Study days enable an in-depth, methodically varied and competence-oriented approach to the site and its history. They include an overview tour, the independent examination of selected subject areas as well as a final assessment of results.
What sources tell us – skill-oriented study days
Research-based learning using sources is at the centre of these study days. Starting from a drawing by an inmate of the concentration camp, an archaeological find or a historic photo, participants will be able to develop their own questions and hypotheses, which they can then delve into during the course of the study day with a critical look at sources. In this way, they arrive at more general questions and gain an insight into various aspects of the camp’s history.
The following competence-oriented study days are available:
- Archaeological findings - A search for traces of the conditions in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 9th grade, 5 to 6 hours)
- Prisoners’ drawings - everyday life and conditions in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 9th grade, 5 to 6 hours)
- Photos as evidence? - A photo-historical approach to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen (from 10th grade, 6 hours
Study days on biographies and the reasons for persecution
Study days on biographies or individual groups of inmates combine an empathetic approach to the life stories of former inmates with a critical look at the reasons why they were persecuted. With the aid of recollections, interviews, photos as well as documents from the perpetrators, participants can get to know the people affected from various perspectives and classify these in the context of persecution in the system of concentration and extermination camps. The biographical study days also address the lifelong consequences of imprisonment, how society deals with the crimes and the discrimination that still exists today.
The following biographical study days are available:
- Biographies and Reasons for Persecution (from 9th grade, 6 hours)
- Jewish prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 9th grade, 5 to 6 hours)
- Sinti and Roma in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 9th grade, 6 hours)
- Mohamed Husen - A black prisoner in Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 10th grade, 6 hours)
Study days with a thematic focus
Participants gain a deeper insight into a historical matter and develop their own point of view. After a thematic tour, small groups work on individual aspects of the topic with the help of materials and exhibitions. Finally, they compile the results and discuss.
The following thematic based study days are available:
- Medicine and crime in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 10th grade, also for vocational schools and medical and nursing professions, 6 hours)
- The town and the camp - relations between Oranienburg and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 9th grade, 5 to 6 hours)
- The perpetrators of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (from 10th grade, also for the police force, members of the judicial system or management,6 hours)
- The Soviet Special Camp No.7/ No.1 (from 9th class, 5 to 6 hours)