– Lernwebsite mit ZeitzeugInnen-Interviews mit Tiroler Jüdinnen und Juden

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name:
    Institution type: nstitute for Holocaust Education of the Austrian ministry for education
    Institution URL:
  • Format:

    Workshop, Instructional material
  • Target population:

    Students, Young people, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

    No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education, Citizenship/democracy education, Antisemitism, The Holocaust and/or other genocides, Critical thinking
  • Core activities:

    Group work, Group discussion, Written activity, Creative activity, Film viewing

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 34
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    National/local specifities (e.g. activity targeted to Swedish school students)
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    On the learning platform, ten contemporary witnesses from Innsbruck speak about their childhood and youth in Austria before 1938, about the persecution and expulsion during National Socialism, their flight and their lives in their new homelands, England and Israel. The number of people who can report on their experiences with the National Socialist persecution and expulsion policy, is getting smaller. Video witnesses can not replace eyewitness talks, but they do secure the personal stories of survivors of the Holocaust for posterity. Ten eyewitnesses with roots in Innsbruck tell about their childhood and adolescence in Austria before 1938 on the learning platform They speak about persecution and expulsion during National Socialism, their flight and their lives in their new homeland.
  • Materials used:

    Audiovisual material, Online material
  • Material produced:

    Written material, Online material
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    In addition to the biographical portraits and eleven short films, photo galleries alsoshow the experiences of contemporary witnesses. Extensive teaching material and the transcripts of all video sequences open differentiated learning paths. An accompanying booklet provides teachers and educators with assistance with pedagogical work with the website. Through the narration of the contemporary witnesses abstract terms such as anti-Semitism, displacement, escape or November pogrom are tangible. The personal story, the difficult escape from home, makes clear the cruel persecution policy of the National Socialists. The victims leave anonymity and get a face. confronts students with the personal stories of the victims and thus makes the dimension and the after-effects of the Holocaust comprehensible. History can be better understood through regional history. Pupils from Tyrol know the places the contemporary witnesses speak about, so they can relate to their own world of experience. can also be used nationwide in classrooms throughout Austria. The learning website takes into account the time frame conditions of the school, videos were cut so that they can be used in a school lesson. The e-learning platform provides an introduction to the subject of the Holocaust and NS, but is also suitable for a specialization unit or a project week.
  • Length of activity:

    More than 15 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

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

  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:


Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Participants, Informal non-participant observer, Instructor delivering the practice, Internal evaluator
  • By what means?:

    Informal verbal feedback
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    Students should get the ability to evaluate different types of media and generate their own content. Students should realize the local impact the Holocaust and National Socialism had.
  • Indicators of success:

    The acticity is easily accessible. Teachers can pick from a huge variety of modules and activities and can decide if they want to only use the material for one lesson or even organize a project week.
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Irmgard Bibermann
    Email address:


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, None
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Deciding, which modules they want to use.
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Loads of material for teachers are provided on the homepage.
  • Other comments or details: