ICEAH seminar in Ukraine for Polish teachers and educators
"Studying the Holocaust for the development of an atmosphere of tolerance" is the title of a seminar addressed to Polish educators, held on 24-29 March 2019 in the Dniepr and Kiev. It was attended by 22 people, teachers and guide (educators) of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
The group spent the first part of the seminar in Dniepr, during which they explored the city, visited museums, and listened to lectures, where they had the opportunity to learn about the experience of the Second World War in Ukraine and its memory in the Soviet and post-Soviet times, up to the present day. During the tour of the city, its multicultural character, which dates back to the XVIII and XIX centuries was emphasised as well as how the mass execution sites of Jews during the Holocaust were commemorated in the city space.
An exhibition was also presented at the Museum entitled "Remembrance of the Jewish Nation and the Holocaust in Ukraine", which tells about the history of the Holocaust in the broad context of various crimes of the XX century. The group also visited the D. Jawornycki National Historical Museum in Dnipropetrovsk, where special attention was paid to the subject of the Battle of the Dniepr during World War II and its interpretation.
The second part of the project was held in Kiev. During the day-long tour of the city, the participants visited Babi Yar, a place of mass executions of predominantly Jewish people, but also other groups of victims. They also learned about what happened to this place in the post-war years and how its memory was shaped. Furthermore, the group had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the centuries-long history of the city, with particular emphasis on the presence and the contribution of the Polish and Jewish population to its development.
- It was the first seminar organised by the ICEAH in Ukraine. In addition to the knowledge acquired about World War II, the participants also had the opportunity to explore contemporary Ukraine, talk about common topics, which significantly broadened the perspective on various issues, besides the historical ones. We hope that this project will become a permanent item in the calendar of seminars organised by the Centre for Education - said Anna Stańczyk, project coordinator for the ICEAH.
The project was organised by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in collaboration with the Ukrainian Holocaust Research Institute "TKUMA".