You and your students can contribute to the largest digital memorial to the victims of Nazi persecution. By doing so, you will be engaging in active, lively educational work that promotes respect, solidarity and diversity. We provide useful aids and materials to help you incorporate #everynamecounts into your lessons.
#everynamecounts is very well-suited to exploring the effects of Nazi persecution in the classroom while actively contributing to memory culture at the same time. The project is particularly suitable for distance learning under the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. It helps students acquire methodological skills for working with archival sources, and it promotes exploratory learning and enables a discussion of the scale of the persecution.
Materials for education
There are many ways to join #everynamecounts at school, taking into account both the available time and the background of students – with anything from a single 90-minute lesson (see suggestion on the right) to an entire project day being possible. The project is available in English, German, Polish, French and Spanish, as is a digital introduction that was developed to familiarize learners with the project. To participate, each student needs his or her own computer (or tablet) and an Internet connection.
To get started, students can complete the digital introduction to #everynamecounts by themselves. Through an interactive slideshow, they receive the most important background information about Nazi persecution (based on a concentration camp document regarding 15-year-old student Siegfried Schneck, who was deported by the Nazis as a “Gypsy” and murdered in Auschwitz) and learn about the significance of documents kept in archives.
In addition, interactive exercises teach students how to collect data (i.e. “indexing”) as part of the #everynamecounts project. An optional supplementary unit provides further information on the different prisoner groups in the concentration camps that students will encounter when they join the project. The introduction also contains several video clips, featuring young people who reflect on the meaning and goals behind #everynamecounts.
Who has joined us so far?
Our initiative has already won the support of a significant number of partners: Professor Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, will become a patron of #everynamecounts in 2021. Additionally, a number of international organizations recently joined our campaign, including the UN, UNESCO, the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum, and the international Combat Anti-Semitism Movement together with their almost 300 partners.
How it came to be
We launched #everynamecounts at the beginning of 2020 with around 1000 school students. The documents came to life for a day, and the students were both enthusiastic and proud to take part in this huge project. Would you like to know how the students felt about the project? Watch this video, to hear what they had to say.
«My students found the project very meaningful: ‘We usually just do things where the outcome is clear, and we only do them for the grades. But here we’re actually helping someone with our work!’ The material was wonderfully thought out and well prepared. It gave the students a real sense of achievement!»
This is how schools can help
Make our initiative part of your educational work. Encourage your students to become part of a project that both educates and unites.
- Help build a pioneering digital monument to all the victims of Nazi persecution.
- Take an active stand against hatred, discrimination, and racism. Because the root causes of persecution still exist today.
- Be part of an international project that transcends national borders, brings people together, and provides an innovative opportunity for civic engagement.
- Encourage young people all over the world to get involved in remembrance and join in. Now available in five languages: English, French, Polish, Spanish, and German.
- Keep knowledge of Nazi persecution alive, and build bridges to the present.
Milestones of #everynamecounts 2020
(As of December 2020)
Common questions about the project #everynamecounts
But what is even more important is that “Every Name Counts” is all about active remembrance, about giving volunteers the opportunity to commemorate the victims of Nazi crimes. With every list you work on, you are helping victims and their families and friends by creating digital tags that will enable them to find the last traces of the people they are searching for.
Common questions about the Arolsen Archives
In 2013, the archive was inscribed on UNESCO’S Memory of the World Register. And in 2019, the organization changed its name to Arolsen Archives. Today, it is an international center on persecution under National Socialism.
17.5 million names on reference cards contain information on 17.5 million fates. The Arolsen Archives also hold about 2800 personal effects. These are the personal belongings of former victims of Nazi persecution; most of them were found in concentration camps. The aim is to return them to the families and descendants of their rightful owners.
The Arolsen Archives are a living monument that protects the memory of the atrocities committed during the Nazi period that are now being denied by new generations of racists and antisemites. Anyone can use the online archive of the Arolsen Archives to find out about the fates of the victims and ensure that they are never forgotten.