One million Jews and tens of thousands of others, including Poles, Roma and Sinti, and Soviet prisoners of war, were murdered at Auschwitz. Auschwitz has become the most widely-recognized symbol of the Holocaust and the tragedy of World War II as well as a painful reminder of what can happen when ethics and values are shattered by ideologies of hate and racial superiority.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (ABSM) is responsible for preserving and interpreting the momentous history on the site of the former German Nazi camp in Oswiecim, Poland.

Pawel Sawicki, Press Officer at ABSM and a project leader of the Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibition, gives his perspective from the ground in Poland and a discussion of ABSM’s expansive work.

Watch the program below.