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Online Educational Program "The Pilecki Project" for Institutions and Associations in the United States of America and Canada

Marcin Jaworowicz     June 03, 2021

“The Pilecki Project” is a new educational initiative about Witold Pilecki - one of the greatest heroes of World War II whose brave mission to Auschwitz touched so many lives.

We wish to invite institutions and associations in the United States of America and Canada to join us in promoting the incredible story of Witold Pilecki. Over the next months the Institute, in partnership with the Polish National Foundation, will be offering an online educational program to help pass his story on to the widest audience possible and bring into focus the deeper themes of the war and its lessons for today.

Why Pilecki?

Witold Pilecki is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest heroes. He volunteered to infiltrate Auschwitz, where he witnessed and reported on the beginnings of the Holocaust. His reports from the camp reached the Allies in London. After escaping from Auschwitz and surviving the war, Pilecki went on to fight against the communist takeover of Poland. Arrested by the Soviet-backed regime, he was tortured, convicted in a show trial and executed with a bullet to the back of the head. His legacy had been concealed for more than 4 decades – until the 1990s, when he was finally rehabilitated. Pilecki’s story is thus at the center of two of the 20th century’s most brutal totalitarian regimes. Understanding his legacy offers us essential lessons for making sure the mistakes of the past are never repeated. What does he represent today? What can we still learn from him? Why is he still so intriguing? You can help us understand that. Rediscover Pilecki with us!

Educational project

We will carry out a dedicated program to engage high school, college and university students with the subject of the Holocaust, Poland’s contribution to the fight against it and its role in defeating Germany in World War II, as well as the rich historical context of the second part of the 20th century. We want to involve students from American and Canadian schools, with the goal to promote Witold Pilecki and his achievements in local communities.

By taking part in the Pilecki Project adventure, members of Pilecki Teams will practice cooperation, dialogue, planning and systematic implementation of tasks. They will also have a chance to learn or improve their digital skills by working on their original videos, animations or podcasts. They will – independently or with the help of an assistant – analyze different types of sources and learn to utilize the newly gained information.

Every step of the Pilecki Project will bring participants closer to the main and final task: creating their original digital piece – an animation, video or podcast that will present Witold to the world and show his story through their eyes.

How to join us

Students - sign up here to get educational materials and take part in the program

  • Get the Pilecki Team Guide Book and educational materials
  • Wait for the delivery of our special Educational Package (some materials will be sent to the email provided during registration, part of it will reach you by post)
  • Discover Witold Pilecki’s amazing story
  • Choose your presentation method
  • Complete an exciting five-month online course together with other students from all over the continent to create an original, high-class material based on your own idea
  • Meet experts from all over the world - journalists, historians, scholars, multimedia creators, and even Witold Pilecki's family

Teachers - sign up here to get eduactional materials to help you introduce Witold Pilecki to your students, and take part in a series of free professional development webinars for educators

Organizations - sign up here to get materials about Witold Pilecki and help us promote his amazing story. Stay up to date on our activities! All materials will include Jack Fairweather's bestselling book "The Volunteer".