I’m writing this update from Krakow, where we have the pleasure of accompanying our latest American Expert in Poland, Ms. Elizabeth Edelstein of New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, for a series of lectures and workshops leading up to this Friday’s conference in Warsaw for teachers of the Holocaust, hosted by the Center for Social Innovation and Training and co-organized by the Center for Citizenship Education and the U.S. Embassy.

On Monday, we were hosted by dr Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs of the Center for Holocaust Research at Jagellionian University’s European Institute campus, where the Embassy and Consulate staff joined 16 students for a workshop.  We were so captivated that when we had to leave the room, we could hardly believe an hour and a half had gone by.  It was a terrific session and we’re thankful to the university for hosting us and to the students for their insights. 

Yesterday, we journeyed out to Oswiecim for a program hosted by the Auschwitz Jewish Center, a sister institution to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and then back to the US Consulate’s American Information Resource Center for a workshop with teachers from the area. 

 

If you are a teacher in Poland looking for resources on Holocaust teaching or would like to be on our mailing list for similar workshops in the future, please email us at culture_warsaw – at – state – dot – gov.