Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim



  • Stefan Wilkanowicz (3.01.1924 - 9.07.2022)

    On July 9, 2022, Stefan Wilkanowicz, one of the great wise people of dialogue in Poland, who had a significant impact on social life after the political change of 1989, died at the age of 98.
  • May 21st to June 10th 2022 Congregation Council of Salvatorian Sisters

      10 June 2022 
    May 21st  to June 10th 2022  Congregation Council of Salvatorian Sisters at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer
  • Guests from Ukraine

      19 March 2022 
  • Change of Director

      23 August 2021  From July 1, 2021, Fr. Paweł Baran is the new Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim. He replaces Fr. Jan Nowak, who managed CDiM for over 20 years.
  • Edith Stein Connects - Videos

    On the occasion of the commemoration of Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Patroness of Europe on August 9, 2021,
    we invited you in short videos to tell each other how Edith Stein inspires you. (-> Invitation)

    Here are some answers:

    (The respective authors are solely responsible for the content of the linked films)

  • On the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation - A Message from Former Prisoners of the Auschwitz - Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Death Camp

    Last year, as in previous years, the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim hosted the former prisoners who participated in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the former camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year it is impossible due to the pandemic, so we have asked the survivors of Auschwitz to pass on their message to people in the world.

    We would also like to invite you to share your reflections via the Internet / Facebook, which we will convey to former prisoners who spend a lot of time locked down in their homes because of the pandemic. WELCOME.

  • Faith in Auschwitz. The victim experience and interfaith dialogue today

      25 November 2020  Webinar, November 5th 2020,
    from 16:00 to 19:00 (Warsaw time) / 10am to 1 pm (NY time).
  • Sr. Mary O'Sullivan RSM has completed her ministry at CDiM

      30 September 2020  Sr. Mary O'Sullivan RSM (Religious order Sisters of Mercy, Ireland) served at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim since 2009. In March this year, due to health problems, she had to make a very difficult decision to end her service at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer.
  • 11th European Workshop

      27 August 2020  From August 11-16, 2020 at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim for the eleventh time the European workshop "On Dealing with the Past of Auschwitz Burdened by Violence" organized by the Maximillian Kolbe Foundation from Germany was held. The Foundation was established 13 years ago by the Episcopates of Germany and Poland. In the preamble to the founding act, one of its objectives highlights reconciliation efforts based on the power of memory.
  • 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.
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Krakowska Fundacja
Centrum Dialogu i Modlitwy
w Oświęcimiu
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