Seminar for Israeli educators


On 16-27 July 2017, the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum organised another edition of the seminar “Auschwitz in the collective consciousness in Poland and the world. The role and significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memory for Jews and Poles” addressed to Israeli educators. 18 persons attended the seminar - guides and employees of institutions that deal with the topic of the Holocaust.


- The first part of the programme was held in Oświęcim. The participants had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the history of the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz and the multidimensional symbol of the Memorial. They visited the Collections, Conservation Workshops and Archives. During the classes, they also saw the sites of the former subcamps in Monowice and Jawiszowice, as well as places inaccessible to visitors, including Block 10 on the premises of the parent camp - said Anna Stańczyk, project coordinator for the ICEAH. The participants also took part in a trip commemorating the victims of the March of Death, which ended in Gliwice, where they visited the Jewish cemetery. A significant point in the program was the visit to the Jewish Centre in Oświęcim, during which the group visited the exhibition "Oszpicin. The Jewish history in Oświęcim “depicting the history of the local Jewish community.

Later on, the participants travelled to Cracow, where they visited the Historical Museum of the City of Cracow - Rynek Underground permanent exhibition (situated under the market square) and Schindler’s Factory. They also had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the history of Cracow Jews in the course of an in-depth tour of the former Jewish district - Kazimierz. They also visited the exhibition “Face to Face. Art in Auschwitz”.

The group spent the next two days in Gdańsk. One of the assumptions of the seminar was to bring the participants closer to the contemporary history of Poland. To this end, the participants went to the European Solidarity Centre, where they learned in detail the development of the democratic movement in Poland and its influence on the political changes in many countries of Central and Eastern Europe. During the stay in Pomerania, the group also visited the newly opened Museum of World War II and the former German Nazi concentration camp Stutthof.

The final part of the seminar took place in Warsaw. In addition to the in-depth tour of the sites of the former ghetto, and the Polin and Warsaw Uprising museums, the group had the opportunity to meet a witness of history, former Auschwitz prisoner - Bogdan Bartnikowski who as a 12-year old boy was deported along with his mother from Warsaw to the camp after the outbreak of the Uprising.

- “Remember and never forget” - the seminar at the Auschwitz Memorial cannot be compared to any educational experience. The project offers both a significant in-depth study of the Holocaust and exceptional meetings with guides and lecturers - experts. The seminar participants receive the latest research results and information, which they may apply in their work at memorial sites in Israel and around the world - said Orly Nir, Deputy Director of the Department of Commemorations and Relations with the Local Community, and seminar coordinator for the Yad Vashem Institute.