The book presents a collection of essays written by undergraduate students who come to Poland from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) as a part of the intensive research seminar , “Witnessing Auschwitz – Conflicting Stories and Memories”. Each study in this volume is based on the unique interests of the young researchers and highlights a particular aspect of history related to Auschwitz. The texts come with invaluable footnotes by experts in the field who accompanied the students with advice and support throughout their research.
The authors of the essays, students, participate in an intensive research seminar developed by scholars from the University of British Columbia, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Emmanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. Each spring a new group of students travels to Poland for a month of lectures and study tours on subjects pertaining to pre-war Jewish life and the Holocaust in Poland. The essays in this volume are the results of this inspiring and important international, scholarly, and educational cooperation.
“These essays are a record of the participants’ reflections (…). They may help to shape one’s own way of approaching this particularly sensitive topic. They can be used to prepare others for a visit to Auschwitz or as a part of an educational program. Finally, they can inspire personal reflection” (foreword by Piotr M.A. Cywiński, director of the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau)”.