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Why Auschwitz?

Barbed wire at Auschwitz concentration camp, photo by sophs123. / flicr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
photo by sophs123. / flicr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This year our project starts at Auschwitz Nazi German concentration camp, site of annihilation for over 1.1 million men, women and children, which has come to symbolise 20th-century atrocities. There we will discuss the key events from the history of the camp with a special emphasis put on the in-camp resistance movement. After 3 days of tailored guided visits, workshops and lectures, the participants will travel to the Slovak mountains, where they will prepare an art project drawing on the experiences and stories encountered during their visit in Auschwitz. The project will be then presented at Stanica – cultural center in the Slovak city of Žilina.

“Education about the Holocaust and counteracting antisemitism is extremely important not only from the point of view of historical research, but also in terms of a wider category of humanities and social sciences (sociology, psychology, literary science, law, theatre studies, etc.). Looking broader at this issue gives us the opportunity to base our knowledge not only on historical sources but also: prose and poetry (including the testimony of the Shoah survivors), works of art (both those created by death and concentration camps’ prisoners, and those created after the war that are related to the theme of the Holocaust), and biographical memory of the members of our families, who survived the World War II.”
Małgorzata Wosińska
Academic Coordinator
Cultural Anthropology
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland