Area of Focus: Holocaust Education
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Kiel Majewski is the Executive Director of the Carl Wilkens Fellowship. He served as a Carl Wilkens Fellow in the inaugural class of 2009. He was the first executive director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he worked for ten years. During that time, he shared an office with Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor, who was recently featured in a viral video that has been viewed over 189 million times.
Kiel started working for CANDLES shortly after the museum was firebombed and totally destroyed by a hate-fueled arsonist in 2003. Through the power of survivor testimony and social media, he helped to grow this small museum in rural Indiana into a thriving international education center.
While working with passionate and unhesitant Holocaust survivors, Kiel often found himself at the epicenter of an important and often tense conversation about the way the Holocaust should be remembered. His rolewas to listen to the perspectives of many survivors, descendants of survivors, educators, and students, and to mediate a constructive conversation.
Kiel has helped lead hundreds of people in tours of Auschwitz and other Holocaust sites in Europe, and he worked with the USC Shoah Foundation to record Eva Kor for its New Dimensions in Testimony project. He has particularly enjoyed working with young people and grassroots activists to advocate for human rights and and genocide prevention.