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We got it! Get your phones ready - the 11 STAGES app is now available!

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  • 11 stories
  • 6 videos
  • 4 audio clips
  • 2 augmented reality elements
  • 3 languages
  • 1 app

„I wholeheartedly recommend the 11 STAGES app .” Agnieszka Jankowiak-Maik (Babka od histy)

„This app is great  – it has opened my eyes to new ideas. It would be great if teachers would download it and use it.” Dariusz Popiela (Center Foundation, People Not Numbers)

The 11 STAGES app is now available!

Do you want to make history? Delve into the past and discover forgotten heroes and heroines of everyday life? Are you interested in how history can influence the present? We have good news! After months of work, consultations and tests we can happily and proudly announce that the first of its kind activist-educational mobile application 11 STAGES is available, completely free of charge, to each and every one of you!

Why is this important? We want to restore the memory of those forgotten or lesser known individuals who did not remain indifferent and helped others through their courageous actions during World War II. We hope that our application will not only be an interesting and useful educational tool, but above all, it will inspire users to actively stand up to evil and injustice.

Why is this app unique?

It is a fusion of:

  • new technologies,
  • reliable historical knowledge in the context of human rights,
  • lesser-known facts about National Socialism, World War II and the Holocaust,
  • moving and thought-provoking stories about real people (though not always widely known).

The app is inspired by the theory of the 10 stages of genocide by Professor Gregory Stanton, which we supplemented with an additional 11th stage proposed by dr Tomasz Cebulski. To get away from overwhelming numbers, statistics, and the “great” distant history, we focused on the biographies of people who during World War II did not remain indifferent, who stood up for human dignity and human rights, who opposed violence and injustice, and who with their courageous actions helped others. Not all of these people, or their stories are widely known, but in all of them lies a cognitive and emotional charge.

History is not just the past, closed chapters, and dusty archives. History is also written today. Knowing the recurrent mechanisms and relations which previous generations have already experienced, we are able to better understand what is happening around us. With this knowledge, motivation and the right tools, we can take action to change the reality around us.

As Monika Mazur-Rafał, Director and President of the Humanity in Action Polska Foundation and originator of the 11 STAGES application underlined:

“We were wondering how to make young people interested in historical content? How to engage them in discovering the history and teach them to connect facts in such a way that conclusions from history influence contemporary attitudes? While trying to find specific answers to these questions during the pandemic, new technologies and the possibilities of augmented reality turned out to be the solution. It was then that the idea was born to develop a mobile application available to all young people with a smartphone so that they could gain knowledge and inspiration anywhere and anytime. We realized that it would be easier for us to attract the interest of young people by referring to stories of individuals, who they can relate to, i.e. members of their families or local communities.”

The mobile application 11 STAGES connects the past with the present through multimedia, augmented reality elements, engaging texts and attractive graphics. It presents a difficult history in an interesting way, poses important questions and makes us reflect on the condition and future of our society. In addition, the biographies of our heroes came out by the wonderful voices of people who actively and/or expertly deal with human rights topics and/or minority groups mentioned in our app.

Where to download it?

You can download the 11 STAGES app for free in 3 languages: Polish, English and German.

For Andriod: here

For iOS: here

The project is funded by the EVZ Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office as part of the program YOUNG PEOPLE remember

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