Awards for Volunteers. If Not for Those Ten...
Volunteers and representatives of institutions supporting volunteerism at the Memorial Site were honoured with the awards "If Not for Those Ten..." The award was presented at the 68th anniversary of the creation of the Museum on the grounds of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
During the awards ceremony, the director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Andrzej Kacorzyk thanked the volunteers. 'The volunteers help every day in different parts of the Museum. Their commitment can be seen among others in Conservation, Education, Collections, Archives, and the Library or in Administration. Through their work and assistance to the Museum’s employees, they contribute to sustaining the Memory of the Auschwitz. Thanks to their support we are able to fully pursue our educational activities and preserve the historical authenticity of the site and all post-camp objects,' said Andrzej Kacorzyk.
'The experience gained working in the museum leaves an indelible imprint in the minds of our students. It is important both for their human and professional development,' said dr. Natalia Timofiejewa, Director of the Regional Centre for Oral History in Voronezh at the award ceremony.
'Last year, nearly 300 volunteers and interns from i.a. Poland, Germany, the United States, Canada, Norway, Russia and Colombia worked at the Museum. Nearly 50 of them were involved in the commemoration of the 69th anniversary and preparations for this year’s 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the German Nazi Auschwitz camp,' said Agnieszka Juskowiak-Sawicka from the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
The award of the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum "If Not for Those Ten..." is presented once every year to celebrate the anniversary of the creation of the Museum on July 2, 1947. The award is given to outstanding volunteers and coordinators of the voluntary service. The award is in the shape of a glass statue, to which an official letter is attached. The obverse side of the statue bears the inscription in Polish and English "If Not for Those Ten....”
Winners of the award "If Not for Those Ten..." in 2015.
Jolanta Bąk – coordinator of volunteer work at the Stanisław Konarski Secondary School in Oświęcim. Thanks to the director of the school, for several years the students have been providing support in the organization of subsequent anniversaries of the liberation of Auschwitz and other activities of the Museum.
Katarzyna Chiżyńska – volunteer at the Research Centre. Works she performed, include among others preparing notes from several volumes of memoirs by former prisoners. She also participated in the preparations for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
Agata Czajkowska – volunteer at the Archives. Since 2010, she has been performing transcriptions of the accounts of former prisoners.
Klaudia Dłużak – volunteer. On three occasions, she assisted in the organization of the anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
Ganna Gawrylina – volunteer at the Secretariat. She helped among others in the organization of the 69th and 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. She also performed translations in Russian.
Karianne Hansen – volunteer at the Research Centre. She conducted a preliminary research in the Archives, searching for information on prisoners from the Nordic countries. She also translated a Norwegian literature on the history of the Auschwitz. She was also involved in the organization of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
Julia Heuck – volunteer at the Research Centre. She was responsible, among others for transcription and amendments to the German accounts in the Museum Archives.
Sarah Seiselmayer – conservation volunteer in the years 2013 - 14. She also helped in the organization of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
Natalia Timofiejewa – coordinator of the cooperation between the Regional Centre for Oral History in Voronezh and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Every year, 2 students from Voronezh come to the Museum for a month of volunteer service at the Archive, Research Centre and Library.
Katarzyna Zięba – volunteer at the secretariat. She was involved among others in organizational work for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, as well as current activities of the secretariat.