Before Auschwitz became the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust, it was just an ordinary Polish town known as Oswiecim.  The majority of its citizens were Jewish.  Generations of merchants, rabbis, doctors, and lawyers raised families here and contributed to a richly textured Jewish culture.  Jews worked, married, studied and worshipped, cared for their families, and served the community. The tragedy of Holocaust suddenly ended the centuries-old Jewish life of the town.

In September 2000, the Auschwitz Jewish Center opened its doors to honor the former residents of the town and to teach future generations about the destruction caused by the Holocaust.  
The Center facilities include the Jewish Museum, Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot Synagogue, and Education Center.  The Center’s exhibitions and programs are open to visitors and students from around the world.  Dedicated to public education, the Center’s programs teach about the richness of pre-war Jewish life in Oswiecim and build awareness of the dangers of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and the other forms of intolerance.