Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim



  • 2020-04-04 Way of the Cross Meditation in Auschwitz-Birkenau

      25 March 2020  For many years we have been inviting you to meditate on the Way of the Cross on the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. But this is not possible this year. Here is the link to the text of this meditation (in many languages: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL, PL, RU, SK). We invite you to private prayer.
  • The title of Person of Reconciliation 2018 to Sister Michèle

      23 September 2019 
    The Polish Council of Christians and Jews
    had the honour of inviting to the ceremony
    of awarding the title of
    Person of Reconciliation 2018
    to Sister Michèle
    from the Community of Grandchamp

    The Ceremony took place on August 4, 2019
    at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim
  • Students Meet Politicians In Auschwitz

      22 October 2019  On the 7th October 2019, a delegation of the Parliament in Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany, consisting of the President Andre Kuper (CDU), the Vice-President Carina Gödecke (SPD), the Vice-President Angela Freimuth (FDP) , the Vice-President Oliver Keymis and the Managing Director Dorothee Zwiffelhoffer, as well as the Consultant for Memorial Culture Dr. Matthias Schreiber, came to visit the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim. Their program included a visit to the former Nazi German concentration and Extermination camp Auschwitz 1 where they laid a wreath in remembrance of the victims. They also went to the Jewish Centre in the town and saw the last remaining synagogue. In the evening, the delegation met with groups of students from Bestwig and Werne who had accompanied them throughout the day. Many questions and opinions were exchanged which led to interesting discussions within the groups.
  • My name is Henriette Vohn

       1 October 2019  I am the volunteer at the Center for Dialoge and Prayer in 2019/2020. Actually I am from Aachen, a small town in the west of Germany and decided, after I got my Abitur, that I wanted to spend my voluntary service, here in Oswiecim. There are infinite places and countries that are worth to explore and travel to, but I felt, that here was a special place to preserve the history and memory of what happend and is never allowed to happen again. I wanted to contribute to that, which is, why I am looking forward to welcome you here in the center soon.
  • Youth for Peace - Saint ‘Egidio 2019

    About 800 people, young Europeans from 16 countries were guests of the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim/Auschwitz. They came to Poland as part of their Global Friendship To Live Together in Peace conference. In Kraków they met with Mrs. Lidia Skibicka-Maksymowicz, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They also visited the former Nazi German Concentration and Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau where they laid wreaths at the monument to the victims as a sign of their opposition to all forms of racism and violence. The group was accompanied by the President of the Community of Sant'Egidio, Marco Impagliazzo, professor of contemporary history.
  • Peace Tour 2019 from Oświęcim to Berlin

      15 June 2019  Pupils of the Johannes Gutenberg Secondary School travel as ambassadors of the city of Münster and on behalf of the Mayor and patron Markus Lewe.
  • 77th anniversary of Edith Steins death Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD

       7 June 2019 
    Ceremony in honour of the Patroness of Europe
    at the invitation of
    Bishop Roman Pindel, Ordinary of the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiecka
      in cooperation with the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim

    9 August 2019 in Oświęcim
  • Exhibition opening Anne Frank

      19 May 2019  On the 10th of May 2019 the director of the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer father Jan Nowak opened together with Jochen Schmidt head of the Peace Library in Berlin exhibition: "Anne Frank" and "The Children of La Hille Castle" - Courage in World War II.

    In 1945 a Soviet doctor found a school notebook in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. It was a diary written by the teenager Rywka Lipszyc in the Łódź Ghetto between October 1943 and April 1944 — the testament of a Jewish girl who lost her siblings and parents, but never lost hope despite moments of doubt. More than 60 years after its discovery, the diary traveled to the United States, where it was translated from Polish, supplemented with commentaries and published in book form.
  • My Name is Alina Hӧtel

      11 October 2018   I am 19 years old and come from a little town near Aachen, Germany. In summer 2018 I finished school and since September 2018 I am a volunteer in the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer.
  • Young Jews and Muslim Refugees from Germany visited Auschwitz

      10 September 2018 
    August 06th to 10th 2018
    Young Jews and Muslim Refugees from Germany visited Museum Auschwitz and Centre for Dialogue and Prayer on August 06th to 10th 2018
  • 2018-08-06 Union of Progressive Jews Germany

      31 July 2018  “Young Jews and Muslim Refugees from Germany Visiting Auschwitz
    August 06th to 10th 2018
  • Exhibition of photographs AUSCHWITZ TODAY by Martin Blume

      21 July 2018  August 9th 2017 to August 31st 2018
  • In Nomine Domini. Africa’s Missionary. Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki SJ (1911-2007)

      17 July 2018  July 15th – August 16th 2018
    "In Nomine Domini. Africa’s Missionary. Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki SJ (1911-2007)"
  • Presidents Andrzej Duda and Reuwen Riwlin met at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim

      12 May 2018  On 12/04/2018 President Andrzej Duda of Poland and President Re'uwen Riwlin of Israel met in the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim. They were greeted by the Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer, Fr. Jan Nowak and the manager Małgorzata Waligóra. The event was an opportunity for the leaders of the two countries to meet and discuss Jewish- Polish relations. Afterwards, the leaders gave their statements. A few minutes before 2pm the  March of the Living in Oświęcim left for the 27th time from the former concentration camp Auschwitz I.
  • Perspectives for Theology after Auschwitz

      11 March 2018  On March 3rd, 2018 in the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer a conference: „Perspectives for Theology after Auschwitz” took place.
  • A group of 25 attachés of the German Foreign Office

       1 February 2018  On Monday, January 29, 2018, a group of 25 attachés of the German Foreign Office visited the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer. Later, as consul general/ ambassador, they are going to work in the diplomatic service worldwide.
  • Peace Boat

      12 October 2017  On 26.09.2017, travellers from the NGO Peace Boat met in the Centre of Dialogue and Prayer with students from the town of Oswiecim.
  • SantEgidio

      28 September 2017  On the 22th September, over 500 young adults of the Organisation Sant Egidio from 7 different countries Central and Eastern Europe  were guests of the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer.  Before, they had visited the State Museum of Auschwitz Birkenau  as part of the 5th international “European Youth for a world without violence”.
  • Tea Ceremony at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer

      22 September 2017  The representatives of the Esperantists Association of Beijing and Chinese Tea Association of City for the promotion of the Hangzhou Tea brand visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on 19.09.2017.
  • Consul Mrs. Ursula Maier has visited the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer

    On Tuesday, 19.09.2017 the Consul Mrs. Ursula Maier from the Consulate General of Germany in Krakow has visited the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer.
  • Eight European Workshop

    The Polish Archbishop Wojciech Polak‘s visit in the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer was organised as part of the Eighth “European Workshop on Dealing with the Past of Auschwitz Burdened by Violence” by the Maximilan Kolbe Foundation. During that workshop, the Archbishop held a lecture about “The Role of the Church in the past around Auschwitz”.


Krakowska Fundacja
Centrum Dialogu i Modlitwy
w Oświęcimiu
ul. M. Kolbego 1, 32-602 Oświęcim

tel.: +48 (33) 843 10 00
tel.: +48 (33) 843 08 88
fax: +48 (33) 843 10 01

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