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Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites

Institute of Social Sciences

The Center conducts research on the economic, financial and management processes related to the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites around the world. The Center also carries out related activities, including diagnosis of the financial and administrative requirements of memorial sites; gathering and analysis of best practices, and the development of measures of effectiveness related to the operation of various memorial sites around the world.


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About
the Center

Idea

Memorial sites play an important role as elements of historical education and as a warning against horrific crimes committed by totalitarian regimes. However, for the warning to be loud and clear, these sites must function and fulfill their educational role, they must be preserved. To safeguard these crucial social values significant resources are required. Although the majority of memorial sites face considerable financial and organizational difficulties, some of them fulfill their social mission very effectively and develop best management, fundraising, and commemoration standards. The economic, financial, and managerial aspects of preserving memorial sites, though crucial for societies, have not been researched prior to the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites.The main goal of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites is the development of scientific doctrine of the economics of memorial sites, which will provide a set of best practices and measures of effectiveness, related to the economic, financial and management aspects of the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites.Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski Additionally, the Center organizes seminars and conferences to provide interdisciplinary networking opportunities for individuals and institutions involved in the development and operation of memorial sites. It also researches and promotes standards of management and commemoration that have been developed in Poland according to the recommendations of the Wannsee Memorandum.

Program of Research

The main goal of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites is the development of scientific doctrine of the economics of memorial sites, which will provide best practices and measures of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and management aspects of the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites. This goal will be realized in collaboration with the leading stakeholders in the community, including national institutions, directors, fundraisers, benefactors and curators.

To realize this mission, the Center will conduct international comparative research at the memorial sites, where the former German Nazi concentration camps, extermination camps and places of mass executions are located, including the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands (Holland), Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. At a later stage, research will be expanded to include other memorial sites around the world.

Teaching

The Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, Professor Adam Szpaderski, is also the Program Head of the postgraduate study program “The Roots of the 20th Century Totalitarianism: Auschwitz – Holocaust – Genocides”. The program is offered in collaboration with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

The Roots of the 20th Century Totalitarianism: Auschwitz - Holocaust - Genocides
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The Roots of the 20th Century Totalitarianism:

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News

Awards & Recognition15-09-2023

Professor Adam Szpaderski Awarded the Guardian of National Remembrance Medal

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Projects and Implementation05-06-2023

How to prevent totalitarianisms? – Interview with Prof. Adam Szpaderski, Head of the “Roots of the 20th century totalitarianisms” postgraduate program

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News18-04-2023

Daffodils Campaign at SWPS University in Warsaw

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Research Projects01-02-2023

Model of effective management of dispersed martyrdom heritage

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Awards & Recognition29-11-2022

Professor Adam Szpaderski Awarded the Pawiak Prison Museum Medal

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News08-09-2022

Explaining the Roots of Evil: Cooperation Between SWPS University and Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Publications in English15-07-2022

International Leadership and Management: Emerging, Contemporary, and Unorthodox Perspectives

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Awards & Recognition15-06-2022

Professor Adam Szpaderski Appointed Chairman of the Board of the Prisoners-of-War Remembrance League

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Awards & Recognition06-05-2022

Professor Adam Szpaderski appointed Senior Consultant to the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War

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Awards & Recognition30-03-2021

Prof. Adam Szpaderski Appointed Adviser for Strategic Development of NOSPR

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Awards & Recognition04-01-2021

Prof. Adam Szpaderski Appointed Education Strategy Advisor to Stutthof Museum

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Awards & Recognition20-11-2020

Prof. Adam Szpaderski Appointed Chief Consultant of Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

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Awards & Recognition15-09-2020

Prof. Adam Szpaderski Appointed to Gross-Rosen Museum Council

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Conferences26-03-2019

Economics of Memorial Sites: Researching Museums and Memorial Sites

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Research Projects02-10-2018

Key factors determining strategic goals achievement of memorial museums with particular emphasis on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim

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Bachmann, Klaus
Bio
Tak
Specialization
historian, political scientist, lecturer in German, specializies in issues of European integration, totalitarian regimes and transitional justice
Permanent employee
Tak
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Klaus Bachmann
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Professor
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warszawa
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political-science-and-public-administration
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Professor Klaus Bachmannhistorian, political scientist, lecturer in German, specializies in issues of European integration, totalitarian regimes and transitional justice
Barbasiewicz, Olga
Bio
Nie
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cultural researcher specializing in Japanese language and culture, political scientist
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Olga Barbasiewicz
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Olga Barbasiewiczcultural researcher specializing in Japanese language and culture, political scientist
Golińska, Agnieszka
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Tak
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business psychologist and certified Assessment and Development Center (AC/DC) assessor, specializes in organizational behavior
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Agnieszka Golińska
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
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management-and-quality-studies
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Agnieszka Golińskabusiness psychologist and certified Assessment and Development Center (AC/DC) assessor, specializes in organizational behavior
Jaskułowski, Krzysztof
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Sociologist and historian, specializing in theory of nation and nationalism, collective memory, contemporary migrations
First and last name
Krzysztof Jaskułowski
Academic degree or title
Professor
City
warszawa
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sociology
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profesor
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Professor Krzysztof JaskułowskiSociologist and historian, specializing in theory of nation and nationalism, collective memory, contemporary migrations
Kwiatkowski, Piotr Tadeusz
Bio
Tak
Specialization
sociologist, specializing in public opinion polling and market research
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Piotr Tadeusz Kwiatkowski
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Professor
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warszawa
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sociology
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profesor
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Professor Piotr Tadeusz Kwiatkowskisociologist, specializing in public opinion polling and market research
Leszczyński, Adam
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Tak
Specialization
sociologist and historian
First and last name
Adam Leszczyński
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor
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warszawa
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sociology
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor Adam Leszczyńskisociologist and historian
Pacholarz, Wioletta
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Wioletta Pacholarz
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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management and quality studies researcher
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warszawa
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management-and-quality-studies
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Wioletta Pacholarzmanagement and quality studies researcher
Rogiński, Mikołaj
Bio
Tak
Specialization
specializes in management sciences, researches peer production organizations, open software, and knowledge sharing
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Mikołaj Rogiński
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
Discipline
management-and-quality-studies
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adiunkt
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Mikołaj Rogińskispecializes in management sciences, researches peer production organizations, open software, and knowledge sharing
Wojtkiewicz, Katarzyna B.
Bio
Tak
Specialization
manager, lawyer, designer of EU (Data) Governance and public policy instruments
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Katarzyna B. Wojtkiewicz
Academic degree or title
Ph.D., LL.M. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
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adiunkt
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Ph.D., LL.M. / Assistant Professor Katarzyna B. Wojtkiewiczmanager, lawyer, designer of EU (Data) Governance and public policy instruments

Program Committee
Directors of Museums and Memorial Sites

Cywiński, Piotr Historian, Chief Expert of the Center, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Piotr M. A. Cywiński
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Specialization
Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Ph.D. Piotr M. A. Cywińskihistorian, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Barszcz, Janusz Director of the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoźnica
Bio
Nie
Specialization
Director of the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoźnica
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Janusz Barszcz
Ph.D. Janusz BarszczDirector of the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoźnica
Kopówka, Edward Director of the Treblinka Museum
Bio
Nie
Specialization
historian
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Edward Kopówka
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Ph.D. Edward Kopówkahistorian
Kranz, Tomasz Director of the State Museum at Majdanek
Bio
Nie
Specialization
historian, cultural researcher specializing in German culture
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Tomasz Kranz
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Ph.D. Tomasz Kranzhistorian, cultural researcher specializing in German culture
Niezabitowski, Michał Director of the Museum of the City of Kraków
Bio
Nie
Specialization
historian, museologist
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Michał Niezabitowski
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Ph.D. Michał Niezabitowskihistorian, museologist
Tarnowski, Piotr Director of the Stutthof Museum
Bio
Nie
Specialization
pedagogist, civil servant
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Piotr Tarnowski
Ph.D. Piotr Tarnowskipedagogist, civil servant
Ziółkowska, Anna Director of the Martyrdom Museum in Żabikowo
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Anna Ziółkowska
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Ph.D. Anna Ziółkowska

Associated Researchers and Experts

Adamiak, Katarzyna
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Katarzyna Adamiak
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Akademia Wymiaru Sprawiedliwości (State Correctional Services Academy)
Specialization
holds a doctoral degree in management studies
Ph.D. / Akademia Wymiaru Sprawiedliwości (State Correctional Services Academy) Katarzyna Adamiakholds a doctoral degree in management studies
Głąb, Katarzyna cultural memory researcher
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Katarzyna Głąb
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Ph.D. Katarzyna Głąb
Karczewski, Wojciech expert in organizational management
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Nie
Specialization
expert in the field of organization and management, consultant, and manager
First and last name
Wojciech Karczewski
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Role in the Faculty
[]
Role in the Department
[]
Role in the Institute
[]
Role in the Research Center
[]
Ph.D. Wojciech Karczewskiexpert in the field of organization and management, consultant, and manager
Kastelaniec, Jacek Senior Advisor for the World Jewish Congress, co-founder and former long-standing Director General of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
Role in the Faculty
null
Role in the Department
null
Role in the Institute
null
Role in the Research Center
null
First and last name
Jacek Kastelaniec
Ph.D. Jacek Kastelaniecsenior advisor Światowego Kongresu Żydów, współtwórca i wieloletni dyrektor generalny Fundacji Auschwitz-Birkenau
Kunczt, Robert lawyer, specializes in human rights
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
Role in the Faculty
null
Role in the Department
null
Role in the Institute
null
Role in the Research Center
null
Specialization
lawyer, lecturer at the University of the Incarnate Word (USA)
First and last name
Robert Kunczt
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Ph.D. Robert Kuncztlawyer, lecturer at the University of the Incarnate Word (USA)
Mikosik, Piotr expert in strategic and process management
Bio
Nie
Specialization
specializes in strategic and process management
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Piotr Mikosik
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Management Academy of Applied Sciences
Ph.D. / Management Academy of Applied Sciences Piotr Mikosikspecializes in strategic and process management
Neck, Christopher P. Associate Professor of Management, specializes in organizational behavior, leadership and group decision making process
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
Role in the Faculty
null
Role in the Department
null
Role in the Institute
null
Role in the Research Center
null
First and last name
Christopher P. Neck
Academic degree or title
Professor / Arizona State University
Professor / Arizona State University Christopher P. NeckAssociate Professor of Management at Arizona State University (USA), specializes in organizational behavior, leadership and group decision making process
Szczygielska, Agnieszka
Bio
Nie
Specialization
holds a doctoral degree in management studies
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Agnieszka Szczygielska
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Associate Professor at the War Studies University
Ph.D. / Associate Professor at the War Studies University Agnieszka Szczygielskaholds a doctoral degree in management studies

Research
Projects

Project co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

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Key factors determining the achievement of strategic goals of museums and memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps with particular emphasis on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim

Auschwitz projektThe project aims to identify and analyze key factors determining the achievement of strategic goals of museums and memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps with particular emphasis on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim and to formulate development strategies for these institutions with the application of SWOT/TOWS analysis. The results of the project will be also used to develop tools for international comparative studies on determinants and strategies of effectiveness of institutionalized memorial sites related to the Nazi German camp system in Europe.

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Model of effective management of dispersed martyrdom heritage

Palmiry CemeteryThe project presents an innovative approach to the difficult topic of effective management of dispersed martyrdom heritage – a research field which is part of the strategy of commemorating the tragic history of genocide perpetrated by Germans on the civil population of Warsaw and the surrounding areas during World War II. The goal is to establish an ecomuseum on a management model which will be developed during the course of this study and to equip the institution with a system of parameterization and measurement tools enabling the assessment of the museum’s impact on the economic and social development of the region.

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Muzeometr

The goal of the project is to develop an integrated system of parametrization and efficacy assessment of museums and other cultural institutions in the area of remembrance policy – the so-called MUZEOMETER. The project is carried out under the auspices of aligned with the goals of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The research team will also formulate legislative recommendations concerning the implementation of the parametrization system and the assessment of museum effectiveness. The results of the project will be available to the interested parties across the museum sector.

The project is carried out by SWPS University’s Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the National Institute for Museums. The initiative is co-funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

Read more about the project (in Polish)  

Norway supports Holocaust education

In November 2021, the Ambassador of Norway, Anders Eide, representing the Norway Grants, signed a cooperation agreement with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The goal of the agreement is to support the program “Education strategy, employing innovative technologies, for the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau”, which is focused upholding the memory about the victims and survivors of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The initiative is financed by the European Economic Area (EEA) funds and Norway Grants.

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Networking

The Center collaborates with the leading stakeholders in the community, including national institutions, directors, fundraisers, benefactors and curators.

Interview with Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, veteran of the Warsaw Rising 1944

A group of students of SWPS Unviersity's Management and Leadership program, under the leadership of Katarzyna Wojtkiwicz, Ph.D. who is one of the researchers working at the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, conducted an interview with Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, a former soldier of Home Army, who fought in the Warsaw Rising 1944. The interview was recorded to serve as a message and educational material for younger generations who are now charged with upholding the memory of the victims of WWII.

Debate: War and Auschwitz. Remembrance and Education

Candles burning on railway tracks leading to Auschwitz

The debate took place on September 1, 2023, which coincided with the 84th anniversary of the beginning of WWII. The seminar provided an opportunity for reflection and discussion on the significance of remembrance and historical education, with the focus on memorial sites, museums and media.

Read more about the debate (in Polish)  

Seminar: The Economics of Memorial Sties. Research Plan Concerning Museums and Memorial Sites of the Former Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps

Seminar on the economics of memorial sites at USWPSThe Seminar, which took place on March 26, 2019, was organized by the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, SWPS University, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, and SWPS University’s Institute of Social Sciences. During the seminar, the researchers presented the assumptions and the program of the economics of memorial sites and the status of ongoing pilot research projects focused on key factors, which determine the achievement of strategic goals of museums and memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps. They also provided an overview of pan European comparative research on the determinants and effectiveness strategies for institutionalized memorial sites of the Nazi German camp system.

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Cooperation agreement with The Central Museam of War

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On September 28, 2018, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, signed a cooperation agreement with the Central Museum of Prisoners of War, represented by dr. Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska, Ph.D., Director of the Museum. The agreements will facilitate cooperation of both parties related to the development of research on the economics of memorial sites, which will include sets of best practices and measures of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and management aspects of the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites.

Cooperation agreement with The Museum od Pawiak Prison in Warsaw and Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom

Pawiak i MWiM

On September 26, 2018, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, signed a cooperation agreement with the Museum of Pawiak Prison in Warsaw and the Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom, represented by dr. Tadusz Skoczek, Ph.D., Director of the Museum of Independence in Warsaw, and Małgorzata Łusiak, Chief Accounting Officer. The agreements will facilitate cooperation of the afore-mentioned parties related to the development of research on the economics of memorial sites, which will include sets of best practices and measures of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and management aspects of the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites.

Cooperation agreement with Treblinka Museum. The Nazi German Extermination Camp and Forced Labor Camp (1941-1944)

Treblinka

On September 21, 2018, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, signed a cooperation agreement with the Treblinka Museum. The Nazi German Extermination Camp and Forced Labor Camp (1941-1944), represented by dr. Edward Kopówka, Ph.D., Director of the Museum. The agreement will facilitate cooperation of both parties related to the development of research on the economics of memorial sites, which will include sets of best practices and measure of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and management aspects of the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites.

Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Gestapo

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Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Gestapo organized by the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków took place from 13 to 15 September, 2018 in Kraków. One of the main panelists in the discussion that opened the event’s conference on Memorial Sites: Present and Future was Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, who presented the economic and managerial determinants of the institutionalization of memorial sites related to the Nazi German camp system in Poland and Europe. Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Gestapo event was hosted by the Mayor of the City of Kraków. The conference was organized under the auspices of the Governor of the Lesser Poland Province and the Director of the Kraków branch of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).

Research on the Role of Cultural Heritage in the Building of (National) Identity in Post Conflict Situation

ZiH

A prestigious international conference, Research on the Role of Cultural Heritage in the Building of (National) Identity in Post Conflict Situations, took place from 10 to 12 September, 2018 at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. The conference was opened by the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The event was organized as part of the Joint Heritage European Program (JHEP2) focused on the coordination and actions supporting the Joint Program Initiatives on cultural heritage and global change. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is a beneficiary of the program. Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, as the Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, was one of the guests at the conference. The conference was an excellent networking opportunity. The event was organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the National Institute for Museums and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute.

Remembrance Forum: Confrnce of Martyrdom Museums

The 9th Remembrance Forum: Conference of Martyrdom Museums in Poland took place from 5 to 6 September, 2018 at the Museum Stutthof in Sztutowo. At the conference, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, delivered a lecture titled “The Economics of Memorial Sites: Research Assumptions and Advantages for the Sector.” The annual Remembrance Forum provides a platform for opinion leaders and leading experts from Poland and other countries, such as directors, curators, researchers, and also representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The event was organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Museum Stutthof in Sztutowo, represented by Piotr M. A. Cywiński, Ph.D., Director of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Piotr Tarnowski, Director of the Museum Stutthof in Sztutowo.

Cooperation agreement with The Museum Dulag 121

Treblinka

On September 17, 2018, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, signed a cooperation agreement with the Museum Dulag 121, represented by Małgorzata Bojanowska, Director of the Museum. The agreement will facilitate cooperation of both parties related to the development of research on the economics of memorial sites, which will include sets of best practices and measures of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and management aspects of the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites. Museum Dulag 121 in Pruszków commemorates and documents the history of the Nazi German transit camp Dulag 121 and the life stories of inhabitants of Warsaw and the surrounding areas, who were expelled from their homes by Germans during and after the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

1st Expert Panel on the Economics of Memorial Sites

Treblinka

On April 16, 2018, SWPS University hosted the 1st Expert Panel on the Economics of Memorial Sites

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in the media


Professor Adam Szpaderski spoke with Paweł Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief of the Memoria magazine, about the idea and the goals of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites. Memoria is a Polish-English monthly magazine, published by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (Memoria. 2018, no 5, pp. 24-27).

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