“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
"Auschwitz - Memorial Site" is a new online lesson which aims to prepare visitors before coming to the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
“In 2014, the Memorial was visited by a record number of more than 1.5 million people, most of them young people. Many groups visit here upon prior preparation, e.g. in schools. However, it is clear that amongst them are persons with little knowledge of the origins of Nazism, topics related to World War II, or the events that took place in Auschwitz”, said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
“While visiting the authentic historic site, visitors will learn the details of the camp history. We have been striving for several years to direct our activities among others, to teachers so that pupils, in particular, are well prepared for the visit to the Memorial Site. Besides the recommended assistance in preparing for the visit and its conclusion posted on our website, we now provide online lessons on history, which may be helpful in understanding the situation in Europe before and during the Second World War”, Kacorzyk added..
The resource was written by Miroslaw Obstarczyk, an employee of the Museum and long-standing educator-guide, who often works with young people visiting the Memorial Site. Besides historical texts, the lesson contains many pictures, maps, interactive diagrams, accounts and documents to allow visitors to place Auschwitz within a clear historical context.