Foto mit Lehramtsstudenten, die die Methode „Gegenstandsgeschichten“ ausprobieren. Foto: KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, 2014.
Teacher trainees try working with objects. Photograph: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, 2014. (ANg 2014-532)

Further Education and Seminars

The Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial regularly offers further education courses and seminars for teachers, university classes and informal educators working in all areas of society. Interested individuals are also welcome. The courses offer participants the possibility to reflect on relevant questions about the past and present within a diverse group of people. Several courses are taught in cooperation with universities and further education institutions, especially those offering teachers’ education and training as well as historical and political education. You can find out more about current further education courses and seminars under What's New.

You can also book a further education course exclusively for your teaching faculty, university class or other interested groups. The duration of the course depends on the desired topic and depth (courses range from one-day projects to seminars lasting several days). We offer further education courses on the following topics:

Getting to Know the Memorial

This course allows participants to become more familiar with the Memorial and try out several of our educational programmes. This further education course is recommended for university classes, teachers and student councils.

Booklet about educational programmes (German)

Teaching the Holocaust

The subject of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes often invoke strong emotional reactions in educators. Pupils, on the other hand, often regard the Nazi period as the distant past. How can we approach this contradiction and arouse their interest? How can we use age-appropriate media in the classroom, and what opportunities do educational sites outside of schools offer? This further education course is recommended for university classes, teachers and student councils.

Racism against Sinti and Roma

We analyse current forms of remembrance to explore the stereotypes used to describe “the Roma”. We reflect on how how to talk about the history of persecution of Sinti and Roma in a way that also raises awareness about racist structures (and ways of thinking). Personal stories of persecution are explored at the Memorial, and we look at patterns of how this persecution has continued since 1945. This seminar is recommended for formal and informal educators in secondary and higher education and is also open to interested individuals.

Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus Heft 14 Sinti und Roma

Racism and the Everyday Lives of Black People, Past and Present

This seminar will focus on the situation of black people in Germany while looking at racism and persecution in the Third Reich as well as imprisonment in concentration camps. Participants study the biographies of black people who experienced the Nazi regime in Europe first-hand. We will also concentrate on the everyday lives of people of colour today, how blacks are portrayed in the media, and recent examples of racism.

Photographs and Drawings

In the further education course “Art as a Means of Expression and Survival” we focus on artworks created by victims of Nazi persecution and those forced to live in exile during the Nazi period. While our main focus is on the artistic works in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, we broaden our view by visiting monuments, artworks and other memorials in the city of Hamburg.

In the further education course “Photographs and Film as Information Media” we will discuss how the Nazi period is portrayed in photographs, the Internet and movies for television and cinema. In this workshop we will explore how historical events are conveyed in the media of photography and film and learn how to create our own visual interpretations.

The Holocaust in the Movies

The further education course “Hollycaust” investigates how concentration camps and ghettos are portrayed in comedy, feature films and documentaries. We will discuss how films can be used in schools prior to visiting a concentration camp memorial. We will focus on how victims and perpetrators are portrayed on film, and whether the Holocaust should be the subject of comedy. Based on a few successful films, we will reflect on viewing habits and discuss the production and creation of pictorial worlds, legends and myths.

Auschwitz in a Comic Book?

Books for children and young adults are well suited for conveying the complexity of the Nazi period to young people because they inspire them to reflect. In this further education course, we will look at contemporary publications and discuss how these can be used in class. We will talk about novels, graphic novels and comics about victims of persecution, including Sinti and Roma and Jews. The course is recommended for university classes, teachers, student councils as well as informal educators in youth work.

The Presence of the Past

In cooperation with the State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development in Hamburg (LI) and the University of Hamburg, we regularly offer a teachers’ training course called “The Presence of the Past. Project Learning and the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial”.  This course focuses on innovative concepts of teaching and self-learning.  Teachers in Hamburg can receive credit at the Department of Society of the LI for courses offered by the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.

Is There a Perpetrator, Follower, Bystander, or Victim in Your Family?

This one-day seminar offered twice a year provides participants with ideas on how to approach their family history and how to find out more about their family background. How can we research Nazi perpetrators, bystanders, followers or victims of Nazi persecution and sites where crimes were committed in archives, on the Internet, in databases and online catalogues? Participants learn how to use the Archive, Library and exhibitions of the Memorial.

Neuengammer Studienhefte 01 (Shop)

Is There a Perpetrator in Your Family?

This two-day conversational seminar enables participants to engage more intensively with perpetrators in their own family. Descendants of Nazi perpetrators talk about their strategies for coping with their ethical and family history after 1945, their feelings of loyalty or disloyalty towards their parents or grandparents, the effects of researching family history on their families, and how their family history affects their own lives.

Effects of Nazi Persecution across Generations

This seminar addresses how persecution, flight and camp imprisonment affects the second- and third-generation descendants of victims of persecution. It is also recommended for family and friends of descendants, or anyone who is interested. We explore how transports, deportations and concentration camps are remembered in families and in the public and how this evolves over time with new generations and changes in society. The relationship between private memory and the public culture of remembrance is also discussed.

Überlebende und ihre Kinder im Gespräch (Neuengammer Studienhefte 03) (Shop)