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Succeeding in the Face of Adversity: How the Auschwitz Study Group Have Embraced Social Media

Whatever the subject may be, being present on Social Media is now a full time occupation for pages who wish to expand their readership. Over the years, we have seen several users with accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter lose momentum and eventually shutdown. The common misconception with social media is that it should dictate the user. We strongly disagree with this opinion and have fought against this misapprehension for several years now, often bucking the trend with how a templated format seems to push the account holder into interacting. If we have a growing audience and our message is clear, concise and thought provoking, then there should be no reason why we cannot become one of the pioneers for educational accounts and persuade platforms to give us more flexibility.

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Lederfabrik: The Dark History of the Forgotten Auschwitz Tannery

The citizens of Oświęcim passed by this building every day, not knowing how important it was in the history of their town. It is not a surprise though; the tannery was there forever, it melted within the surrounding area and was not being used for years. Just another empty building in Oświęcim. It was only in the year 2000, when the world reminded itself of the tannery. It was noticed again. This was one of the most important parts of Auschwitz, where prisoners worked and died. However, it was not included in the UNESCO buffer and protection zone, and that is why nobody paid any attention until the owner of the land decided to open a discothèque there. In this essay, I will describe the history of the tannery in Oświęcim to highlight another example of incredibly important areas of Auschwitz have been forgotten and ignored.

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“A man who has no shoes is a fool”: The Salonikan Jews in the Concentration Camps

The deportation

'In 'The Truce' Primo Levi remembers what Mordo Nahum, his 'super Greek' from Salonika, told him about the importance of having shoes.1 The 2 were facing their labyrinthic journey back home, after being liberated from Auschwitz. Mordo was respected by Levi as a wise, resourceful helper, who shared with him his skills and abilities, and whose superiority was undoubted.

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Sonderkommando. Interview with Auschwitz Historian Igor Bartosik

Due to the huge success of the film ‘Son of Saul’, a lot has been said about the history of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz. The Sonderkommando was a group of prisoners, mostly Jewish, who were forced to work at the gas chambers and crematorium by the SS. Only a few survived. Their stories tell about one of the darkest chapters in the history of Auschwitz. We invited Auschwitz Study Group members to ask their questions and then Paweł Sawicki, of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Press Office, kindly delivered them do Igor Bartosik. He is the historian working in the Research Centre of the Museum and he is a dedicated Sonderkommando researcher.

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