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Research

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. 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.

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MISSION

Memorial sites play an important role as elements of historical education and as a warning relating to the horrific crimes committed by totalitarian regimes. For the warning to be loud and clear, these sites must be preserved and managed well and they also must fulfill their educational roles. Therefore, to safeguard the crucial social values, memorial sites require significant financial resources. Unfortunately, the majority of memorial sites face considerable financial and organizational difficulties, although some of them fulfill their social mission very effectively and develop best management, fundraising, and commemoration standards. The economic aspect of preserving the sites of crimes against humanity, though crucial for societies, has not been researched prior to this organization. There are no studies that integrate and analyze best practices and at present no research projects exist which are focused on the requirements and the measurements of the preservation and organization of these 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.

Prof. Adam Szpaderski

Research Team & Collaborators

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Associate Professor

Adam Szpaderski

Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites

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Piotr M. A. Cywiński, Ph.D.

Historian, the Chief Expert of the Center and Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Professor

Klaus Bachmann

Historian and political scientist, specializes in European integration, totalitarian regimes, and transitional justice

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Jacek Kastelaniec

Senior Advisor for the World Jewish Congress, co-founder and former long-standing Director General of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

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Associate Professor

Mirosław Filiciak

Media and culture expert, researches the relationship between digital media and cultural participation
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Robert Kunczt, J.D.

Lawyer, lecturer at the University of the Incarnate Word (USA), specilizes in human rights, legal systems, international organizations, and the rule of law 

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Christopher P. Neck

Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University (USA), specializes in organizational behavior, leadership and group decision making process

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Andrzej Goworski

Center Assistant, researches the history of medicine, analyzes culture and history of Central and Eastern European Countries and Russia

 

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.

Partners

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Program Committee

  • Piotr M. A. Cywiński, Ph.D.
    Director Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, Chief Expert of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University, and the Chair of the Program Committee at the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites
  • Janusz Barszcz
    Director of the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoźnica and a Member of the Program Committee of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University
  • Tomasz Kranz, Ph.D.
    Director of the State Museum at Majdanek, the Museum – Memorial Site in Bełżec and the Museum of the Former Death Camp in Sobibór and a Member of the Program Committee of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University
  • Michał Niezabitowski
    Director of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków
  • Piotr Tarnowski
    Director of the Museum Stutthof in Sztutowo and a Member of the Program Committee of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University
  • Anna Ziółkowska, Ph.D.
    Director of Muzeum Martyrologiczne w Żabikowie (Memorial and Museum in Żabikowo) and the Museum of the Former German Kulmhof Death Camp in Chełmno on Ner; Member of the Program Committee of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University
  • Adam Szpaderski, Associate Professor of Management at SWPS University
    Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites  and the Secretary of the Program Committee of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites at SWPS University

Networking

1st Expert Panel on the Economics of Memorial Sites

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

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Center in the Media

  • Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites 
    Interview with Adam Szpaderski by Paweł Sawicki. Memoria. 2018, no 5, pp. 24-27:
    https://joom.ag/30eY/p24

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  • Centrum Badań nad Ekonomiką Miejsc Pamięci 
    Wywiad z Adamem Szpaderskim przeprowadził Paweł Sawicki. Memoria. 2018, nr 5, s. 24-27:
    https://joom.ag/rCCY/p24

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Location

SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31
03-815 Warsaw
room 103 (1st floor)

Contact

Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
tel. + 48 691 780 930
e-mail: memorials@swps.edu.pl

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