Holocaust Education expert writing new book on Salesians of Auschwitz
Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:43
Over the past year, Dr Alasdair Richardson, a specialist in Holocaust Education, has been researching the lives of the 22 Salesian priests who were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War, for a new book to be published in January 2021 by Don Bosco Publications.
Alasdair, Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester's Institute of Education, has many years of experience in Religious Education, and is also is an Educator with the Holocaust Educational Trust and a member of the Education Advisory Group for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Only six Salesian priests survived Auschwitz. Fr Kazimierz Wojciechowski SDB was one of four Salesians who were murdered on the day of their arrival at the camp; and Fr Ludwik Mroczek SDB, one of 12 Salesian priests taken into Auschwitz together in June 1941, was so severely beaten on his first day that he was sent to the 'hospital' where despite his own suffering, he ministered to the other prisoners from his bed in his final days.
Fr Kazimierz and Fr Ludwik have both been named Servants of God, and the cause for their beatification, along with those of other Salesian martyrs, continues.
Alasdair's recent publications include "Religious Education - What is it trying to do?", written with Rhiannon Love, in Debates in Primary Education, ed Virginia Bower, Routledge, 2020; "Playing Devil's Advocate: Classroom Encounters With Holocaust Perpetrators", in The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies, eds Susanne C Knittel and Zachary J Goldberg London: Routledge, 2019; and "Site-seeing: reflections on visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum with teenagers." Holocaust Studies:1-14, 2019.
'The Salesian Martyrs of Auschwitz', by Dr Alasdair Richardson, will be published in January 2021. If you would like to know more, please contact Don Bosco Publications.
Alasdair has also created an accompanying exhibition which can be hosted by schools and parishes during the coming year, and is working on a series of RE resources related to the Salesians of Auschwitz. Find out more on the link below.