Interview with Wojciech Soczewica

executive director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Gariwo met in Milan Wojciech Soczewica, executive director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, together with Anna Ziarkowska, from the House of Encounters with the History of Warsaw. 
We visited the Garden of the Milan's Righteous Worldwide and went to the Memorial of the Shoah in Milan, where Soczewica met with the president Roberto Jarach and the councilor Giorgio Mortara. The following day Soczewica and the Gariwo delegation met with the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala to increase relations between Milan, Warsaw and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

In this interview, we talked about the focus and activities of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and reflected on the role and meaning of Memory today and for the future. 
We discussed also the challenge of genocide prevention and the significance of the Garden of the Righteous in this sense. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation will in fact collaborate with the Gariwo Foundation in the spreading of memory as a prevention of new mass atrocities.

What happened in Auschwitz”, explains Soczewica, “allows us to address today's issues linked to racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination. Through memory we want to make known the nature of suffering but above all to influence the choices of future generations".

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