A Demonic Transition

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Kazerne Dossin
    Institution type: Museum
    Institution URL: www.kazernedossin.eu
  • Format:

  • Target population:

    Educators in formal settings, Police or other law enforcement population, Government employees or representatives
  • Cost (per practice):

    201-500 euros
  • Setting:

    No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Human rights/discrimination, Radicalization prevention, The Holocaust and/or other genocides
  • Core activities:

    Group discussion, Lecture

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 99
  • Age of target population:

    18+ years
  • Additional specifics:

    Other:, /
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    The horrors of violence committed by the Nazis only started to get apparent after the conclusion of WWII. The foremost question that arose during that time was how it was possible to commit such crimes on a basic human level? War criminals were thought of as evil, sadists or psychopats but these perpetrators turned out to be regular people with normal lives and social relationships. Consideration grew towards the need to understand the role of the perpetrator and how regular human beings were able to commit sich horrible acts of violence. In this lecture, historical examples and social-psychological research are being presented in order to understand the timeless mechanisms of collective violence. We try to understand how mass-violence is still made possible in today's concept of terrorism but also in daily life..
  • Materials used:

    Online material
    Link to the material:
    1. http://bit.do/Demonictransition
  • Material produced:

    Not applicable
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    Prezi presentation with clips
  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

    Dutch, English, French
  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:


Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    understand the timeless mechanism of collective violence understand how mass violence is stilll made possible in today's concept of terrorism and jihadistst but also in everyday life
  • Indicators of success:

    repeat demand bridges a knowledge gap adaptable to contemporary topics
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Anne-Sophie Vanvyve
    Email address: Anne-Sophie.vanvyve@kazernedossin.eu


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Other factor – please specify, used examples need to be recognizable for audience
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    interaction with audience, being careful not to minimalize the responsability of the perpetrators
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Prezi available online: https://prezi.com/4gvlphnvpyzx/een-duivelse-transitie-standaard/
  • Other comments or details: