Seminar for Memorial Site guides in Heidelberg in Germany


Nearly 50 educators from the Auschwitz Memorial Site participated in June 2019 in a special seminar organized within the framework of cooperation of the Museum with the Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg. 


Guides visited the exhibition at the Documentation Center as well as took part in the program the main emphasis of which was put on sharing the history of persecution and Shoah of Sinti and Roma in the Third Reich. An important part of the seminar was the discussion between Andrzej Kacorzyk, Director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, and Romani Rose, Head of the Central German Sinti and Roma Council, devoted mainly to the protection of human rights in modern Europe. 

“Central German Sinti and Roma Council as well as Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma were delighted to receive the group of guides from the Auschwitz Museum. The Museum, with over 2 million visitors each year, constitutes one of the most important sites of education about the Holocaust. Organizing the seminar for Auschwitz guides was a perfect occasion to share the knowledge about the extermination of Sinti and Roma committed by the Third Reich. It also created a forum for discussion of current anti-Sinti and Roma attitudes”, said Romani Rose.

“Cooperation between the Museum and the Center will be continued also in the upcoming years, and in January 2020 Center staff will conduct a series of trainings for guides at the Auschwitz Museum”, Rose added. In Heidelberg, the group also had the occasion to listen to concerts organized within Roma Culture Days organized there. 

The guides visited also the premises of former German Nazi concentration camp Natzweiler-Strutthof situated in Alsace. Frederique Neau-Dufour, Director of the Memorial Site, presented the history of this place.