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The Best Student Government Initiative Competition for secondary school students from Lodz in the school year 2023-2024

December 1, 2023, marks the 81st anniversary of the establishment of the German concentration camp for Polish children in Lodz on Przemyslowa Street. The first transport of minor prisoners, who were deprived of their childhood and sentenced to hard work beyond their strength, arrived at the camp on December 11, 1942. Twenty-five months of hunger, suffering, longing and trying to hold on to the hope of returning to their homes and loved ones, ended on January 18, 1945.

Out of the approximately 3,000 little prisoners of the camp on Przemyslowa Street, there are still a dozen or so last witnesses to history who tell today's young people about a time of fear, but also a time of strength drawn from the solidarity of fellow prisoners and a sense of community. Commemorating the fate of child prisoners, commemorating the place that should never have been built, let's try to take actions that are important for the local community. Let's popularize knowledge about the history of the camp, but at the same time let's carry out initiatives that strengthen the values important to those prisoners, like cooperation, sacrifice for others and bringing help to those in need, in young people. After all, history can be promoted in a variety of ways, through charitable events as well as sports and artistic activities. Let's carry the memory and save it from oblivion, using initiatives created with the language of today's youth, in a modern and unconventional way, which at the same time can be translated into doing good in the local community.

We encourage student government boards and their supervisors to take on the historical and civic challenge and participate in the Best Student Government Initiative Competition for the 2023-2024 school year.

Competition schedule:

- by December 20, 2023 - notification of the initiative by the student government,

- by March 15, 2024 - implementation of the student government initiative at the school,

- by March 15, 2024 - sending a report on the implementation of the initiative conducted at the school.


Secretariat of the Competition

Museum of Polish Children – Victims of Totalitarianism. German Nazi camp for Polish children in Lodz (1942-1945).

Address: ul. Piotrkowska 90, 90-103 Lodz, phone: +48 42 645 45 31,


Joanna Frydenberg, Education Specialist

mobile: +48 662 258 388

e-mail: konkurs@muzeumdziecipolskich.pl