Pedagogy of memorial sites in the IYMC Oświęcim/Auschwitz
Educational offer during study trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Up to today the work of the International Youth Meeting Centre is inspired by the theme Auschwitz as a place of learning. This place has a special importance to mankind. It is a reference point in the universal discourse about current problems in the world and the system of values of our society.
The main topics of the educational offer designed and offered by the IYMC focus on the history of World War II, the Holocaust and especially the history of KL Auschwitz.
The first step in the educational process is the confrontation with the authentic historic site. By different methods the youths are shown multiple ways to access the history of this place. The second step is to deal with questions about today’s world and its future in the context of Auschwitz, the biggest crime against humanity. The core of this process is made up of joint discussions with the aim of guiding the youths through interpreting and discovering historical facts. This process is time consuming and never complete.
Tadeusz Szymański, former prisoner of Auschwitz and long-time worker of the museum once noted:
At the beginning of such a stay in Auschwitz there are a lot of questions, towards the end some of them are dealt with. (…) Even more questions are raised during the visit at Auschwitz-Birkenau and dominate the time after it.
The workers of the Pedagogical Department:
- Moderate the evaluation session after your visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum,
- conduct workshops for youths,
- give advice on using the collection of books and movies in the library and media centre of the IYMC.
Among the activities of the house we offer the groups to also get to know the history of Oświęcim and its present form. The volunteers from Germany and Austria working at the IYMC offer guided tours through the city of Oświęcim and thus inform about the rich history of the city and give an insight into today’s Poland.
We kindly invite you to partake of our offers and engage with the workers of our Pedagogical Department.
On the following pages you can find the different elements we offer for organizing a schedule for your study trip to the IYMC. The workers of the Programme Department will gladly help and advise you when putting together your programme.