Visit Memorials strives to:
- Examine history at a memorial, authentic site and/or museum.
- Explore and practice mindfulness.
- Reflect, share and creatively express our discoveries.
- Take action.
1. EXCURSIONS/TRIP PLANNING
Many educators use effective resources for teaching Holocaust and World War II history from world-renowned institutions such as Yad Vashem, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. However, for teachers in Europe, there are hundreds of memorials and authentic sites to visit, including former concentration camps, ghettos, prisons, hiding places. Synagogues or where synagogues once stood, Jewish cemeteries and museum exhibitions might also be relevant to your curriculum, and goals.
We can help you design your own memorial visit and/or support travel planning. We suggest that you prepare well, visit the site, then reflect after the visit. Email us your ideas, needs and questions.
2. SERVICE LEARNING
Education departments at memorial sites and museums offer workshops, summer camps and service learning projects for young people.
- Dachau hosts an annual International Youth Meeting each summer.
- Service Civil International (based in Belgium) offers short-term volunteer projects (usually 2 weeks in summer) in concentration camp memorial sites, such as Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück.
- Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (based in Berlin) sponsors year-long volunteers positions to support Holocaust survivors. They also place volunteers in various concentration camp memorial sites in Germany.
- Volunteers for Peace (based in Vermont, USA) offers thousands of short-term volunteer opportunities addressing a wide variety of needs and interests.
There are some survivors and eyewitnesses in Europe who continue to share their stories. However, English speaking survivors and eyewitnesses can be challenging to find.
Once you have identified where you want to go, ask the site/organization if speakers are available. Translation services are another option for survivors/eyewitnesses who do not speak English themselves.
It’s not uncommon to pay a fee (honorarium) for a speaker; upwards to 250€. Clarify fees at the time you confirm your speaker. If there is no fee, consider making a donation to the site or organization. Donations, usually tax deductible, are appreciated and support this work.
If speakers are not available, consider video resources. The Shoah Foundation is an excellent place to start for oral testimony.
We offer inquiry based workshops for teachers and students, in half-day and full-day formats. Workshops can be held at school or an authentic historical site, memorial or museum.
History topics include, but are not limited to: Remembrance, memorials and monuments, The Rise of National Socialism, Rescue and Resistance, Survivor Biographies and Literature. We can also design a workshop if there are specific themes you want to explore.
5. CURRICULUM PLANNING AND CONSULTATION
Individual and small group planning sessions can help when designing new curriculum or revising existing units, lesson plans and assessments. Maybe you have an idea for a project or trip and need help with planning? We can collaborate in person or via Skype. We offer a first time complimentary 30 minute consultation.
Trip planning, curriculum consultation and coaching sessions cost 80€ per hour.
Workshops cost 1000€ per facilitator per day, including morning and afternoon sessions (7-8 hours) and 600€ per facilitator per half-day. Costs for facilitator travel and materials will depend on individual school/organization needs.