Auschwitz starts educational program in Farsi & Arabic

The new historical & cultural program targets countries in which Holocaust denial is prevalent, in an attempt to cultivate awareness & realization.



The Auschwitz museum at the site of the former Nazi death camp in Poland launched an online Holocaust awareness program in Arabic and Farsi on Monday.

Traintracks to Auschwitz - Photo REUTERS

Train-tracks to Auschwitz – Photo: REUTERS

The expanded educational program designed as an attempt to target countries in which Holocaust denial is commonplace.

“We want to address groups of people who often have little knowledge of this subject or who even advocate revisionist views,” museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki was quoted as saying by AFP.

“Statistically, there are hardly any visitors from Arab countries or from Iran,” American media quoted musuem director Andrzey Kacorzyk as saying. “But it is especially in those countries that the Holocaust is doubted or used as political capital.”

The multimedia campaign includes graphics, photos of the camp, as well as video interviews with survivors.

While already available in English and Polish since 2010, programs in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and Portuguese were added to the website this week.

The Nazis built the infamous camp in 1939 at the site of a former Polish army barracks in the city of Oswiecim, or Auschwitz in German.

Over one million Jews and at least 100,000 others died at the camp between 1940 and 1945.


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