Those who are alive receive a mandate from those who are silent forever. They can fulfil their duties only by trying to reconstruct precisely things as they were, and by wresting the past from fictions and legends.
Czesław Miłosz, excerpt from his Nobel acceptance speech, 08.12.1980
Memorial de la Shoah is a Parisian institution dedicated to commemorating the Holocaust by archiving materials and organizing research and educational activities. Memorial de la Shoah is also a rich museal exhibition concerning the extermination of European Jews.
More at www.memorialdelashoah.org
In the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow at 24 Miodowa Street on 9 December 2010 took place a panel discussion concerning the Polish edition of a book ‘The End of Innocence’ by Jean-Yves Potel.
The festive opening of the new academic year 2010-2011 took place on 11 October 2010 at The Centre For Holocaust Studies at the Jagiellonian University. The guest of honour was Thomas Toivi Blatt – a participant of the famous prisoners’ revolt in the Sobibor extermination camp. He delivered the lecture illustrated with fragments of a TV movie ‘Escape from Sobibor’. Short speeches were also made by professor dr hab. Michał du Vall, the vice-rector of the Jagiellonian University, professor dr hab. Wiesław Kozub-Ciembroniewicz, the chairman of the Academic Council of the Centre for Holocaust Studies JU and dr Jolanta Ambrosiewicz-Jacobs, the director of the Centre. In the ceremony participated also the vice-rector of the Jagiellonian University – professor dr hab. Andrzej Mania.
What do young Poles, Brits and Swedes know about extermination camps and Shoah? How should knowledge about Holocaust be communicated? What are the results of most recent studies and what do young people think about visiting memory sites? These and other questions were approached by journalist Magdalena Skajewska in connection with the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Concentration camp.
„What do we know about Holocaust”- radio broadcast of Polish Radio External Service (27-01-2010 ).
As part of Haverim-Friends project of 15-10-2010, in Kłobuck's School Complex no 3, another meeting of Polish and Israeli youth was held. This year the workshops are supported by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (Fundacja Ochrony Dziedzictwa Żydowskiego) and prof. Władysław Bartoszewski's chancellery. After the workshops, the Polish youth from Kłobuck's secondary school and the Israeli youth from Eliat were asked to fill in a questionnaire. The results were as follows:
At 12 noon on 13 October 2010 in the U.S. consulate in Cracow took place a videoconference with the participation of Prof. Yehud Bauer. The professor delivered a lecture under the title: ‘The Holocaust and Genocide’. The organizers of the event were: The Centre for Holocaust Studies JU, Institute of European Studies and Yad VaShem – The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.
The video-conference will be published on the internet page of Yad Vashem (http://www.yadvashem.org/) within the framework of the Israel’s chairmanship in the Task Force.
An educational project connected with memory, in cooperation with both national and international institutions, is also being conducted by CHS JU. The project “Stories on Geographies - European Participatory Geoblog of Memory” (www.storiesongeographies.eu) was initiated by the Acmos association in Turin to promote active citizenship and social engagement amongst young people. One of its main aims is its encouragement of young people – via new technology – to become more interested in the past of their towns, cities or regions.
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