Seminar in collaboration with the academic centre for oral history in Voronezh
The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust has organised for the seventh time, in cooperation with the Academic Centre for Oral History in Voronezh, a seminar for teachers and educators from Russia entitled “Auschwitz - history and symbol” The project, which took place between 15 and 18 April 2019, involved 22 people from different Russian cities.
'The topic of the seminar focuses on two issues - the history of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz and the contemporary Memorial Site, its tasks and the challenges it faces,' sayid Anna Stańczyk, project coordinator for the ICEAH.
In the course of the two-day study tour and workshops, the group explored the authentic camp sites and learned about the fate of various groups of victims and individuals by working with documents, photographs and accounts. The Chronicle of Liberation was also presented, which tells the story of the encroachment of the Red Army into the camp in January 1945.
'While visiting the Archives, Collections, and Conservation Laboratories, the group had the opportunity to see how the Museum protects original objects and documents, to ensure that the history of Auschwitz survives for future generations, and what information these objects convey to us about the victims and perpetrators alike,' Stańczyk added.
The last day of the seminar was spent in Cracow. During the guided tour of Kazimierz and Podgórze, the group learned about the centuries-old history of the local Jewish community up to the present day. The visit to the exhibition "Cracow - the period of occupation 1939-45" in the former Oskar Schindler's factory, and currently a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Cracow, offered an opportunity to learn the most important facts about the German occupation during the Second World War.
The seminar program was financed by the Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Victims Remembrance Foundation.