Piotr M. A. Cywiński

«At Auschwitz," wrote Piotr Cywiński, "I want to see the people most of all. This is what Auschwitz speaks of. The meaning of Auschwitz is humanity and this frightens us, so we take refuge in objects, buildings, dehumanised symbols». Director of the Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau since 2006, the Polish historian and cultural figure was born in 1972, comes from an intellectually engaged Catholic family and has made the preservation of memory of the Holocaust their educational and humanitarian mission. He graduated in history in Strasbourg and is former President of the Association of Catholic intellectuals in Warsaw and since 2007, Member of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews. He was Ambassador of the International Year of Inter-cultural Dialogue in 2008, and, from 2005 to 2014, he led the Board of the International Centre for Education on Auschwitz and the Holocaust. "Non c'é una fine" is his first book published in Italy and, as noted by David Bidussa in "Sole 24Ore", Cywiński asks the reader (and visitor) some of the questions pressing on historical and political places of memory: «is there a way or a path in which genocides are preventable? Is there a preventive policy against exterminations?»

(photo: © Jan Brykczyński - Official Website)

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