BAKING BREAD, BREAKING BAD
ONE HUMANITY BAKERY
Oswiecim, the town scarred by the history of Auschwitz, rises again.
We are moving from astory of
separation to one of hope, to feel what is possible when we come together as one humanity.
The One Humanity Bakery will be born from two historic buildings located in the heart of Oswiecim, Poland. There was once a time, prior to the war, that two families operating peacefully side by side provided the bread of life for a vibrant community: The Gerstner -Horowitz family graciously donated their property to be a One Humanity Bakery and we will commemorate their gift by making it into a living symbol of respect for the past while building a new future. The neighboring building, home to a family of bakers, was the Gonciarczyk’s residence. Now, they will be joined together to create a greater whole.
The vision for these buildings is to create a bakery, gathering space, and bed and breakfast serving international travelers and the local community while also serving as a living hub for the vision of the One Humanity Institute: There will be a social media center, library, conference room, shared offices, and co-working space. The outdoor spaces will include permaculture gardens, artwork, and additional areas for gathering. By restoring the bakery to its original purpose, we will honor its communal spirit by creating a learning space for local youth and social innovators. OH Bakery will be an innovation hub for entrepreneurship, green technology, and the promotion of the UN2030 sustainability goals.
Currently we are in process of the purchase of the second building and beginning renovation. We have significant matching funds and are reaching out to build a grassroot network of donors. Our architect has envisioned a bridge connecting the two historic buildings, and on that bridge of hope, we plan to dedicate artwork (A Tree of Life) and other memorials to those initial funders who made One Humanity possible.
The call is to begin planting the seeds of transformation, one that moves us toward an ethos of partnership and global collaboration. Transformation of this kind portends a deep structural shift in the basic premises of thoughts, feelings and actions. And there is no better place to begin but in a “city of peace,” named for it being a response to human tragedy and a commitment to the resilience of the human spirit.
The One Humanity Institute emerges from the well-documented need to redirect focus away from the violence of the past and toward a culture of peace with forgiveness and trust. Auschwitz has been a vortex of depressive energy due to the horrors committed there. Yet in large part because of Auschwitz, the United Nations was formed; because of Auschwitz the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted; because of Auschwitz the town of Oświęcim was named the City of Peace – anticipating a hopeful vision.
The Institute will take up that vision and in so doing transform the depressive response to Auschwitz’s history, by reversing its polarity and transforming it into one of compassionate consciousness and radical interconnectedness of all peoples. Thus, the town of Oświęcim and the Auschwitz museum, a destination spot for global visitors, will be the ideal location to realize a new vision for humanity that honors those who perished while inspiring rising generations to reach for an alternative future that resolves obstacles to global harmony.
RAISE THE FUTURE
Friends and Family are invited to join us on the Bridge of Hope and become pioneer stakeholders of the One Humanity Bakery and Institute.
The rendering of a Tree of Life with your name will make it possible to build a brighter future for the next generations of humanity. Each person whose name appears on the tree of life will be invited to record a message that will be available to visitors crossing the interactive bridge we plan to create. These recorded messages will be daily reminders to visitors that every individual can make a difference and that together, the vision for One Humanity consciousness is possible.