The sparse vestiges of Auschwitz Concentration Camp that remain in existence outside the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, in the city of Oświęcim and the vicinity, include some barracks at the site of the Monowitz sub-camp and the school building in Brzeszcze-Budy where the Auschwitz women’s penal company was quartered. Monuments and memorial plaques also recall the victims, including two monuments to the Monowitz prisoners and a plaque set in the wall of the school building in Budy. Local churches contain works of art connected thematically with the martyrdom of the deportees to Auschwitz. It takes at least three hours to tour these places by car or van. It is also worth visiting two institutions that have arisen in connection with the tragedy of Auschwitz: the Jewish Center in downtown Oświęcim and the Franciscan monastery in Harmęże.
Form: Field presentation
Audiences: Museum guides, intermediate- and secondary-school students, university students, teachers, educators.
Languages: Polish, English, German
Lecturer: Andrzej Strzelecki, Ph.D.; Piotr Setkiewicz, Ph.D.
Photo: A composition by Professor Americo Mazotta on the wall behind the altar at the church of St. Joseph the Worker in Oświęcim-Zasole, depicting the victims of Auschwitz ascending to heaven.