Digital educational offers
The Memorial offers online seminars lasting a total of 180 minutes which provide insights into the history of Bergen-Belsen for groups interested in learning about the site.The seminars focus on selected aspects of the history of the Bergen-Belsen POW and concentration camp, as well as the displaced persons camp. Photos, drawings, quotes and excerpts from eyewitness interviews are used as the basis for critically examining the camp’s history and its lasting impact.
Online seminar: Bergen-Belsen – A site and its stories (180 minutes)
The Bergen-Belsen Memorial offers online seminars for school classes and other interested groups. The seminars consist of two sessions lasting 90 minutes each, including a 30-minute break. The sessions can take place either in a single day or on two different days if necessary. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any other organisational aspects.
At the start of the digital seminar, the participants complete a short exercise that introduces them to the topic of Bergen-Belsen. This exercise can also be completed in advance by prior arrangement.
During the two 90-minute sessions, the participants work with various historical sources to explore important aspects of Bergen-Belsen as a POW camp, concentration camp, displaced persons camp and place of remembrance. The seminar leaders talk with the group about the effects of the Nazis’ concept of humanity and of a society organised on racist grounds. The interactive sessions encourage participants to think independently about the past and present significance of the site. Various testimonials provide insights into the prisoner experience and make it possible to talk about the responsibility of the people involved in the crimes. Questions and comments shared by the participants themselves play an important role in shaping the seminar.
The seminar is offered free of charge.
This seminar requires a reliable internet connection and the ability to hold a video conference with both audio and video. The better the technical arrangements and internet connection are, the more interactive the seminar can be, with opportunities to address the participants’ interests and questions. Zoom is our preferred conference software, but if this is not available at your institution, please let us know.
We assume that all participants will have their own individual devices (at least a tablet). The participants can either be together in a room or in different locations (such as at home). The audio connection and chat function make it possible to hold group discussions with the participants. The digital tools we use are easier for the participants to access in this case.
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If you have any questions about the organisation, content or technical requirements, please contact: email@example.com. You can also get in touch if you are not sure whether your setup meets the technical requirements for the online seminar. To book a seminar, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org . After your seminar has been booked, a seminar leader will be in touch to discuss the further details and technical arrangements.
Educational materials from the Bergen-Belsen Memorial available online
Over the past months, the Bergen-Belsen Memorial has developed educational materials for school classes and extracurricular groups that are now available to download. These documents include various source materials on the history of Bergen-Belsen, National Socialism, the Shoah, the Second World War and the survivors after 1945. They are supplemented with teaching and methodology notes as well as more in-depth information.
Photographs, newspaper clippings, documents and especially excerpts from the Memorial’s large collection of eyewitness interviews enable users to engage with various aspects from multiple perspectives. In addition to revealing how people were affected by exclusion, persecution, war and imprisonment in Bergen-Belsen, it is important to us to clarify what scope of action these people had and how they put it to use. As a contrast, users also look at the motives and scope of action of people involved in the crimes. The materials offer a way to engage with subjects relating to Bergen-Belsen even without visiting the Memorial. They are designed for schoolteachers and other educators who want to explore these topics with their classes or groups.
The platform will be continually expanded to include more topics and content. These materials are currently only available in German.