On 23 February, a webinar devoted to the challenges facing the education of schoolchildren on the culture of dialogue and historical education was held with the participation of 46 teachers and educators from Poland and Germany.

During the webinar, the participants:

  • listened to a lecture 'The significance of Krzyżowa for Polish-German relations' given by Prof. Krzysztof Ruchniewicz (UWr, Director of the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies at Wrocław University),

    took part in a virtual guided tour of Krzyżowa prepared by Dominik Kretschmann (Director of the Krzyżowa Memorial Site of the Krzyżowa Foundation),

    listened a presentation on 'The Significance of International Youth Meeting Houses' by Eva Feldmann-Wojtachnia (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München),
    took part in two parallel discussions:

1. historical education and the culture of remembrance. Polish and German perspectives.

2. How to teach dialogue? Practical tips and experiences from working with young people.

We cordially invite teachers, educators and everyone interested in what is happening in Krzyżowa to participate in the Polish-German webinar.

The meeting will be devoted to the challenges faced by educating school students about the culture of dialogue, historical education, and will be an opportunity to learn more about the history and work in Krzyżowa.

The webinar will take place on the Zoom platform on 23rd February (Tuesday), from 15:00 to 18:00.

We recommend the article "Mein Kampf". That terrible book that no one has read? by Dr Tomasz Skonieczny - deputy head of the European Academy , which appeared on the portal.

The article extracts:

(...) The critical edition of "Mein Kampf" (Bellona) published in Poland on the 20th of January, which is at the same time the second publication of this kind in the world, provides a reason not only to reflect on what we really know about this book, and what is an element of the chain of associations which the mere mention of its author's name evokes, but also - what the consequences of releasing this work into legal distribution might be.

At the end of 2020, we said goodbye to Joachim Trenkner - a German journalist, a long-time collaborator of German, American and Polish media, since 1997 associated with "Tygodnik Powszechny".

Joachim Trenkner was one of the people to whom we owe the "miracle of reconciliation" (W. Bartoszewski). As a journalist active in both German and Polish media, he largely contributed to overcoming resentments and bringing the two nations closer together. Especially now, in the year when we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the treaty of good neighborliness and friendly cooperation, it is important to recall the people who contributed to the peaceful coexistence of both nations.

We encourage you to read the memories about Joachim Trenkner, prepared for us by Dr. Paulina Gulińska-Jurgiel, author of the interview with Joachim Trenkner "German mirror".

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