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Interviews conducted in Poland

1,438

(includes testimonies in the process of being integrated into the Visual History Archive)

Regional Consultant(s)

  • Monika Koszyńska

Polish-language Portal

Educational Programming

2017: Warsaw council members go on IWalk at Warsaw Ghetto on Holocaust Remembrance Day

2017: Educators from Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary) met to discuss USC Shoah Foundation’s IWalk and IWitness activities

2016: Fifth year of Teaching with Testimony program in Poland

2015: In the fourth year of the Polish Teaching with Testimony program, 11 new lesson plans and educational projects are developed.

2015: Polish consultant Monika Koszyńska led a workshop for teachers at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 

2015: Ten teachers in the 2014 Teach with Testimony program reunited at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews to discuss their success in the program. 

2015: USC Shoah Foundation and the World Jewish Congress co-supported the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with “Auschwitz: The Past is Present,” a global communication and education program in Poland. In attendance were 100 survivors of Auschwitz, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, who participated in the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 2015. In the education piece of the program, the Institute partnered with Discovery Education to bring 25 middle and high school teachers to Poland for a four-day workshop. The teachers and the survivors were among the people who attended the official ceremony, held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, in a tent erected at the infamous red-bricked Death Gate.

2014: USC Shoah Foundation launched an online exhibit called “Born in the City that Became Auschwitz,” a 28-minute string of testimony clips from Jewish survivors who were born in the Polish city of Oświęcim, rechristened Auschwitz by the Nazi party. The exhibit has since been translated into 13 languages.

2014: Teaching with Testimony in the Twenty-First Century, a professional development workshop in Warsaw.

2014: PANT seminar on teaching with testimony for Czech, Polish, Slovakian and Hungarian educators in Ostrava

2013: Polin Academy Summer Seminar at Museum of The History of Polish Jews.

2013: Summer School for Holocaust Education at Jagiellonian University.

2013: Working with Museum of the History of Polish Jews to integrate 10 Polish language testimonies from the Visual History Archive into IWitness.

2013: Presentation to 38 teacher-trainers in Sulejówek.

2012: Teaching with Testimony in the Twenty-First Century, a professional development workshop in Budapest for Polish educators.

Conferences and Workshops

  • 2012: Oral History - Science, Archives, Education conference organized by the Institute of National Memory, Warsaw.

Additional work in Poland

USC Shoah Foundation Documentary Films

  • Pamiętam (I Remember) (Broken Silence series, 2002). Academy Award® nominee Andrzej Wajda directed this Polish-language documentary about four survivors who were either helped or betrayed by their Polish neighbors.

Other Polish-language educational resources produced by USC Shoah Foundation:

  • Droga do ludobójstwa – sytuacja Żydów w latach 1939-1941 (The Road to Genocide: The Situation of Jews in the Years 1939-1941) for use in Auschwitz State Museum’s educational product

  •  Ludzie i wojna: początek drugiej wojny światowej w relacjach świadków wydarzeń (People and War: Beginning of WWII in the Accounts of Eyewitnesses)

  • W obliczu Zagùady: Ratujàcy, bierni świadkowie, sprawcy i ich pomocnicy (Facing the Holocaust: Rescuers, Bystanders, Perpetrators, and Collaborators).