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MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Workshops

Interactive classes conducted by the educators of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust that supplement the visit to the former German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.

Each workshop is based on the active work of participants with testimonies, photographs or documents, complemented by historical texts. It aims at encouraging a deeper reflection about different aspects of the camp reality and, above all, the people who found themselves in this reality, pondering upon the individual dimension of the tragedy of Auschwitz, which encompasses the emotions and inner dilemmas of the people incarcerated in the camp.

Each workshop includes such elements as introduction to the topic, work in groups based on selected materials, presentation of the results and a recapitulative discussion led by an educator.

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

History Captured in Artifacts

The aim of this workshop is to teach about the history of the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp by analyzing chosen artifacts that once belonged to people deported to the camp. Participants will have a chance to see photographs of the unique collection of the Memorial. Every item chosen for this course is connected to the person’s fate and serves as a catalyst for discussion about the camp reality and individual experiences. The selected materials concern such topics as the fate of women and children, the Holocaust and persecution of Jews in the Third Reich and on the occupied territories, Sonderkommando, the persecution of members of the resistance, forced resettlement of civilian population, memory and remembrance.

Language: Polish, English, German.
Form: on site, online.

An Individual in the Face of the Camp Reality

The participants will learn about various attitudes the prisoners represented in the camp, such as morality, courage, or solidarity, as well as the continuous feelings of hunger, loneliness and humiliation that accompanied them. They will obtain this knowledge from the witnesses’ testimonies as well as the visit to the Memorial Site. The examples of individual experience will serve as a starting point to the discussion about the impact of the camp’s reality on the people imprisoned there, making the participants more sensitive to the fact that these individual experiences should be viewed in a wider context of this abnormal reality.

Language: Polish, English, German.
Form: on site, online.

Trauma – the Post-War Life of Former Prisoners

The moment of liberation was a turning point for prisoners, when they had to face both the consequences of their own camp experience and the reality of the post-war world. During the workshop, the participants will get to know the stories of people who survived the camp and spoke about their trauma, its impact on their private and professional lives as well as their ways of dealing with the challenges of the postliberation life. The selected materials concern such topics as the fate of women and children, the Holocaust and persecution of Jews in the Third Reich and on the occupied territories, Sonderkommando, pseudomedical experiments, the persecution of members of the resistance, forced resettlement of civilian population, camp escapes.

Language: Polish, English, German.
Form: on site, online.

"They Survived in Order to Live" – the World After Auschwitz

During the workshop, the participants will learn more about individual stories of Auschwitz survivors who, despite their camp syndrome and life challenges, engaged in building a better world. The discussion concerning life choices and the process of transforming trauma into activism will provide a deeper insight in the impact of Auschwitz and the Holocaust on the post-war world and the influence an individual can have on global processes.

The materials concern such topics as the fate of women and children, the Holocaust and persecution of Jews in the Third Reich and on the occupied territories, the persecution of members of the resistance, forced resettlement of civilian population, camp escapes, post-war trials, memory and remembrance.

Language: Polish, English, German.
Form: on site, online.

"Thou Shalt Not Be Indifferent!" – the Messages of Auschwitz Survivors

The workshop provides room for reflection on the meaning of the history Auschwitz in contemporary world. The participants will have the opportunity to hear the testimonies of survivors and discuss their messages for future generations. During the second part of the workshop, the participants will consider whether these messages are still relevant and how they themselves can engage in the activities that improve the world around them. The selected materials concern such topics as the fate of women and children, the Holocaust and persecution of Jews in the Third Reich and on the occupied territories, memory and remembrance.

Language: Polish, English, German.
Form: on site, online.

Propaganda in the Nazi Germany 1933-1945

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize the youth with the system of propaganda in a totalitarian state, as was the Third Reich. Using original visual materials, the participants will think about the definition of propaganda, pay attention to various means and the totalitarian nature of Nazi propaganda as well as discuss its influence on the society, while developing their skills of critical thinking and source analysis. The selected materials concern such topics as the Holocaust and persecution of Jews in the Third Reich and on the occupied territories, the persecution of disabled people, Hitlerjugend. Because of the difficulty of the texts and the complex source analysis, we recommend this workshop to the students of the higher levels of a secondary school or universities.

Language: Polish, German.
Form: on site, online.