International Summer Academy
At the end of June, the International Summer Academy took place at Memorial Sites. The English-language seminar of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust was attended by participants from, among others, Norway, Bulgaria, USA, Germany and Spain.
“The programme of the Academy, addressed primarily to teachers, museum workers and those involved in work regarding Auschwitz, included both historical lectures, as well as discussions and meetings concerning the commemoration and preservation of this authentic and historic Memorial Site, as well as the manner in which the memory of Auschwitz can be used in education in contemporary society,” said project coordinator Eva Matlak of the ICEAH Programme Section.
The four-day seminar was divided into several thematic modules. Participants visited areas of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp with a guide and met with one of its former prisoner, Zbigniew Kączkowskim. To introduce the topic of the history of the camp, a lecture entitled “The German occupation in Poland - the political and racial principles of the Nazi policy of extermination” was given by Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz. The participants then took part in a series of workshops on the subject of archives, camp art and the preservation of the authenticity of the Memorial Site.
“Participants could also learn about the history of education on Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the philosophy of education at the Memorial Site,” said Ewa Matlak. “An important part of the Academy was a panel discussion with the experts prof. Jan Grabowski, prof. Marek Kucia, prof. Zdzislaw Mach and Dr. Sławomir Kapralskiego on Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust and a lecture by Dr. Edyta Gawron from the Jagiellonian University on the Jews before and after the Shoah,” she added.
In the programme of the Summer Academy, there was also a visit to the Oświęcim synagogue..., as well as a tour of the studio, during which the participants were shown the remains of Auschwitz III-Monowitz. At the end, those from the Academy visited Kraków.
A next edition of the Summer Academy is planned for the following year.