Der “Anschluss” 1938

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

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

    Seminar, Workshop
  • 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, Radicalization prevention, Critical thinking
  • Core activities:

    Internet research, Written activity, Creative activity, Film viewing, Testimonial

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 99
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

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

  • Topics and objectives:

    In this exercise, the events surrounding the "Anschluss" of Austria to the National Socialist German Reich in 1938 are examined from the perspective of victims and opponents of the Nazi regime. The students thus get a new perspective on these events, besides mass enthusiasm and hysteria.
  • Materials used:

    Audiovisual material, Online material
  • Material produced:

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

    Students individually work in an online learning module.
  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 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:

    The students - gain a differentiated perspective through encounters with the spatially, culturally and temporally different - become aware of the manifold causes of historical and political events and processes as well as the different possibilities of their interpretation and presentation - acquire critical historical and political consciousness - become empowered to grasp facts and problems in their complexity, their causes and consequences
  • Indicators of success:

    Students get really motivated if they have the option to work indepenendly with historic sources in a multi-media setting.
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Robert Obermair
    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:

    None, it should be very easy, after teachers have famliarized themselves with the IWitness-website.
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

  • Other comments or details: