The Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC), a Polish satellite location of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is the only Jewish presence remaining in the vicinity of Auschwitz. Since 2000, the Center has preserved Jewish memory in the town of Oświęcim and educated about the contemporary dangers of antisemitism and other forms of prejudice.
As we celebrate the Center’s 20 year impact, we will hear reflections from some of our distinguished American Service Academies Program (ASAP) alumni in a conversation moderated by Dr. David Frey, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The panelists include Teresa Kennedy, Ethan Orwin, and Keidrick Roy. We’ll also hear reflections from Alan Moskin, an American liberator of the Gunskirchen camp.
The ASAP is a highlight of the AJC’s work. Since 2004, the AJC has taught more than 200 cadets and midshipmen from the US Service Academies (West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Coast Guard Academy) about the lessons of the Holocaust and contemporary mass atrocities, with a focus on ethical decision-making in the military that is informed by the lessons of the Holocaust. During this special evening program, alumni of the program will share their personal and professional reflections on its impact.
The AJC also runs essential programs combating antisemitism and prejudice, including an Anti-Discrimination Education Academy for teachers and an “Understanding Evil” training program for Polish law enforcement.
Tickets for this event are available at the button above. We invite anyone making a gift of $120 or more to honor a liberator or a veteran with a tribute that will be displayed during the program. Once you register, please check your confirmation email for instruction on how to submit tribute information.
Please direct questions about this event to AJC@mjhnyc.org.
In November 2020, the Museum honored the AJC’s 20th anniversary with a special program exploring the rich Jewish history of Oświęcim. Watch here.
In February 2021, the Museum held a second 20th anniversary program, which explored the Center’s commemoration efforts in Oświęcim and their impact on descendants of the town’s Jewish residents. Watch here.
Photo: Participants of the 2018 American Service Academies Program in the Museum’s Garden of Stones.