On November 9th, at the invitation of TIF Helexp, the organizers of the PHILOXENIA tourist fair, Dr Anna Stróż-Pawłowska, Director of Museum of Poles Saving Jews, took part in the ‘Dark Tourism’ conference in Thessaloniki.
During the conference, specialists from around the world focused on the role of the ‘dark past’ of places as an element attracting tourists. The conference discussed the role of museums related to the subject, cemeteries, prisons, war heritage sites, monuments and memorial sites, as well as the management of the criminal landscape itself, and the relationship of all these elements with religion and cultural tourism.
Dr Anna Stróż-Pawłowska, Director of Museum of Poles Saving Jews, presented the topic: ‘How a singular, tragic Holocaust story in the Polish countryside can inspire the tourists from around the world? The case of The Ulma Family Museum in Markowa’, during the panel ‘Memorial Tourism without borders’. Director presented the phenomenon of the Museum of Poles Saving Jews – a small institution dedicated to the Polish Righteous, which has become one of the most important tourist destinations in the region, attracting crowds of visitors from all over the world.