Fluchtpunkte. Bewegte Lebensgeschichten zwischen Europa und Nahost

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: erinnern.at
    Institution type: Institute for Holocaust Education of the Austrian ministry for education
    Institution URL: http://www.erinnern.at
  • Format:

    Workshop, Instructional material
  • Target population:

    Students, Young people
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

    No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education, Citizenship/democracy education, Xenophobia and other prejudices, Radicalization prevention, Critical thinking
  • Core activities:

    Group work, Group discussion, Written activity, Textual analysis, Testimonial

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:

    This learning material tries to establish links between of the history of Europe and that of the Middle East. On the basis of seven life stories the topics anti-Semitism, racism, flight and migration, Holocaust and Middle East conflict are treated. Both public debate and academic engagement with the Middle East often focus on the tensions surrounding Israel and the Palestinian Territories, referred to as the "Middle East Conflict". This conflict, and beyond that, the war in Syria and other wars in the area, hostility against refugees, and antisemitism directed against European Jews and against Israel, are not just troubeling to many students. The complex of topics often seems overwhelming and, when discussed, very easily leads to quarrels. _erinnern.at_ developed a new learning material for these educational as well as social challenges.
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Online material
    Link to the material:
    1. https://www.fluchtpunkte.net/lernmodule
  • Material produced:

    Written material
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    The different learning modules embed the individual life stories in a deeper analysis of the historical-political framework and the central themes. With the help of the material, learning situations are to be created that open spaces through the material (based on the life stories) as well as through individual approaches (using the methods) in which possible different approaches and backgrounds can be discussed together. The extensions and adaptations in the learning modules allow a deepening of the topics covered or supplement these with a specific aspect. A separate document on the didactic basics of the learning modules introduces the concrete preparation of the lessons. You can access this document here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/48859b_a43837c5f34c462e8863a26305e1a4e9.pdf
  • Length of activity:

    8 to 15 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

    Yes: https://www.fluchtpunkte.net/lernmodule
  • 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 life stories featured in this activity represent complex, contradictory and controversial situations - they exemplify an intertwined and seemingly unsolvable situation. The individualization of the abstract stranger makes an approach to the different possible. Central to this is the visualization and processing of different perspectives. Learners are hence invited to relate to each other. This learning material makes it possible to address the developments and policies of racism and anti-Semitism and to show what influences they have on historical and current refugee and migration movements. The Shoah is not portrayed as a limited German or Austrian history. On the contrary: Students learn that the Shoah had and has direct consequences for the Middle East.
  • Indicators of success:

    "Fluchtpunkte" offers a number of learning modules which can be either used independently or as a whole project, thus offering a highly adaptable ressource pack for teachers. Biographical learning facilitates access to complex historical interdependencies. This promotes a differentiated view, which recognizes complexity and ambivalence.
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Axel Schacht
    Email address: office@erinnern.at


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:

    There are no major challenges, because the material has been carefully selected and well-prepared for teachers.
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Yes, you can find further (German) information here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/48859b_a43837c5f34c462e8863a26305e1a4e9.pdf
  • Other comments or details: