Virtual community of remembrance. Over 100,000 people use Auschwitz Memorial page on Facebook.
100 thousand internet users connect to the Auschwitz Museum on the Facebook More than 100 thousand internet users use the Auschwitz Memorial page on Facebook. Thanks to that, information about the history of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, but also the daily work of the Auschwitz Memorial, reaches many people from all over the world in several languages.
Statistics show that this website is used mostly by adults—users over the age of 25 constitute nearly 80 per cent of all users, and people over the age of 45 are one—third of all users, whereas The Auschwitz Memorial is visited mostly by younger people.
100 thousand internet users connect to the Auschwitz Museum on the Facebook"Watching how our website works, we can say that a virtual community of remembrance exists. Comments under posted messages, amazing commitment of our volunteers—translators, geographical and age variety of users, discussions held on the page, but also all of the photographs that are sent to us, or personal thoughts related with e.g. visiting the Memorial, show that for many people Auschwitz history is very much alive and the memory of it is important in their everyday lives" said Paweł Sawicki who administers and coordinates the page.
100 thousand internet users connect to the Auschwitz Museum on the Facebook The most users come from the United States – amounting to over 17 thousand. Next countries, frequency—wise, are: Italy (9,1 thousand), Poland (8 thousand), Great Britain (6,1 thousand), Portugal (6 thousand), France (4,8 thousand), Germany (3,9 thousand), Israel (3,8 thousand) and Spain (3,2 thousand). ”The symbolical importance of The Memorial for the world shows that website is used by, for example, 489 Colombians, 437 people from RSA, 283 from Costa Rica, 242 from Indonesia, 179 from Iran and 173 from Egypt," said Paweł Sawicki. He added that the first ten cities, from which the users come from are: Lisbon, Paris, Warsaw, London, Buenos Aires, Rome, Tel-Aviv, New York, Istanbul and Cracow.
"The basic experience on the path to understanding the extent of tragedy which took place in Auschwitz is walking through the Memorial and being confronted with its authenticity. However, we have to think about those who cannot visit the site due to the distance or economic issues. We upload numerous materials to the internet just for them – from photographic stories to full e—learning lessons. Our observations indicate, that our social website on Facebook is best suited for people who want to be in touch with the history of Auschwitz and the recent events of the Memorial Site on daily basis," said Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz Museum.
100 thousand internet users connect to the Auschwitz Museum on the Facebook "On Facebook we mostly post short information about single events from Auschwitz history connected with a specific date or person. It can be a historical photography, history of the specific transport, a short testimony of a former prisoner, an archival document or a sentence from the order of the camp commandant. However, by using different links we can direct someone to more information on a given topic, recommend a historical book or encourage to participate in and e-learning lesson rich with many interesting materials. The power of the Internet is the ability to share content on different levels — Sawicki added.
100 thousand internet users connect to the Auschwitz Museum on the Facebook Statistics from the 69th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 2014 show the power of such internet connections. "While on an average daily basis about 60 users sign up to our page, during anniversary there were 1247. Thanks to the “like it” option and the shares of posted messages by our users, that day we were able to reach out to over 415 thousand people on Facebook," explains Paweł Sawicki.
The Facebook website is just one of many locations in the Internet, where the Auschwitz Museum is active. Still, the official www.auschwitz.org website remains the most important among them. This website is very popular. In 2013 alone it recorded over 11 million hits. On the website you can find e-learning lessons, but also folders in a dozen or so languages connected with the history of The Auschwitz Memorial and the activity of the Auschwitz Museum available in PDF format. The Museum has also an official account on Twitter and Instagram.