Pedagogy of memorial sites in the IYMC Oświęcim/Auschwitz

Educational offer during study trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Up to today the work of the International Youth Meeting Centre is inspired by the theme Auschwitz as a place of learning. This place has a special importance to mankind. It is a reference point in the universal discourse about current problems in the world and the system of values of our society.

The main topics of the educational offer designed and offered by the IYMC focus on the history of World War II, the Holocaust and especially the history of KL Auschwitz.

The first step in the educational process is the confrontation with the authentic historic site. By different methods the youths are shown multiple ways to access the history of this place. The second step is to deal with questions about today’s world and its future in the context of Auschwitz, the biggest crime against humanity. The core of this process is made up of joint discussions with the aim of guiding the youths through interpreting and discovering historical facts. This process is time consuming and never complete.

Tadeusz Szymański, former prisoner of Auschwitz and long-time worker of the museum once noted: At the beginning of such a stay in Auschwitz there are a lot of questions, towards the end some of them are dealt with. (…) Even more questions are raised during the visit at Auschwitz-Birkenau and dominate the time after it.

The workers of the Pedagogical Department:

  • Moderate the evaluation session after your visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum,
  • conduct workshops for youths,
  • give advice on using the collection of books and movies in the library and media centre of the IYMC.

Among the activities of the house we offer the groups to also get to know the history of Oświęcim and its present form. The volunteers from Germany and Austria working at the IYMC offer guided tours through the city of Oświęcim and thus inform about the rich history of the city and give an insight into today’s Poland.

We kindly invite you to partake of our offers and engage with the workers of our Pedagogical Department.

On the following pages you can find the different elements we offer for organizing a schedule for your study trip to the IYMC. The workers of the Programme Department will gladly help and advise you when putting together your programme.

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to the history and pedagogical work of the IYMC

The International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim/Auschwitz is a unique educational institution, which offers specially designed educational programs for the confrontation with and discourse about the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site.


The books in the library of the IYMC coincide with the scope of activities of our institution. While setting up our book collection, we chose the subject of KL Auschwitz and other camps as one specialization. Another important subject is the German history, especially the one of the Third Reich, as well as the Holocaust and Jewish history and culture.

Guided tours

at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum offers two kinds of tours on the grounds of the memorial site. A general tour and a study tour, both are offered in various languages by guides from the museum. We strongly recommend the groups staying at our centre to book the two-day study tour.

Meetings with Survivors

Meeting and talking with survivors is a valuable and unique experience for young people, who only know the history of WW II and the Holocaust from books and movies.

Other availabe modules

We recommend to consider the offers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Jewish Center and of the Franciscan monastery in Harmęże.

Collection of movies

The Media Centre of the IYMC offers numerous VHS and DVDs about World War II, KL Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Historical walk

through the city of Oświęcim/Auschwitz

Oświęcim is a city of approximately 40 000 inhabitants, which is known throughout the world by the name Auschwitz. In 1940 it was here that German National Socialists built the largest concentration and death camp in Europe. The city was to become a so called Musterstadt (model city) for the settlement in the east

Hotel Services

We offer our guests three spaciously laid out pavilions with 100 accommodations in double, triple, quadruple and quintuple rooms.