Katrin Unger



Tel.: +49 (0) 5051– 4759-198

Katrin Unger is responsible for the overall Education and Encounters programme, and she is the point of contact for partners interested in cooperative educational projects and those funded by third parties at the Memorial.

The focal points of her work include continually developing the overall concept for educational work at the Memorial, overseeing the development of materials and event formats, and monitoring quality assurance for the training and further education of the Memorial’s employees. She is responsible on the part of the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation for the cooperation between the State of Lower Saxony and the Yad Vashem Memorial in Israel. Working together with the Lower Saxony State Institute for Quality Development in Schools, she develops the annual educators’ event in Israel with its preparatory and follow-up seminars. She is a member of the Memorial Museums Pedagogy Working Group and has served on the speakers’ council of this group between 2020 and 2023.


Past and present projects (selection):

2021-2024 Co-manager of the project ‘A travelling exhibition following Design for All principles: Bergen-Belsen – Crime scene’; sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the State of Lower Saxony


2022 Co-manager of the research and education project ‘Right is what benefits the state? – Historical education as a prerequisite for democratic action in Lower Saxony’; sponsored by the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Finance

2020-2021 Manager of the research and education project ‘Who against whom? Violence, exclusion and the stereotype of the “Jew” in football’; sponsored under the ‘Demokratie leben’ programme of the federal government with funding from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth through the Lower Saxony State Democracy Centre and with funds from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Since 2017: Point of contact at the Memorial for the project ‘Partnership for democracy in Bergen’, a cooperative undertaking between the city of Bergen and the Bergen-Belsen Memorial; sponsored under the ‘Demokratie leben’ programme of the federal government with funding from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

2014-2017 Point of contact at the Memorial for the ‘Vergegenwärtigungen: Representations of the Shoah in comparative perspective’ research training group at the University of Hamburg; sponsored under the Hamburg State Research Funding programme


Katrin Unger (M.A.) studied European ethnology, social pedagogy and adult education at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. During her studies, she worked as a freelancer at the Max Mannheimer Study Centre in Dachau until 2012. While there, she developed teaching materials and event formats on the topic of National Socialism, particularly relating to the history of the Dachau concentration camp, and she conducted multi-day seminars and projects with various target groups. From 2001 to 2008 she worked for a developmental policy association in Bayreuth in the field of education and public relations. From 2008 to 2012, Katrin Unger worked as a research assistant and provisional manager on the project ‘Disenfranchisement as a life experience’ carried out by the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation, which developed innovative educational formats for memorial work with a focus on human rights. Thanks to numerous training and further education courses, she has a diverse didactic and methodological portfolio in the fields of memorial work, historical-political education, global learning, and teaching that is conscious and critical of preconceptions. 

  • Publications


    Gryglewski, Elke and Unger, Katrin: Lebensläufe - Life lines Shaul Ladany – Weltrekordhalter, Überlebender des Holocaust und des Attentats von München 1972. Didaktische Handreichungen und Quellen zu Kontinuitätslinien des Antisemitismus. (Pädagogische Handreichungen der Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten, Band 1), Göttingen 2022.