Traces of National Socialism
Since 1986 up to 40 seminars each year visit the memorials to the victims of National Socialism. For IBB the primary excursion location is Auschwitz, the best known place of the genocide of the European Jews and the singular symbol of the Holocaust.
In its seminars IBB is concerned with the question of how such a criminal system was able to function and how people became victims and perpetrators. Looking at the multitude of preserved documents, in talks with contemporary witnesses and scholars, these questions can be discussed in Auschwitz like virtually nowhere else.
The seminars also visit Kraków, a former centre of Jewish culture. Here, in visits to museums, synagogues, graveyards and through Jewish foods and klezmer music, one can experience what once constituted Jewish life.