Kick-off: #StolenMemory as a German-Polish educational project

A seminar for multipliers who want to use #StolenMemory as a German-Polish educational project for their students was held at the International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim / Auschwitz (IJBS) from 30 January to 3 February. The seminar was organized by the German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW), the IJBS, and the Arolsen Archives.

A total of 30 teachers from Poland and Germany found out about the possibilities provided by the Arolsen Archives for research-based and discovery learning. A hands-on approach to using historical sources during the preparation and follow up of visits to memorial sites and the use of the e-Guide to decode the documents were two of the aspects covered during the workshops. The #StolenMemory campaign and exhibition were a central focus of the seminar, as were the options presented by the Arolsen Archives for integrating the campaign in both DPJW youth exchange projects and local remembrance projects. In future, groups who want to get actively involved in the #StolenMemory campaign will receive advice and documentary materials from the Arolsen Archives.

Background: The German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW) and the Arolsen Archives signed a cooperation agreement at the end of 2019. This agreement provides for the integration of the #StolenMemory campaign in German-Polish projects for young people supported and sponsored by the DPJW under the “Wege zur Erinnerung” (Paths to Remembrance) program.

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