Auschwitz Museum Offers Educational Program in Arabic, Persian

WARSAW, Poland (dpa/MCT) -

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, a memorial to those killed in the largest of the Nazi death camps, on Monday expanded its educational program to include Arabic and Persian.

The program, which is accessible online, was previously available in English and Polish. Modules in Arabic, Persian, Spanish and Portuguese have been added to the website.

The move is an attempt to target countries in which Holocaust denial is common.

“Statistically, there are hardly any visitors from Arab countries or from Iran,” says Andrzey Kacorzyk, the museum’s director. “But it is especially in those countries that the Holocaust is doubted or used as political capital.”

The multimedia program includes video footage of interviews with survivors, graphics and photos of the camp.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex was the principal Nazi killing site in occupied Poland. At least 1.3 million people, mainly Jews, were killed before the camps were liberated.