History is postered up

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Mémorial de la Shoah
    Institution type: Memorial, memory & education center, not-for profit foundation
    Institution URL: www.memorialdelashoah.org
  • Format:

  • Target population:

    Students, Educators in formal settings
  • Cost (per practice):

    51-100 euros
  • Setting:

    Your institution, School, Outdoor urban location
  • Themes:

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

    Group work, Group discussion, Creative activity, Image analysis

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:

    What do images tell us? How to analyse them and re-situate them in a very specific historical context? This workshop reflects on the composition and processing of images, their role in the construction of prejudices and propaganda. The workshop analyses propaganda images dating from WWII and seeks to equip students with the necessary tools to recognise and deconstruct prejudices, stereotypes and propaganda images. It invites students to reflect on signs & symbols within the historical context in which they were produced.
  • Materials used:

    Audiovisual material, Craft supplies, Posters
    Link to the material:
    1. http://www.memorialdelashoah.org/pedagogie-et-formation/activites-pour-le-secondaire/ateliers-pedagogiques.html
  • Material produced:

    Drawings; posters
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    This workshop lasts 2.5 hours. Students are sitting on the ground in two parallel lines, each student having one of its fellow student in front of him. Each student has three pieces of paper and pen in front of them. 1. Understanding of what an image is for students 2. Strudents draw portraits, self-portraits and animalised portraits 3. In small groups, students reuse and appropriate signs and symbols extracted from historical propaganda images. Students recreate a new image from these elements
  • 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?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Other, Knowledge of graphic art and propaganda / advertising thematics

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, Formal verbal feedback, Qualitative written feedback, Quantitative survey
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    Understanding that every image conveys a message or a discourse; Reading and visual understanding of images; Image literacy; Ability to recognise and deconstruct a propaganda discourse & image.
  • Indicators of success:

    High demand from teachers; positive feedback; constant reevaluation according to feedback
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Marini Bambi
    Email address: ateliershorslesmurs@memorialdelashoah.org


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:

    Materials needed
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Setting (large room, in which two long sheets of papers can be placed and students can sit on the floor next two it in two parallel lines); A minimal understanding of graphic arts.
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

  • Other comments or details: