From 17 August to 25 September 2021, the Boberhaus diorama will be presented at the headquarters of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. It is a model showing the now non-existent building called the House on the Bóbr river, which before World War II was in Lwówek Śląski and played an important role in the upbringing and education of young people, and the then owner of the estate in Krzyżowa, Helmuth James von Moltke, was involved in its activities.

The author of the diorama is Rainer Dierchen, who tried to recreate this unique monument of the Lwówek’s region in the smallest details, mainly for promotional purposes, to support the idea of ​​rebuilding the Boberhaus as the European Center for Culture, Education and History. It is implemented by the Lwówek’s Regional Society in cooperation with the municipal partner association Heidenau e.V., referring to the activities of the Boberhaus from 1926-1937, when it housed the National People's University. This institution was mainly involved in organizing volunteer camps and courses for young people from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, during which there were physical and artistic activities as well as discussions on current topics. It is estimated that over 40,000 young people took part in such initiatives, and in this respect, the Boberhaus was a model followed by other entities throughout Germany. 

The Maximilian-Kolbe-Foundation is organizing workshops on the heritage of Auschwitz for the 12th time. The meeting entitled “On dealing with the past of Auschwitz burdened by violence. Invitation to broaden perspectives ”will be held at the seat of the Krakow Foundation for the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim , on 11-16 August.
One of the guests of this event will be dr hab. Robert Żurek, managing director of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, who will take part in a meeting on the significance of Maksymilian Kolbe in the process of Polish-German reconciliation and in a lecture by workshop participants on the memory of World War II and Auschwitz in their countries.

Professor Włodzimierz Borodziej - former member of the Council of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, historian specialising in modern history, professor at the Historical Institute of Warsaw University, editor-in-chief of "Polish Diplomatic Papers" published by the Polish Institute of International Affairs, chairman of the Scientific Councils of the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena (since 2016) and the House of European History in Brussels (2009-2019) died on 11 July 2021 at the age of 64.

The Więź.pl portal published an interview conducted last year with Prof. Włodzimierz Borodziej by Dr. Robert Żurek, Managing Director of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. The conversation was originally recorded as a podcast in the framework of the project "A united Europe was not achieved and we had war" realized by "Krzyżowa" Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe with the support of Regional Representation of European Commission in Wrocław.

We are very pleased to inform you that the Managing Director of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Robert Żurek, has been awarded a postdoctoral degree in history. The degree was conferred by a resolution of the Council of the History Discipline of the Pedagogical University in Cracow on 16.12.2020 on the basis of his scientific achievement "The Roman Catholic Church in Poland and the Western and Northern Lands 1945-1948". The habilitation diploma is dated 11 June 2021.

Robert Zurek is a graduate in history and Catholic theology from the Free University of Berlin. He received his doctorate in Halle. He was a scholarship holder at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw (2003-2005) and then a researcher and deputy director of the Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin (2006-2012). From 2013 to 2016 he was director of the Wrocław branch of the Institute of National Remembrance.

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