In January 2022, recognizing the need to bring lessons of Auschwitz to American high school students,  the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF) launched its first educational initiative in the United States: Auschwitz Legacy Fellowship. The idea behind this year-long program is to bring American high school teachers to Auschwitz so that they – in return – can bring lessons of Auschwitz to their students back home ​​and continue to teach them for the next five consecutive years.

This program focuses specifically on Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of the concentration and death camps and the most recognizable symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust. It will teach universal lessons through its lens.

Over the next five years, ABMF will pick 500 high school teachers who will travel to Poland for an intense week-long visit to Warsaw, Krakow, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The program will ensure that teachers from all fifty states visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site, spend time with the education team, immerse themselves in this challenging and tragic history, visit the barracks, see the preservation labs, obtain the tools and language necessary for teaching this hard material in their classrooms, and meet people who have committed their lives to the work of memory preservation.

We want more people to know what Auschwitz was with the ultimate goal of developing an understanding of what leads to genocide.

Upon returning to the U.S., teachers will receive educational tools to share with their students, including movies, lesson plans, and access to new online, live, guided remote tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau (developed by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation). Supported by our team, teachers will continue to teach lessons of Auschwitz for years to come.




The 2022 cohort will include 32 fellows from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and Utah, as well as Holocaust educators from the partner institutions. 

ABMF is proud to begin this work in 2022 with four partners: the United Jewish Federation of Utah,  the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (Kansas/Missouri), the Mizel Museum (Colorado), and the Zekelman Holocaust Center (Michigan).