The tragic history of the past century has left the somber marks of humanity’s hatred in many parts of Europe. Over 60 years after Auschwitz, we still know and understand too little, while more often we forget about the not too distant past.
The cooperation consists of, among others, the following: carrying out joint ventures in the area of training of teachers, students, and educational workers, also training guides who work at memorial sites in Poland and abroad, organizing international workshops, seminars, conferences and in conducting other educational activities.
The teaching that a new generation of educators does will shape individual and collective memory about the victims of genocide. Propagating moral values and positive attitudes in interpersonal relations, supports the development of civil society. In order to be able to provide the next generations with a vision for the better future, we cannot forget the past, and allow the rebirth of the hatred and contempt toward other human beings.
Teaching about Auschwitz and the Holocaust can take place anywhere. But it is in Oświęcim, on the terrain of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, that in addition to learning the history about how the camp functioned, one can have direct contact with the testimony and reminiscences of witnesses; and it is here that one can see with their own eyes, the evidence of the Holocaust – ruins of the crematoria, gas chambers, and other former camp structures.
Teaching in this authentic, emotionally charged place allows for a better understanding of the tragedy and uniqueness of the Holocaust, as well as the extreme conditions that existed within the camp. The silence and contemplative mood, combined with this exceptional meeting with history, will prompt thinking on the difficult issues of the day and reflecting on them.
The International Center that exists here, teaches the history of Auschwitz and the Holocaust in the framework of both general educational work, by giving tours of the former concentration camp, and through specialized educational work, offering those interested lectures, workshops, and prelections at the authentic memorial site.
Education conducted in such a way allows one to understand the deeper meaning of Auschwitz as a PLACE, by learning about its history makes it possible to understand the need for the foundations of interpersonal and international relations to be based on mutual respect.