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Educational session "We were human beings just like every other human being on earth..." - 7 April 2022.


The origins of the extermination of the Jews, which began in the German Nazi camp of Auschwitz 80 years ago, will be the subject of an educational session entitled "We were human beings just like any other human being on earth..." The session will take place online on 7 April 2022 with simultaneous interpretation into English.

Halina Birenbaum -...
Crematory III
Birkenau aerial...

Piotr Setkiewicz, PhD, and Igor Bartosik, PhD, historians from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Research Center, will deliver lectures during the session. The guest of honour will be Halina Birenbaum - a poet and writer who, as a child, survived the nightmare of the Warsaw ghetto and the concentration camps in Majdanek, Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and Neustadt-Glewe, where she was liberated. She emigrated to Israel in 1947. 



16.00 - 16.05 | Inauguration of the session

Andrzej Kacorzyk – director of the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust

16.05 - 16.50 | The Final Solution to the Jewish Question in KL Auschwitz

Lecture - Piotr Setkiewicz, PhD, Head of the Museum Research Centre

16.50 - 17.35 | The Holocaust from the perspective of Sonderkommando prisoners

Lecture - Igor Bartosik, PhD, Museum Research Centre

17.35 - 17.45 | Break

17.45 - 18.45 | Interview with Halina Birenbaum, Holocaust survivor

Moderated by Dr Maria Martyniak, ICEAH.


Participation in the session is free of charge. Please send your application using the online form by 5 April 2022. After this date, you will receive an email with a link to participate in the meeting.

Link to the form:

80 years ago, in the spring of 1942, the Auschwitz camp-while still a concentration camp - gradually developed into the largest centre for the immediate and direct extermination of European Jews. After the selection process, most of the deportees deemed unfit by SS doctors were murdered in the gas chambers, including pregnant women, children, the sick, the disabled, and the elderly.   They were not entered into the camp register.

Others classified as fit for work, who on average constituted 20-25 per cent of the Jewish transports, were taken to the camp, registered as prisoners, given numbers, and forced into slave labour.