Partnership for education...
The Partnership was set up by experienced certified guides and educators working with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The aim of the Partnership is to provide educational services for the most demanding visitors to the Auschwitz Memorial. In the world of shallow communication and short information we offer the highest quality in the context of a visit to the site of the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In our actions we make reliability and professionalism our priorities. We realize that a visit to Auschwitz might be for many people an emotional experience, often due to the tragic fate of family members who perished in this place. That is why we make every effort to proceed with the visit at leisurely pace, without bypassing, if possible, congested parts of the exhibition. In addition, we use supplementary materials and certain elements of exhibition to illustrate, in the most detailed way possible, the tragedy and scope of the crimes committed by the Nazis. For many people, the visit to Auschwitz is a lesson of humanism, for some—facing the tragic fate of their loved ones. During each and every visit to this place we bear in mind its unique character and above all we pay homage to the victims of the Nazi crimes
Wojciech Smoleń - Educator and English speaking guide at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum since 1994. Repeatedly participated in educational seminars organized by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem, Society for the Protection of Auschwitz, Jewish Historical Institute, American Embassy in Warsaw, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In the years 2005‒6, worked for the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in New York. For many years has been also coordinating the study tours focused on the history of the Polish Jews of Swedish youth groups in Poland. During a series of trips abroad propagated the knowledge about the Holocaust as well as education at the Auschwitz Memorial at schools and universities (e.g. University of Rochester, USA). Frequently participated in conferences and meetings with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust as a simultaneous interpreter. He is the son of Kazimierz Smoleń—former Auschwitz prisoner and longtime director of the Auschwitz Museum.
Jerzy Wójcik - Graduate of International Relations at the Faculty of Political and International Studies, and of postgraduate studies on the Middle and Far East at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 2010, he was awarded a PhD in the field of political science at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Recipient of a scholarship from Florentyna Kogutowska Fund at the Jagiellonian University and a scholarship from the State of Israel for an 8-month internship researcher at the Tel Aviv University (Research Fellow). For a number of years, has been working with several organizations and institutions in Poland, among others, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Center for Holocaust Studies in Krakow.
Agnieszka Kocur-Smoleń - Graduate in History and Jewish Studies at the Faculty of History in the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 2007, obtained the Jagiellonian University teaching certificate to work in educational institutions and extracurricular school education. Since 2007, has worked as a licensed guide at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Over the recent years, in order to upgrade her professional skills, has participated in a series of trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences, and lectures on the subject of World War II, Jewish history, the Holocaust, Polish-Jewish relations, as well as issues of human rights, persecution of various ethnic groups, and genocide studies, organized by Polish and foreign institutions (the Yad Vashem Institute, Holocaust Educational Trust, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, US Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs). She is the author and coordinator of numerous workshops and educational projects for schoolchildren and local communities, e.g. "Journey through history" or "It’s not just traces that are left behind them." Works with a number of educational institutions and organizations which deal with preserving the memory of the Jewish heritage—Jewish Community in Bielsko-Biała, the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim, Yad 'B' Yad Frankfurt, Forum for Dialogue from Warsaw, Amizade of Pittsburgh, Jewish Community Centre in Krakow.
Anna Zachara - Licensed tour guide with seven years of experience in the tourism industry. Her adventure with tourism began with the Krakow-based tour operator Cracow Tours, which focuses primarily on local tours to Auschwitz, Wieliczka, Zakopane, Niedzica and Częstochowa. Soon she teamed up with Orbis—one of the most important travel agencies in Poland, as well as Jan-Pol, providing for both guiding services in English. Later, collaborated also with other tourist agencies in Małopolska. After the division of Orbis, began working with agencies such as Jordan, Cracow City Travel, Melody Tours, Come to Poland, Point, Top Travel, Arthur Travel, Oriente, Crazy Guides, or CB International, performing transfers, interpreting (e.g. in Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum or Wieliczka salt mines), residency, and above all, tour leading. Specializes in tours of Krakow and Małopolska sites—Auschwitz, Wieliczka, Zakopane, Niedzica, Ogrodzieniec, Wadowice, as well as Częstochowa, Wrocław or Prague.