Good prospect for education at the Memorial. Prof. Piotr Gliński signed an agreement on the financing of the ICEAH HQ
On September 15, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński signed at the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum a funding agreement for the project of adapting the building of the so-called Old Theatre for the activities of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
The project received funding from the European Union within the framework of priority axis VIII ‘Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment for the period 2014-2020’. Its total cost is over PLN 30 million. EU support will exceed PLN 20 million. The decision on the funding of the project was taken on July 21.
Prof. Piotr Gliński, said that the new Center of Education is extremely important and necessary in such a special place. ‘The Center will be multiply the educational effects of the Museum and create modern conditions for education and transfer of the Holocaust memory, remembrance of the martyrdom of the Polish intelligentsia, and the fate of the citizens of other countries. It is our duty to those who died here. It is also our duty to society and to future generations,’ said
Prof. Piotr Gliński. ‘Memory is required to make it more sensible and smarter to live in the present and for us to create a better future. This is why there are such special places of memory, as the Auschwitz Museum that is changing and is more and more modern,’ stressed the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The new headquarters will house among others, a modern auditorium, a multimedia lecture hall, an exhibition space, a library and a workstation for independent research work.
‘A properly designed headquarters of the ICEAH is an essential tool for education. Upon commissioning, it will finally be possible to conduct the long-awaited introductory and evaluation classes, as well as supplementary classes for tours. The seminar areas will be filled up with discussions, questions, dialogue and reflection. In the Old Theatre, it will be possible to listen to the testimonies of witnesses of history. I would like the new Center to become a powerful educational center, a place where memory and consciousness of the crime will transform into a responsibility for the world, into respect for every person and every human life,’said the Director of ICEAH and Deputy Director of the Museum of Andrzej Kacorzyk.
In March this year, during the award of nominations to the members of the ICEAH Council, Prof. Glinski said: ‘The place we find ourselves today is the best place to search for these answers, to send a message into the world that good answers, although very difficult to find and sometimes even hard to accept, after all exist. It is the best place to educate about the obligations and choices of man. This is how I see the significance of the existence of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.’
The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was founded in 2005 and is an integral part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It deals with the teaching of the history of the Holocaust and the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It teaches about the tragic fate of Jews, Poles, the Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and the fate of all other groups of victims detained and murdered in Auschwitz.
The Center for Education conducts activities addressed to school youth, teachers and educators, for representatives of different professions, including the socially “excluded” groups. The Center organizes among others study stays for young people, conferences, educational projects, training, courses, and exhibitions as well as provides access to self-education materials on the Internet. In the previous year, more than 11 thousand participants attended all specialized educational projects of the ICEAH.
‘The education on the darkest moment in the history of humanity is today, the basis for understanding the world and providing an insight into their own choices and responsibility. For this reason, year after year, increasingly more countries decide to support trips to the Auschwitz Memorial, hoping that this moment of reflection, reverberates on the civic and axiological attitudes of persons coming of age. The development of the ICEAH and the location of this institution in the Old Theatre opens great prospects for answers to this growing need. This investment is simply indispensable in today’s world,’ the director of the Museum Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, underlined.
The project is to be completed by the end of June 2019.