Horst Schuman, who sterilized men.

After a general introduction to the subject, participants use documents, including accounts by the prisoners who fell victim to these experiments, to explore the issue in depth. The session shows the degree to which the SS doctors violated professional ethics, including the Hippocratic oath, by destroying people’s lives instead of saving them. It also considers the circumstances under which a doctor has the right to say “no.”

Participants work in groups and then present their results, followed by summing up and discussion. The workshop ends with a showing of excerpts from the film Kinder des Feuers: Zwillinge von Auschwitz, featuring interviews with twins who were the victims of Dr. Mengele’s experiments.

Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students

Language: Polish, English, German
 

Seeking Vestiges

The workshop covers research for the Seeking Vestiges project and includes searches for documents in the archive that shed light on the stories of Poles, Sinti and Roma, and Jews deported to Auschwitz from various starting points.

The work begins with a search of the name and subject indexes. (When possible, it is helpful to supply names and information about the deportees in advance.) A very brief description of the archival holdings precedes the discussion of specific groups deported to Auschwitz and associated issues, as well as the presentation of relevant documents and individual work with them.

The material available includes documents and illustrations. The aim of the workshop is to reconstruct the stories of people deported to the camp.

Participants work in groups, which present their findings in a general forum, followed by summing up and answers to questions. The summing up may be accompanied by the showing in whole or in part of films connected with the subject under discussion.

Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students

Language: German
 

Extermination of Hungarian Jews

Workshop at the exhibition in block no. 18

The purpose of the workshop is to teach about the history of the Jewish community in Hungary during the interwar period and World War II. The main themes covered in the workshop are, above all, discrimination against the Jews in Hungary in the context of the anti-Jewish laws under the government of Admiral Horthy and the so-called Arrow Cross movement, the deportation of Jews from Hungary, and the largest extermination operation in Auschwitz, in the spring and summer of 1944. Participants learn about the tragic fate of the Jews of Hungary by analyzing photographs, accounts, film excerpts, and maps.

The workshop has a theoretical component—a brief introduction to the exhibition—and a practical component. Participants work in groups on subjects set by a professional from the staff, and then share their findings in presentations lasting several minutes. The workshop ends with a summing-up and explication of the most difficult issues.

Languages: Polish, English, German
 

The Destruction of the European Roma

Workshop at the exhibition in block no. 13

The workshop is dedicated to the fate of the European Roma with special attention to the persecution of the Roma nation in the Third Reich and during World War II. The i prewar life of the Roma, the progressive marginalization of and institutional discrimination against them after the rise to power of the national socialists, and the organization and execution of their extermination in the satellite and German-occupied countries are all taken into account.

The workshop has a theoretical component—a brief introduction to the exhibition—and a practical component. Participants work in groups on subjects set by a professional from the staff, and then share their findings in presentations lasting several minutes. The workshop ends with a summing-up and explication of the most difficult issues.

Languages: Polish, English, German
 

The Struggle and Martyrdom of the Poles from 1939-1945

The workshop is dedicated to the period of the war and occupation in Poland. The workshop addresses the issue of the Nazi policy of persecuting Poles and the plans for the extermination of the Polish people. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the participants, especially those from other countries, about the situation in occupied Poland and the various methods of fighting for independence, above all through the Polish resistance movement.

The workshop has a theoretical component—a brief introduction to the exhibition—and a practical component. Participants work in groups on subjects set by a professional from the staff, and then share their findings in presentations lasting several minutes. The workshop ends with a summing-up and explication of the most difficult issues.

Languages: Polish, English
 

Additional workshops

- Daily camp life perpetuated in the work of prisoners (Polish, English),

- The administrative organisation of the KL Auschwitz camp (English, Polish),

- Extermination of Jews in the Auschwitz camp (English, Polish),

- The administrative organisation of the KL Auschwitz camp (English, Polish),

- Organization of writers' chambers in KL Auschwitz (German),

- National exhibitions at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (English, Polish),

- Citizens of the USSR in KL Auschwitz (English, Polish),

- Polish and Jewish population under German occupation (English, Polish),

- Persecution and deportation of Jews from the Netherlands in the years 1940-45 (English, Polish),

- Preparation for a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (English, Polish),

- Auschwitz camp experience - in private literature (English, Polish),

- Cam music and orchestra (German),

- The resistance movement in KL Auschwitz (German),

- Preliminary research on locals - searching for traces of residents deported to Auschwitz - based on surviving documents (German),

- The fates of selected persons deported to KL Auschwitz (German),

- The career of an SS - Unterscharfürer (German),

- Students of Maurerschule (brickwork school) in KL Auschwitz (German),

- Reconstruction of the fate of prisoners based on the document "Book of block 4" Auschwitz (German),

- Patients and camp hospital staff on the example of block 28 in KL Auschwitz (German),

- The faces of love (German),

- Mechelen transit camp - Auschwitz final station (German),

- From the Gypsy caravan to the Zigeunerfamilienlager in Auschwitz-Birkenau (German),

- The fate of Sonderkommando prisoners in KL Auschwitz-Birkenau (German),

- Remarkable manifestations of heroism at Auschwitz-Birkenau (German),

- Creators and musicians in Auschwitz-Birkenau (German),

- Reconstruction of the fate of the prisoner through the analysis of camp documents (German),

- Crematoria in Birkenau (Polish, Russian),

- Makeshift gas chambers in Birkenau (Polish, Russian),

- National Socialism Ideology and the implementation of the assumptions of the Nazi racial doctrine (Polish, German),

- Preliminary research on locals - searching for traces of residents deported to Auschwitz - based on surviving documents (German).