Through Their Eyes: Images from AJC Alumni

By Natasha Doyon, AJC Fellow 2019 As an artist, one of the ways I processed the sacred sites we visited throughout the Fellowship was through painting. This watercolor was done on the bus from small towns back to Krakow. Who hid in these forests and sought shelter? The beauty of the natural landscape was shrouded … Continued

Volunteer Profile: Jane Batina

Each year, the Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC) welcomes volunteers and interns from around the world. Many young people from countries neighboring Poland serve on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Service, an alternative experience to mandatory military service. This question and answer conversation is with our volunteer Yevheniia (Jane) Batina, whose hometown is Kharkiv, Ukraine. We’re … Continued

A Window into 1950s Polish Jewish Life

By Frankee Lyons, 2018 AJC Fellow What can we learn about history from the story of one family? The story of Salomon and Regina Kupperman is told through artifacts displayed at the Auschwitz Jewish Center’s (AJC) Jewish Museum in Oświęcim and through the museum’s online exhibition Nowe Życie (New Life). By placing these documents in … Continued

Artifact Spotlight: Ner Tamid

The Auschwitz Jewish Center is home to an extensive collection of artifacts that preserves the memory of Jewish life in Oświęcim. In each issue of our newsletter, we feature one artifact in our collection, managed by Dr. Artur Szyndler. This Ner Tamid (Hebrew: eternal light) was donated in honor of Pesach Hollander, the owner of … Continued

Seeking Silence in Auschwitz

By Katy Matello, 2018 AJC Fellow When a person studies history, one of their many aspirations is to be able to visit various sites relevant to the event, historical figure, or time period. For scholars of the American Civil War, Gettysburg National Military Park is likely high on their agenda. Those who study the Italian … Continued

Volunteer Profile: Rieke Csutor

Each year, the AJC welcomes volunteers and interns from around the world. Many young people from countries neighboring Poland serve on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Service, an alternative experience to mandatory military service. This question and answer conversation is with our volunteer Frederike (Rieke) Csutor, whose hometown is Berlin, Germany. We’re very glad that … Continued

Artifact Spotlight: Henryk Enoch’s Notebooks

The Auschwitz Jewish Center is home to an extensive collection of artifacts that preserves the memory of Jewish life in Oświęcim. In each issue of our newsletter, we feature one artifact in our collection, managed by Dr. Artur Szyndler. For the Spring 2019 issue, we are featuring Henryk Enoch’s notebooks from the 1940-1941 school year. … Continued

History that is Hard to Forget: Remembrance of the Civil War and Holocaust Era

By Abigail Costea, 2018 American Service Academies Program participant and first-class cadet at the United States Air Force Academy The debate regarding Confederate statues and memorials is one that has risen to the forefront of American society in recent years. In the United States, the issue of removing Confederate statues is complex and unfortunately there … Continued

Volunteer Profile: Marcus Rois, 2018

Each year, the AJC welcomes volunteers and interns from around the world. Many young people from countries neighboring Poland serve on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Service, an alternative experience to mandatory military service. This question and answer conversation is with our volunteer Marcus Rois, whose hometown is Vienna, Austria. We’re very glad that Marcus … Continued

Artifact Spotlight: Liquor Awards

The AJC is home to an extensive collection of artifacts that preserves the memory of Jewish life in Oświęcim. In each issue of our newsletter, we feature one artifact in our collection, managed by Dr. Artur Szyndler. For the winter 2018 issue, we are featuring awards received by the Jacob Haberfeld’s Steam Vodka and Liquor Factory … Continued