In the footsteps of the indomitables. Witold Pilecki and August Emil Fieldorf “Nil” - winners of the V edition of the competitio
50 pupils from Małopolska participated in the final of the V edition of the competition “In the footsteps of the indomitables”. Witold Pilecki and August Emil Fieldorf “Nil”. In addition to the challenges of the competition at the Captain Witold Pilecki State Higher Vocational School on 16 March 2018, the participants commemorated the victims at the Death Wall, and also took part in an educational project prepared by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
The objectives of this year’s edition of the Competition were to promote patriotism through the popularisation of Witold Pilecki and August Emil Fieldorf „Nil” as Polish national heroes, dissemination of knowledge about the Polish heroes of the Underground and post-war independence, arousing interest in the contemporary history of Poland 1939-1956, as well as preserving the memory of the heroic struggle of Poles during, and after the II World War.
This year, 50 pupils from 38 primary schools and middle secondary schools, as well as 12 post-primary schools qualified for the provincial stage of the competition.
– We want to teach young people that which is the most valuable in the life of every young person. Such projects are important. Currently, the classroom is not the only source of knowledge. It is extremely important to have more places where one can come in contact with history and look at it from various perspectives. Therefore, we would like to thank the employees of the Museum in Oświęcim for supporting us from the very beginning. We are very grateful to them for that - said Maria Nitka, director of the Cracow Eduction Office, branch in Wadowice.
The International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust is involved in this project from the very beginning, helping in the development of the educational part of the project. - Such initiatives aimed at improving knowledge are extremely relevant and important - as evidenced by the extremely high level of preparation of the participants. The possibility of participating in such an undertaking is a very important supplement to the Museum’s daily educational work, which the primary element is conducting tours around the Memorial everyday for thousands of people from around the world - said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the ICEAH.
The competition participants learned about the history of the Nazi Germany concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, as well as commemorated the victims of the camp by placing grave candles at the Death Wall in the courtyard of block 11 of the former Auschwitz I camp.
- The visit to the Memorial this year was enriched with the projection of the film “Nieobojętni” directed by Mirosław Krzyszkowski. A meeting was also organised with the film director and the brothers Andrzej and Antoni Piskorek - said Joanna Karp, chairperson of the Provincial Competition Committee. During the war, the Piskorek family cooperated with the Polish resistance movement operating in the territory of Podbeskidzie, organizing aid for prisoners of the Auschwitz Birkenau camp, among other things baking and delivering bread, which was then smuggled into the area adjacent to the camp.
- At this stage, we want to teach them above all that whoever the become and wherever they are, they must remember that they are Poles and should not be ashamed of their history. They also broaden knowledge of what they learn at school. These questions and the scope of content that is provided in each edition of the project goes well beyond the core curriculum of general education. It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge, which will certainly come in handy in the future - added Joanna Karp.
The organisers of the competition are the Education Office in Cracow and the Captain Witold Pilecki State Higher Vocational School in Oświęcim. The co-organiser of the competition is the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
The winners of the Provincial phase of the V edition of the Małopolska Competition “In the footsteps of the indomitables”. Witold Pilecki and August Emil Fieldorf „Nil”
winners of the competition in the primary school and current middle secondary school category are as follows:
I place - Patrycja Olajossy, Primary School No. 5 in Andrychów, academic supervisor: Anna Semik
II place - Julia Maślanka, Public Primary School Stowarzyszenia Przyjaciół Szkół Katolickich in Stanisław Górny, academic supervisor: Marek Pelczar
III place - Jakub Rodak, Stefan Jaracz Public Primary School No. 14 in Cracow, academic supervisor: Tomasz Przygoda
the following received distinction in the primary school and current middle secondary school category:
Krzysztof Piotrowski, Primary and Preschool Complex in Brzeźnica, academic supervisor: Zbigniew Herzyk
Joanna Marcisz, Tadeusz Kosciusko Primary School No. 1 in Siekierczyn, academic supervisor: Barbara Szewczyk
winners of the competition in the post-primary school category are as follows:
I place - Arkadiusz Guzik, Secondary School Complex No. 1 in Nowy Targ, academic supervisor: Aneta Borkowska
II place - Kamil Malec, Rev. Stanisław Konarski County Secondary School Complex No. 1 in Oświęcim, academic supervisor: Iwona Grunwald
III place - Marcin Lenart, Secondary School Complex No. 1 in Nowy Targ, academic supervisor: Aneta Borkowska
the following received distinction in the post-primary school category:
Dawid Orzeł, National Education Commission School Complex in Nowy Sącz, academic supervisor: Kinga Kamińska
Kacper Put, Complex of Upper Secondary Schools No. 1 in Brzesko, academic supervisor: Jacek Bartkowiak