Auschwitz: historia, symbol och betydelse
Pawel Sawicki from Auschwitz Memorial talks about the history, symbol and meaning of Auschwitz. Also, about the different aspects and challenges of his and the Memorial’s mission.
Auschwitz is not only a memorial site. It is also an essential part of our civilization. The word “Auschwitz” has become a universal symbol and a warning for humanity. With the passing of the last survivors, the role of the authenticity of the historical space and all preserved objects is getting stronger and stronger.
The Auschwitz Memorial created in 1947 is one of the most recognizable institutions in the world. The mission of the Memorial covers many different aspects linked with commemoration, education and conservation. In the contemporary world it reaches far beyond the historical site.
The Memorial uses new technologies, internet and social media to build a global outreach and create a community of remembrance around the world. It also reached new audiences thanks to projects like the “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away” exhibition that is now presented in Malmö. The lecture discusses different aspects and challenges of the mission of the Memorial.
Paweł Sawicki is a press officer and an educator of the Auschwitz Memorial. He is responsible for the social media activity of the Memorial that is followed on different platforms by over 1,5 million people. He is the editor-in-chief of the monthly online magazine Memoria and coordinator of the “Auschwitz. Not far away. Not long ago” exhibition project at the Memorial. Sawicki is also co-author of the “On Auschwitz” podcast and author of the album “Auschwitz-Birkenau. The place where you are standing…” that compares 1944 images from Auschwitz II-Birkenau with the authentic site of the Memorial today.