„Auschwitz – History and Symbolism” – Polish-Czech seminar is completed
In Terezin the seminar dedicated to the history of the extermination of the Jews prepared by Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site, Institute of National Remembrance and Terezin Memorial Site is now completed.
In the seminar participated 23 teachers and educators from Poland who deal with the history of Auschwitz camp, the Holocaust and World War 2. “The teachers took part in a study tour of the area of the former ghetto and the so called Small Fortress, which was a Gestapo prison in a time of war and a place of execution” said Adelina Hetnar-Michaldo, a coordinator of the program from International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. “They also participated in lectures, film projections and a meeting with dr Dagmara Lieblova, a witness to history” she added.
“The common project of Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Institute of National Remembrance and Terezin Memorial Site was a unique opportunity for better understanding of the history of Theresienstadt ghetto, as well as being in an authentic historical place” said Jiří Kleker, responsible for coordination of the project from Terezin Memorial Site.
The off-site seminar was the last part of the tripartite educational project for educators prepared by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Janusz Kurtyka Educational Centre of the Institute of National Remembrance and Terezin Memorial Site. During the first part of the project the teachers visited the former ghetto in Łódź and Kulmhof Museum in Chełmno near the Ner river. The second part of the project took place in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site, where the participants had an opportunity to visits the area of former Nazi German Auschwitz Concentration and Extermination Camp and to take part in lectures and workshops devoted to the history of the Holocaust.
Since November 1941 Terizin was a place of concentration of Jews from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, area of the Third Reich, The Netherlands, Denmark, Slovakia and Hungary. More than 88 thousand people were sent from Theresienstadt ghetto to Auschwitz. The place is connected with a history of family camp for the Jews from Terizin, which was created in September 1943 in the section BIIb of Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. In July this year falls the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the camp.