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Andrzej Kacorzyk was appointed the Deputy Director of the Museum

09-07-2012

Andrzej Kacorzyk was appointed the Deputy Director of the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the Memorial he will be responsible, among others for the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Exhibition Department as well as for the Visitors Services Section.

“For me it is a great challenge and commitment to all of those with whom I work but above all to the history of this place and its victims,” said Andrzej Kacorzyk.

In his opinion, education at the Memorial cannot be soulless. “Auschwitz should not only give rise to terror and horror. This place should lead to a profound and universal reflection on many levels but also to give hope and belief that after the Holocaust we can create a better world. Therefore, we must not forget about the whole emotional layer that even accompanies the stories of the camp by the fate of individual people,” he said.

Among the biggest challenges faced by him, Andrzej Kacorzyk mentioned above all the creation of the headquarter of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in a building called ‘the Old Theatre’. In his opinion, without it, the Centre will not be able to function normally.

According to Mr. Kacorzyk, one of the most important tasks of the educational work for the Memorial is an active move to the next generations of visitors. “A visit in an authentic place should be for them not only understandable and clear but first and foremost very crucial. Young people are the vast majority of people coming to the Museum. New technologies are part of their life therefore, I care about the expansion of e-learning projects,” he said. “ALso very important is the continuation and development of the specialized education programs for groups such as teachers, uniformed services, priests, or the people incarcerated in prisons,” he added.

Andrzej Kacorzyk was born in 1963. He graduated from the Pedagogical University of Opole, College of Foreign Languages in Bielsko-Biała and postgraduate studies in history and museum studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

He started working at the Museum in 1997. Initially, he was a guide and in February 1998 he started working in the Department of Education. In September 2001 he was appointed the head of the Education Centre. He was co-founder of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and was its organizational director. Since March 2010, he was Head of Visitor Services Section. In February 2012 he was appointed the acting Deputy Director of the Museum.

He was responsible among other things for the preparation of the anniversary celebrations of the liberation of Auschwitz in the years 2009-2012, the organization of an international educational conference on the 60th anniversary of the Museum, and the introduction of the headset visiting system for the tour groups. He was a co-founder of an educational project for young people "Auschwitz – My land. The History and Memory after 60 years," and the tour of the Memorial for people with intellectual disabilities, "Difficult, simple words."

Andrzej Kacorzyk. Photo: Bartosz Bartyzel
Andrzej Kacorzyk....