Holocaust: The Human History of an Inhuman Crime with Jakub Nowakowski - Context Travel

Holocaust: The Human History of an Inhuman Crime with Jakub Nowakowski


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On January 27, 1945, Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. To commemorate this anniversary the International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established. During the interactive seminar will look at some of the crucial events and processes of the Holocaust, while anchoring them in the stories of individuals: victims and perpetrators.

In honor of this event, this seminar is devoted to the history of the Holocaust. We will talk about facts and figures, we will learn about spaces and places, and we will look at the various archival photographs and historical footage. But most importantly, we will get to know people and their stories. We will learn about the pain, suffering, and hatred, but also about love, hope, and courage. We will look at the historical events through the eyes of the individuals - both victims and perpetrators – in an attempt to understand the human dimension of the inhuman crime.

Starting in the 1930s we will describe the landscape of an inter-war Europe – boiling with problems yet filled with illusions of its passing glory. Then we will follow actions taken by various people right after the outbreak of the war. Finally, tracing individual fates through the following months and years we will analyze the micro and macrocosms of decisions, events, and processes that combined creates what is known today as the Holocaust.

Led by an expert on the history of the Polish Jews in the twentieth century, Jakub Nowakowski, this interactive seminar will look at some of the crucial events and processes of the Holocaust, while anchoring them in the stories of individuals: victims and perpetrators, well-known and forgotten. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the dramatic history of the twentieth century, and its impact on the present-day realities.

Jakub Nowakowski was born and raised in Kazimierz, the former Jewish district of Kraków. Coming from a non-Jewish family that lived in Kazimierz for generations, from early age he was compelled to research the history of his neighborhood. In 2007 he graduated from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, where he wrote a thesis on Jewish resistance in Kraków during the Second World War. In 2010, after an international competition, Nowakowski was appointed the Galicia Jewish Museum’s director. He is the co-author of Museum publications, as well as co-curator of the Museum exhibitions, including "The Girl in the Diary. Searching for Rywka from the Lodz Ghetto" that is currently travelling through the USA.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Jakub brought out the humanity of these people, who are too often only statistics in a gigantic crime.

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human history of the holocaust

concise history of the significant events and a clear definition of the lagers. more importantly, a connection established between humans of 2021 and of 1942 -not just statistics

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holocaust the human history of an inhuman crime

very well done. compelling personal stories and poignant photos

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K.S.
Necessary

Jakub brought out the humanity of these people, who are too often only statistics in a gigantic crime.

k
k.
human history of the holocaust

concise history of the significant events and a clear definition of the lagers. more importantly, a connection established between humans of 2021 and of 1942 -not just statistics

w
w.h.
holocaust the human history of an inhuman crime

very well done. compelling personal stories and poignant photos