In connection with the 70th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, a completely renewed version of the website of the Memorial Site and Museum is available at www.auschwitz.org. Work on the new version of the website was possible thanks to the support of the companies, Drive Creative Group from Canada and Ideo from Rzeszów, Poland.
The website consists of four basic spaces devoted to the most important historical information; visiting the Memorial Site, a rich spectrum of educational proposals, both on the Museum grounds and via e-learning, as well as the work of the Museum as an institution that preserves all the authentic remains of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp.
Other important elements of the new website include a data search engine of Auschwitz victims, virtual tour, online bookstore and the website visit.auschwitz.org that allows for making reservation for visiting the Memorial.
As noted by the director of the Museum Dr. Piotr M.A Cywinski, the presence of the Museum in the Internet space is an important support for the preservation of Auschwitz memory. “Memory is not divided into real and virtual. Thus, we undertake all attempts and effort to reach out to everyone, regardless of whoever they are and wherever they may reside,” he emphasised.
Rob Carter, a representative of the Canadian side, said the decision to support the Museum was made upon visiting the Memorial Site with an educator in 2013. “It was very clear to our teams in Canada and Poland that that the online presence for this historical stewardship was in need of an update that could offer an experience worthy of the efforts happening on the ground in Oswiecim. The entire team at Auschwitz do such an impressive and respectful job at maintaining this important historical lesson that it was an honour to participate in any small way we could to support this critical educational experience,” Mr. Carter said.
“Given the significance of the subject addressed, the website should be available to all potentially interested persons. As part of the implementation, we ensured a full import of the content of the current website and also made it more legible. The new website is dominated by simple solutions that make browsing easy even for persons who do not use the Internet on a daily basis. We have also provided full compatibility with all available web browsers and mobile devices,” said Arkadiusz Michno, Chairman of the Board of Ideo Sp. z o.o.
Simultaneously, a special website 70.auschwitz.org is constantly in operation dedicated to the commemoration event of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp on 27 January, 2015.
The website www.auschwitz.org records yearly several million unique page views. In addition, the Museum is also present in social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, as well as the websites Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+.