Auschwitz museum adds Arabic, other languages to online program


WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum added several languages, including Arabic, to its online educational programs about the camp’s history.

Along with Arabic, the new lessons are now available in Persian, Spanish and Portuguese. The programs had been available only in English and Polish.

“When it comes to the number of visitors, the entire area of the Arab states and Iran almost do not exist in our statistics,” said the museum’s director, Andrzej Kacorzyk. “At the same time, we realize that it is often there where the history of the Holocaust is shown in a very distorted way, or even it is doubted and used politically.”

The program focuses on the history of Auschwitz and the mass extermination of Jews there. It features video footage of interviews with survivors, graphics and photos.

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