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
The Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools were written to facilitate teaching about religions and beliefs in order to promote tolerance and understanding. The Principles are meant to assist in the study of diversity. They include chapters on the human rights frameworks and teaching about religions and beliefs, preparing curricula, teacher education and respecting rights throughout the learning process. The Principles were published by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2007. They are a direct result of a meeting of a panel of experts in March 2007 in Toledo, Spain.
"Imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Traumatic experience reflected in personal documents"
NOMOS Publishing House
"Me Us Them. Ethnic Prejudices among Youth and Alternative Methods of Education"
Year of publication: 2003
Publishing House Universitas
Polska!Year, the year-long project celebrating Poland in Great Britain, has officially come to a close. Its chief organizer was the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a governmental organization that promotes Polish culture abroad.
Polska!Year comprised 250 projects that aimed at introducing the British public to the most interesting accomplishments of Polish culture and creations by Poland’s most respected artists. The overall goal of Polska!Year was to bring Polish and British society closer together by strengthening the cultural connections between the two countries.
In March of this year, publishing house Znak issued another book by Jan Tomasz Gross and Irena Grudzińska, titled “ The Golden Harvest “. The book is about what was happening at the edges of the extermination of the Jews. This book, just like its predecessors starting with “ The Neighbors “ and “ Fear “ inspired heated discussions, controversies and a great deal of interest.
Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, dr nauk humanistycznych, adiunkt w Instytucie Europeistyki UJ, dyrektorka Centrum Badań Holokaustu UJ, członek Rady Programowej Panelu Ekspertów przy OBWE (Biuro Instytucji Demokratycznych i Praw Człowieka w Warszawie), członek polskiej delegacji w Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.
Film Review by Daniel Barrio Fierro
Daniel Barrio Fierro is a Spanish graduate student at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University. He holds a degree in English Studies by the University of Leon and in 2008 became responsible of a cultural promotion project between the Spanish region of Leon and the Polish region of Upper Silesia. His interest include Sociolinguistics, Nationalism and Identity, systems theory, European identities and Jewish studies. He is currently writing a dissertation on Jewish perceptions towards Europe.
"Zagubione dusze, by Kasia Lisiak" for download in PDF
Making Holocaust Memory
Edited by Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, Antony Polonsky and Jan Schwarz
The reconciliation of Jewish and Polish memories of the Holocaust is the central issue in contemporary Polish-Jewish relations, yet this is the first volume to examine Poles’ and Jews’ shared yet divisive memory of the Holocaust in a comprehensive way. The ‘New Views’ section features several examples of recent innovative research in other areas of Polish–Jewish studies, including the history of the New Synagogue in Poznan which was converted by the Nazis into a swimming-pool.
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