The Sachsenhausen Memorial sees itself as a modern museum of contemporary history with a special mission. As well as working with survivors and their families, this mission is mainly concerned with historical and political education work. Each year, the team of the Sachsenhausen Memorial educational service bring some 70,000 people closer to the history of this historic site in around 3,000 guided tours, study days and seminars lasting several days. A multilingual audio guide to all the phases of the history of Sachsenhausen is available for hire in the visitors’ information centre.
The educational programme we offer covers a various different formats ranging from two-hour general tours or tours dealing with certain themes, which are available in many different languages, including “Leichte Sprache” (specifically in German, simpler language for those with learning difficulties), to short-term activity formats and all-day study days to supporting memorial events and youth exchange projects. Educators also look after seminars lasting several days, project weeks (such as research projects on satellite camps), work camps and youth meeting events. Several programmes lasting several days are also held in the Haus Szczypiorski International Youth Meeting Place. For seminars lasting several days, there is a choice between a cultural education framework or a media education framework.
Either a methodological or a thematic focus can be chosen for study days. In the course of a study day with found objects or inmates’ drawings, participants have the opportunity to explore, for instance, the everyday life of inmates using specific sources. For study days involving a deepening of understanding of certain themes and topics, the choice is available between a wide range of seminar topics concerning the historic site or individual groups of inmates. As well as this, general questions can be developed for a visit to the Memorial with the support of educators together with the participants, questions such as ‘Why commemorate? And how?’
And of course the educational services provide support for those with learning and disability difficulties. Please just ask in advance.