A. HISTORICAL COMIC BOOK – PRINCIPLES

We return to the subject of Auschwitz using a new method and bearing in mind the contemporary Reader, who wants to expand their knowledge about concentration and death camps created by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during the Second World War. The history of Auschwitz is presented by showing the fate of real people, showing them as they really were, their ups and downs, hopes and doubts in the nightmarish depravity of Auschwitz. Historical research works, essential in the understanding of history, are, in our opinion, not enough and often don’t appeal to young readers. A straightforward historical comic in an attractive graphical form, written in a lively way, offers the opportunity to better perceive the tragic events, and therefore to gain a more direct knowledge of the history. We hope that in this way we will encourage readers to delve further and read future comics in the series, thereby further probe the subject of Auschwitz in the form proposed by us.

B. 90/10

After several attempts to present the history of the Holocaust in comic book form – for example Spiegelman’s literary “Maus”– it is time for a Historical Comic Book ABOUT AUSCHWiTZ, in which history is presented without ideological skew and harmful stereotypes. History is presented here honestly and in an interesting way. 90% of the events in the comics are historically accurate, based on testimony of former prisoners, 10% of the events are historically likely– situations and events, which had taken place in Auschwitz and were described in memoirs by those who knew the people presented in the comic books.

C. COMIC BOOK AS EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL

The comics are created in cooperation with historians specializing in concentration and extermination camps, military matters, and World War II. Work on the comic is accompanied by in-depth consultations with survivors, especially former prisoners of Auschwitz.

The historical comics “Episodes from Auschwitz” can be excellent educational materials for both teachers and students. Each comic book is 40 pages long. In addition to the dynamic color art work, the Reader will find an introduction that puts the presented events into historical context, an article by a researcher on the subject, a glossary of historical terms, and bibliography. Supplementary educational material with notes for teachers is aimed for use in the classroom.

This material will be available FREE OF CHARGE, downloadable from our website in PDF file format.

The comics can also be used to prepare young people for a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim, especially during topic-based visits – footsteps of the heroes whose destinies are presented in the following episodes in the series.

D. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We thank the historians and employees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim – We thank Mr. Kazimierz Smoleń, former prisoner, expert on Auschwitz, witness in the postwar trials against the SS garrison, lawyer, and longtime director of the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum.

We thank the directors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim and the Management as well as Employees of the International Center for Education About Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Editors