International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust announces recruitment for the Second International Summer Academy that is organized as part of educational programs offered by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. This year’s edition will take place in June 24-29 in Oświęcim and Cracow, Poland.
The Summer Academy addresses teachers, educators, museologists, researchers and all those who are interested in the historical, sociological and religious aspects of Auschwitz and the Holocaust. The program includes modules concerning academic research in the field, commemoration and preservation of authentic historical sites as well as reflection on how memory of Auschwitz and the Holocaust can be incorporated into educational values of modern civic societies.
The Academy is a combination of an encounter with the original historical place, with the memorial site and the museum as an institution, along with the knowledge shared by experts in the field: museum staff and invited researchers. Participants will join study guided tours of the former camps Auschwitz I and AuschwitzII-Birkenau; they will also visit Museum Archives, Collections and Preservation Department.
Moreover, the Academy schedule comprises series of lectures and discussions on subjects connected with Auschwitz and its post-war history as well as with Polish-Jewish and Polish-German relations. Substantial part of the program will be devoted to educational challenges facing the Auschwitz Museum, the world’s best known Memorial site and the symbol of the Holocaust. One day of the program will be realized in Cracow in cooperation with the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University.
All participants will receive certificates.
Location: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Department of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University (Cracow)
Accommodation: Hotel Olecki Oświęcim (single/double rooms)
Dates: 24-29 June 2012
Session Length: 5 days
Application Deadline: 14 May 2012
Approx. cost: 500 Euro (covers program, accommodation, half-board, transportation to Cracow on the last day)
Download the application form After the first Internatonal Summer Academy
“(…) The ISA offered by the museum along with its dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable staff, are invaluable resources to guide one through Auschwitz. The attendees in our group were from many parts of the globe, and various age groups and professions. To me, that is an encouraging testament proclaiming the importance of the ABMM, ISA, and the study of The Holocaust (…)” R. Ricci
“As the members of the International Summer Academy (…) we could observe the great work of conservation center in order to prevent the Auschwitz Memorial also for the future generation and also the archives and the arts of the museum. We discussed our opinions, our doubts and personal stories with the well-known educators in the workshops, presentations and also during our evenings within the groups. …I appreciate the great job of our detailed guide-tour. Therefore I admire the great work and effort which has been put in this project. I am sure it is quite difficult to organize such an excellent project for the people of different knowledge and depth in holocaust studies. But as it was told before, this has been the great opportunity to show the memories and history from different perspective to the individuals who are more or less connected with the holocaust tragedy or have own family stories. And we all created one big international friendship.” L. Lozakova