Warsaw, Dec. 3. 2019
The 2019 POLIN Special Award has been presented to the Auschwitz Jewish Center during a special gala held at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. The AJC has been honored for preserving the memory of the local Jewish community and educational programming including its innovative anti-discrimination programs for law enforcement and teachers.
At the beginning of our activity we renovated the only surviving synagogue in Oświęcim which is the place that bears so much symbolism of what happened in the past century — said Tomasz Kuncewicz, AJC Director at the Polin Award gala.
Then we created a museum devoted to the history of Oshpitzin. This is how the town of Oświęcim was called by its Jewish residents, who until the outbreak of World War II constituted almost 60% of its population.
Apart from the activity which commemorates the local Jewish community, we also provide pioneering anti-discrimination education which combines historical education with teaching for tolerance. In this field we were the real trailblazers. We have been providing this type of education for over 10 years – Kuncewicz added.