11 Stages App to raise awareness on genocide and teach about the Holocaust

11 Stages genocide awareness app by HIA Polska and Tomasz Cebulski

The month of April was proclaimed Genocide Awareness Month. This is when we mark the Yom Hashoah, Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the 27th of Nisan. In 1943 this Hebrew calendar date reflected April 19th, and was the first day of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

April 24th ,1915 was the day when the Armenian Genocide was initiated by the Turks.  On April 17, 1975, the Cambodian genocide began, and on April 7, 1994, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda began. All of those anniversaries in April are marked today with official remembrance days and commemorative events.

The best way to remember and prevent genocides is to raise awareness of their recurrence in human history.  

11 Stages App is ready to be used in school education and planning visits to historical sites. 

The app has been developed since 2020 in a team of historians and educators from Humanity in Action Polska,  Polin Travel and Sky Heritage Pictures. The concept was initiated and executed by HIA Polska CEO Monika Rafał-Mazur. Tomasz Cebulski, PhD acted as scientific supervisor and content creator.  The project was supported by the EVZ Foundation.

The app presents the theory of 10 socio-political stages leading to genocide by professor Gregory Stanton complemented with 11 th stage proposed by the co-author of the app, Dr. Tomasz Cebulski. The idea to develop the educational app came as a response to the need of raising awareness of genocides among students. The authors were also responding to the lack of coherent and student-accessible materials to prepare and evaluate school visits to the memorial sites of the Holocaust or other genocides of the XX century.  The teaching methodology of the app abstracts from overusing numbers, statistics, or an abstract history narrative. The authors focused on the biographies of people who during the Second World War did not remain indifferent, stood up for human rights, opposed violence and injustice. Those characters’ stories are narrated at the historic sites and with an explanation of the next stage in the vicious circle of genocide.  The characters depicted are not widely known and the sites are visualized in innovative ways to attract the younger audience. The usage of augmented reality tools engages the students in interaction and offers a better grasp of history as a result.

The app acquired education is to help the students to experience real sites of memory and Museums, evaluate their narrative content as well as to understand the dynamics of contemporary politics.

We believe that 20 minutes devoted to our app in the classroom or on the bus to the Museum will strengthen the message of these places for youth, prepare the ground for the work of an educator and help to process the factually and emotionally difficult material.

Why is the app unique?

It is an education-oriented fusion of:

  • new technologies,
  • knowledge base of WW II history and human rights,
  • lesser-known facts about National Socialism, WW II, and the Holocaust,
  • thought-provoking stories about real heroes and heroines,
  • new ways of historical narrative
  • new visual take on historical sites

 You can download the 11 STAGES free app available in three languages: Polish, English, and German:

  ⇓  Android: Genocide awareness 11 STAGES APP Download for Android

  ⇓ iOS: Genocide awareness 11 STAGES APP Download for iOS

About the Author
I hold an MA in International Relations and Politics and an MA in Middle East Studies, both from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. I am a PhD in the field of Political Studies, writing on the changing patterns of Holocaust and Auschwitz memory. I am a scholar of comparative genocide studies and author of a book "Auschwitz after Auschwitz". I work professionally as Jewish genealogist. I am a guide and genealogist through complicated matters and sites. My research company Polin Travel was initiated in 2000 to merge three of my passions: Jewish history, genealogy, and guiding. The last 20 years brought many explorations, genealogical finds, and emotions that proved to be transformative for me and my clients. Pursuing an academic career I don't lose sight of moving my travel activities on-line with first successful on-line guided tours, on-line genealogy, supported with customized films, and lectures. During the COVID pandemic I initiated a new visual history and historical site interpretation project SKY HERITAGE PICTURES.
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