Day by Day at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Big News From Oswiecim!

(10:00 am) Big news! I’m not letting the cat out of the bag just yet, but there’s a press conference today in the main conference room of the former Auschwitz 1. Stay tuned–you’ll be the first to know! (3:00 pm) Remember the item I wrote about on the 25th? Well, I along with the Auschwitz-Birkenau […]

Back to Warsaw

  Greetings again from Warsaw! The train ride was comfy, the weather is mild, and Warsaw is beautiful! After a great meeting with MuzHP director Robert Kostro, the rest of the day was spent alongside our colleague and liason Łukasz Kubacki. There’s some exciting things happening at the museum in Warsaw these days: I was […]

A Trajectory of Memory

At this place there are many components that go into crafting a rich experience for all visitors, be they local students, or international pilgrims. The variety of natnal museum exhibitions in the blocks testify to that. In select blocks at Auschwitz 1, visitors can learn the specific story of a particular nation’s plight at the […]

New Horizons

Today I had the opportunity to learn more about a stunning new horizon in the museum exhibition field. You may have heard a thing or two about 3-D printing technology. Personally, I know little about the scientific details, so best consult father Google for more information in that regard, but I was introduced to a […]

Moving to block 12

Today, I was introduced to Marta Berecka, head of Educational Projects for the ICEAH (International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust),  in block 12, just next door to my living quarters actually.  Marta works closely with the exhibition department, and together, both departments report to Deputy Director  Andzrej Kacorzyk, with whom I’ll be meeting later in the week. […]

Tour, Part Deux

The ruins of Birkenau are chilling, sobering reminders of the huge scope of Auschwitz. Visitors to Auschwitz 1 will be completely moved by the diversity of exhibitions and the haunting blocks, but to truly feel the horror of this former institution, one must walk the vastness of Birkenau. Today I met again with Teresa Wontor-Cichy, […]

Getting to know Auschwitz

A Sunday at rest.  Hey everyone.  I wanted to take a few minutes here to acquaint you all with the organization of the former camp here at Auschwitz.  Throughout this blog, I’ll be referencing various locations and using certain terms that may be a wee bit confusing for those who’ve never had the opportunity to […]

Weekend Update!

Just thought I’d check in from the 30th floor of the Palace of Science and Culture.  What a view!  And what a great day to finish a day of touring. I had spent most of the morning at the Museum of the Polish Army, then joined up with some friends at a hidden-away burgery (yes, that’s […]

Direct from Senatorska St…

Whew!  Who know there were such great Belgian waffles in Warsaw? This update is coming to you live from the Waff’love, right across the street from MuzHP, after a long day’s work at the museum.  Today my colleague, wonderful host, and Head of Collections at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Ela Cajzer wrapped up a national […]

To Warsaw!

Time for a change of scenery.  Without a moment to loose, yesterday my wonderful host and Head of Collections Ela Cajzer and I were on the rails to Warsaw.  We took the last train from Katowice (there’s a Beatles reference for ya), and wound up at the platinum towers on Grzybowska street just in time […]