One-day programmes for registered groups
We offer half- and full-day programmes for groups wanting to spend the day at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. These educational programmes are designed for adults and young people 14 or older. Registration is available for groups of 10 people or more. Multiple groups can also register at the same time. The dates for these programmes must be arranged prior to registration.
Due to high demand, we recommend arranging a date well in advance. The half- and full-day programmes are offered in German and English. We may also be able to hold events in Russian, Polish, or French, depending on availability.
We recommend contacting the Memorial’s group leaders in advance to guarantee that the content and schedule of your visit is ideally tailored to your group.
Study days at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial are educational programmes lasting 6 hours. The groups are accompanied by Memorial employees for the entire day. This programme makes it possible to use more diverse teaching methods, explore topics in more depth, and, above all, to give visitors the chance to participate more actively. Study days always include an introduction, a tour of the grounds and the permanent exhibition, and then a phase in which the participants work on their own, in small groups or individually, using historical sources to research topics that have been agreed in advance or chosen by the participants themselves, either in a seminar room, in the grounds of the Memorial, or in the exhibition. Memorial employees help them acquire knowledge independently and form their own judgements. The educational materials are chosen to ensure that the different perspectives of the key players are clear and that participants can determine the potential courses of action that were available. The day ends with a presentation or discussion of the results, the clarification of open questions, and a phase of evaluation and reflection. Sites outside of the former camp can also be visited during a study day, such as the Soviet POW cemetery or the loading platform where POW and prisoner transports arrived at the camp.
Topics for Study days include:
- Soviet POWs
- Children and young people in Bergen-Belsen
- The concentration camp as depicted in prisoner accounts
- The local population and the history of Bergen-Belsen
- Anne Frank
- Women in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
- Bergen-Belsen – From concentration camp to memorial
- The experience of persecution as described in witness interviews
- Exploring the Bergen-Belsen Memorial using the digital landscape guide
Guided tours at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial are educational programmes lasting 3½ hours. The tour groups are accompanied by Memorial employees for the entire time. These tours give participants an overview of the history of Bergen-Belsen. The topics covered include the POW camp, Bergen-Belsen as a concentration camp, and the displaced persons camp for survivors of the concentration camp. The tour starts with a conversation, during which initial questions can be asked, the programme is explained, and the desires and interests of the participants are discussed. Tours also include a walk through the grounds, which are now a cemetery, and a visit to the permanent exhibition. The sequence and scope of each part of the tour can vary and will depend on the prior knowledge and interests of the group. The use of various sources, such as photos, drawings, interviews, and artefacts, motivates participants to ask questions and make their own judgements, and it promotes a mutual dialog and discussion about what the group has seen and heard.