The AJC honored with the 2019 Polin Special Award

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.

The POLIN Award allows us to express our gratitude and appreciation for people and organizations that work to preserve the heritage of Polish Jews in Poland. Thanks to them, the memory of the history of Polish Jews is reborn, and their work builds mutual understanding and respect between Poles and Jews. It is a great honor for us to show that their activities are important and needed – said Marian Turski, Chair of the POLIN Museum Board and survivor of the Holocaust.

Photo Credit: M. Starowieyska/Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich Polin.