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Auschwitz in the context of the prevention of crimes of genocide


Nearly 50 diplomats and representatives of the governments from around the world took part in the Raphael Lemkin Seminar which was organised by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) in collaboration with the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the United Nations.

The theme of the seminar is the prevention of crimes of genocide. Participants visited the Auschwitz Memorial Site and learned about the issues shaping the Nazi ideology and the course of the process of the final solution of the Jewish question. Their visit to the Museum was also an opportunity to get to know the philosophy of education provided by the ICEAH.

“The Raphael Lemkin Seminar is one of the most important educational projects implemented by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum,” said Andrzej Kacorzyk, deputy director of the Museum. “This project is a kind of bridge between the past and the problems of the contemporary world,” he added.

We are very pleased that we have two important partners, which are the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the United Nations,” said Tibi Galis, Executive Director of the AIPR.

“Being in a place that is related to such an enormous crime is an overwhelming experience,” said Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, one of the observers of the seminar and permanent representative of Jordan to the UN. “I encourage everyone to visit the site, which is of important significance to the history of twentieth-century Europe and the whole world,” he stressed.

“I think that the organisation of such seminars is extremely important, as they relate to the issues of prevention and the deterrence of crime,” said Christian Wenaweser, ambassador and permanent representative of Liechtenstein to the UN. “People need more education on this subject,” he stressed.

Raphael Lemkin Seminar

The aim of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention is to raise awareness among mid-level government employees from around the world on the issue of genocide, including the political, economic and humanitarian consequences. New York philanthropist Fred Schwartz is the originator and sponsor of these seminars, and the first seminar was held in 2008.

Participants of the seminar during visit in Auschwitz Memorial. Photo. B. Bartyzel
Participants of the...