Foto von Schülerinnen, die ihre Ergebnisse präsentieren. Foto: KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, 2013.
Pupils presenting their project work. Photograph: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, 2013. (ANg 2014-516)

Project Day

Doing research in the main exhibition. Photograph: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, 2009. (ANg 2014-517)
Foto von Schülern bei der Recherche in der Hauptausstellung. Foto: KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, 2009.

The educational programmes at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial focus on the history of the site as a concentration camp and as a memorial. While special focus is put on the personal experiences of prisoners, we also explore the relationship between the history of the concentration camp and the economic interests of the city of Hamburg. A Project Day allows school classes to explore aspects in further depth. Interactive methods let young people engage with the site more actively, allowing them to explore topics that interest them.

Duration: 5 hours
Fee: €60 per group (foreign language)
Number of participants: Up to 25 pupils (we recommend dividing larger school classes into two Groups)

Topics

A Project Day includes an overview of the grounds of the former concentration camp (the prisoners' barracks and sites of former work details) and of selected exhibitions and sites of commemoration (including the International Monument). Our education staff can offer suggestions for topics that can be worked on in small groups within the exhibitions or in the Open Archive. The groups can then present their work to the class for further discussion. A Project Day focuses on issues revolving around a main theme. Please talk to the Memorial’s education staff about what topic you would like to explore. Possible themes include:

  • Types of prisoners and prisoners’ life stories
  • Children and adolescents in the concentration camp
  • The persecution of women and survival strategies
  • Prisoners' everyday life in the camp
  • Self-assertion, culture and resistance
  • Life after surviving the camp
  • History of remembrance
  • The SS at Neuengamme concentration camp and what happened to perpetrators after 1945

Please note: The Centre for Historical Studies at the Memorial also offers Project Days focusing on relevant topics for vocational schools (medicine during the Nazi regime, the economy of slave labour, trade union resistance, etc.). See our programmes for vocational schools and professionals.

Available Methods

The following interactive methods make the general history of this site more accessible and can be used for a Project Day:

Project Day: Looking for Traces

Pupil presenting her work for a “Looking for Traces” project day. Photograph: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, 2013. (ANg 2014-527)
Foto einer Präsentation auf dem Projekttag Spurensuche. Foto: KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, 2013.

Divided into small groups, pupils are given historic photographs which they use to find the places where the pictures were taken. Each place has a designated topic, which pupils can explore further with the help of listening stations and information panels around the grounds and in-depth information in the exhibitions. The groups then present their findings to rest of the class on a tour of the sites. The Project Day ends with a discussion in the House of Remembrance.

Project day "Looking for Traces"

Project Day: Research Questions

What does this site and its history mean to me personally? What do I want to find out more about? Participants can delve deeper into the site by exploring the exhibition and the Open Archive. While investigating their questions, pupils are encouraged to apply different methods of research and presentation. They learn how history is always written from today’s perspective, and that questions about the past do not always have clear answers.

Projekttag Forscherfragen 

Project Day: Working with Objects

Working with objects Photograph: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, 2014. (ANg 2014-547)
Photo showing Young People researching objects

What is this object? What is its connection to the history of Neuengamme concentration camp?  In this hands-on Project Day, original objects are used to explore questions about history. Each object relates to a certain topic which teams of pupils can research in different exhibitions. After the teams present their findings to the class, the entire group explores the grounds together to find out more about the places connected with the objects and themes.

Projekttag Gegenstandsgeschichten