The International Youth Meeting House (MDSM) in Oświęcim is a nongovernmental institution; since 1995 its work has been directed by the Polish-German MDSM Foundation. It is involved in historical and political education. It teaches about the origin, history, development, function and structure of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Nazi camps. It holds seminars and workshops for young people, teachers and youth exchange guides. It organizes study tours of the camp, facilitates work with source materials and exhibits from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum collections, and helps interested persons to avail themselves of literature, films and new media. MDSM is a meeting place for young people, a place for dialogue beyond cultural and social boundaries, and a place for understanding between peoples. MDSM organizes study visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau with German youth as the main participants (classes accompanied by their guides, young people from extracurricular organizations and church groups, college students). The study program includes touring the exhibitions in the former Auschwitz concentration camp and the grounds of the former Birkenau death camp, meetings with former prisoners, volunteer work for the Auschwitz Memorial, lectures and talks by academics from the Jagiellonian University and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and tours of Oświęcim and Cracow. MDSM develops and delivers its own historical and political education program. Innovative independent projects originating from elsewhere are also carried out there. MDSM projects include "Fajka" (a gazette), "Europe according to Auschwitz" (reportage), "Conversations about tolerance" (lectures) and "The walls speak" (workshops for youth).