• The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education are honored to partner together to engage a new generation in awareness, remembrance, and community building through Auschwitz: The Past is Present, a multi-faceted communication and education program.

  • Taking place in Poland January 24-27, 2015, the program marked 70 years since the Auschwitz camp complex was liberated. The joint effort was designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause.

  • The world's attention focused on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on January 27, 2015, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps. Nations from around the world sent delegates who joined some of the last living survivors to mark this historic anniversary and reflect on how future generations can take on the responsibility of remembrance.

Auschwitz: The Past is Present Virtual Experience

Join Holocaust survivor Paula Lebovics, students, and teachers who traveled to Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Commemoration to learn about the importance of remembrance and why the past is ever present today. Our virtual experience will enable your students to explore the rich history of Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust, visit authentic memorial sites, and discuss the consequences of hatred and intolerance.

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*Content appropriate for middle and high school students.
**Approximately 45-50 minutes in length

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Auschwitz: The Past is Present Content Now Available on Discovery Education

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