A seminar at the Auschwitz Memorial for a group from Fritz Bauer Institute
A group from the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt am Main, together with the director Prof. Sybille Steinbacher, visited the Auschwitz Memorial between 4-6 June.
The program of their seminar, prepared by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, included a study tour of the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, a visit to the national exhibitions, as well as meetings with the staff of the ICEAH and the Collections. This was complemented by an additional program on the camp's zone of interest developed by Dr. Andreas Kahrs, the group's academic leader.
‘Employees of the Institute are engaged in research on the history of the Auschwitz camp and the post-war prosecution of Nazi German crimes. In the field of education, the emphasis is on the history of IG Farben. The in-depth visit to the Auschwitz Memorial is of great significance in the context of the subject that we are dealing with,’ emphasised Professor Sybille Steinbacher.
The study visit provided an opportunity to begin discussions on future cooperation between the two institutions in the area of education. ‘The cooperation with the Fritz Bauer Institute opens up for us new areas of reflection on Auschwitz, above all in the direction of post-war trials and responsibility for the crimes perpetrated here,’ said ICEAH Director Andrzej Kacorzyk.
The Fritz Bauer Institute is an independent interdisciplinary research and education center with a focus on contemporary history. It studies and documents the history of National Socialism’s mass crimes, particularly of the Holocaust, and their impact until the present. One focus of its work is facilitating relevant German and international research by means of publications, lectures, and exhibitions.