Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen

Extended seminars and projects

The Memorial offers seminars and projects lasting several days on the history of Sachsenhausen concentration camp or the Soviet Special Camp. These are tailored to the requirements and interests of the participants, who have the opportunity to explore historic sites inside and outside the Memorial. We support you in developing your own questions and going into them together. A variety of methods are used to provide space for research, discussion and reflection.

Seminars over several days can comprise the following modules:  

  • Introduction: Sachsenhausen concentration camp within the context of the history of National Socialism
  • Introduction: testimonies and evidence from Sachsenhausen concentration camp
  • Guided tour of the Sachsenhausen Memorial
  • Workshops on thematic areas of interest
  • Visit to the Klinkerwerk satellite camp memorial site
  • Cycling tour: Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the town of Oranienburg
  • Additional module: And if I don’t feel anything …? Remembrance and commemoration today
  • Films
  • Excursion to Berlin: commemorative plaques in the cityscape

Seminars with a special methodological approach

Art Space Remembrance – seminars in art and cultural education

A special way to look at the historic site and its history independently and reflectively is made possible by using methods that combine educational approaches from art and cultural education and the Memorial’s educational service. Visiting the Memorial and absorbing the history of the place can evoke emotions, sensory perceptions and impressions that are often difficult to express in words. Participants get to explore their own questions and learn how to express their thoughts by artistic means and think about them together:

  • What history are the visible and hidden traces evidence of?
  • What effect does the historic site have on me?
  • What do I find puzzling and what would I like to know more about?

This may take the form of creating comics, analogue photos taken with a home-made pinhole camera, sound collages, poems, stories or sculptures, allowing impressions and emotions to be expressed beyond the barriers of language and offered up for discussion.

No preliminary knowledge is needed, as all the necessary techniques will be taught in the seminar. For art and cultural education seminars you should plan for at least four days. There may be additional charges for materials and artists’ fees. We will be happy to help you think about funding opportunities.

You can see some examples of projects with home-made pinhole cameras here.

history.maps.online – seminars in media education 

The spatial dimension is at the centre of this seminar. Participants look at various aspects of the history of Sachsenhausen concentration camp with the help of materials and exhibitions. Then they present their findings on a digital map that can be posted in a weblog.

The geographical locating of biographies of victims, inmates’ work details and satellite camps of Sachsenhausen concentration camp on a multi-media map shows participants clearly that the history of the concentration camp is not limited to the site of the present-day Memorial, but extends over the whole of Germany and all of Europe. Participants learn how to use texts, photos, videos and sounds to narrate history in a visual and source-based way.

At least four days should be allowed for media education seminars. There may be additional charges for materials and fees. We will be happy to help you think about funding opportunities.

You can see some examples here.

Researching history on site – project week on a satellite camp of Sachsenhausen concentration camp

Numerous smaller and larger satellite camps and external work details of Sachsenhausen concentration camp were set up in Berlin and Brandenburg during the 1940s, where concentration camp inmates were used as forced labour by the SS or by private firms. To this day little is known about many of these camps. What we want to do is encourage young people to explore this history on their own doorsteps.

Whether it’s a project week or a workshop supporting a school project, we can help you do your own research. To get you started on your own research there is an introduction to the topics of forced labour and satellite camps in the Nazi era. The project also includes research in the Sachsenhausen Memorial and tips on using other archives and talking to experts. You can present your findings in various ways, such as a public presentation, a newspaper article, a commemorative plaque on the site or a website.