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“Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at Authentic Memorial Sites...” - post-conference publication

Katarzyna Odrzywołek / ICEAH

“Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at Authentic Memorial Sites. Current Status and Future Prospects” is a new publication by the Auschwitz Museum. It is a summary of the international conference which was held in Oświęcim on 10-12 November 2018.


The conference was held to mark the end of the Polish-Dutch educational project entitled “The Future of Auschwitz and the Holocaust Education in Authentic Memorial Sites”, which was implemented by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

What is education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust? Are there any specific features that distinguish it from education about the Second World War? How should it be implemented in an authentic memorial site? Do historical sites, such as the areas of the former concentration and extermination camps, have any influence on its form?  If so, what are the challenges and consequences for educational work? [...] These and many more questions inspired discussion by the authors of the texts included in the publication,” Dr. Piotr Trojański, editor of the publication writes in the introduction.

The book is divided into three parts, titled "Challenges", "Prospects" and "Good Practices". The first is an introduction - it contains texts by people working at authentic memorial sites (Bartosz Bartyzel, Piotr Tarnowski, Małgorzata Grzanka, Joanna Podolska). The second part of the publication presents various research perspectives on education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust: social (Marek Kucia, Katarzyna Stec), ethical (Alicja Bartuś), and philological (Agnieszka Kasperek). The third one, in turn, presents examples of good practices - educational projects implemented at the Auschwitz Memorial Site (Adam Musiał, Gabriel Dittrich, Tomasz Michalik, Marcin Owsiński, Ewa Guziak, Piotr Kondratowicz).

“I would like to express my hope that this book, which is to some extent documentation of the Polish-Dutch project, will become an inspiration for a debate on the future of education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in authentic memorial sites,” wrote, Piotr Trojański.

The entire project, including this publication, was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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