The Remembrance Museum of the Land of Oświęcim Residents has carried out the ‘We Remember’ project for the fourth time. In 2023, it includes historical workshops combined with the making of memorial wreaths by schoolchildren.
The primary aim of the project is to identify the graves where people who helped prisoners of the Nazi German KL Auschwitz during the Second World War were buried, and to commemorate heroes from the Oświęcim and Chrzanów districts. Distinctive candles with a small placard and the inscription We remember were lit at more than 70 graves and memorial sites in: Oświęcim, Brzeszcze, Jawiszowice, Przeciszów, Zatorze, Zasol, Kęty, Malec, Osiek, Libiąż and Chrzanów.
In previous years, the commemoration of heroes was accompanied by historical walks through cemeteries with guides and classes in schools. This year, museum educators also led workshops.
At the Janusz Korczak Primary School in Góra, pupils took part in a history workshop entitled The Price of Help.
“The pupils learnt about the history of the establishment of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and watched the accounts of local people who helped prisoners: Wanda Saternus, Stanisław Tomaszek and Janina Hodór. They also made commemorative wreaths of conifer branches, pinecones and chestnuts. They laid them in commemoration of, among other people, the grave of two unknown soldiers of the 6th Infantry Division of the Polish Army killed on 2 September 1939 in the fight against the German occupiers,” reports museum educator Anita Bury.
The second workshop of the We remember project, devoted to the activities of the legendary pharmacist Maria Bobrzecka, will be held at the School and Kindergarten Complex with Integrated Branches No. 4 in Brzeszcze. There, pupils will also make wreaths and lay them at memorial sites.
The organisation of the workshop is supported by event partner Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., implementers of the TAURON Bezpieczniki programme.