Core features of the practice
Institution name: erinnern.at
Institution type: Institute for Holocaust Education of the Austrian ministry for education
Institution URL: http://www.erinnern.at
Workshop, Instructional material
Students, Young people, General public/non-specialist audience
Cost (per practice):
No specific setting required
Remembrance education and/or history education, Citizenship/democracy education, Antisemitism, The Holocaust and/or other genocides, Media literacy
Group work, Group discussion, Written activity, Film viewing, Image analysis
Additional information about the practice
Number of participants:
Up to 34
Age of target population:
National/local specifities (e.g. activity targeted to Swedish school students)
Topics and objectives:
The focus of "Neue Heimat Israel" and the didactic considerations are the narratives of people who have experienced traumatic cuts in their lives. The memories of eyewitnesses and contemporary witnesses convey how historical events have affected their lives, how they have dealt with them personally and what interpretations they give to the past from the present perspective.
Audiovisual material, Online material
Link to the material:
Written material, Online material
Sequence of activities - methodology:
The core of the learning modules focuses on attentive and accurate listening and observing to promote empathetic understanding. The pupils should not only be able to deal with the issue of remembrance, but also get the opportunity to reflect on the feelings that the stories might trigger. Therefore, the sensitization of processes of self-perception and foreign perception is given wide space. The interview excerpts can be viewed via two possible approaches: 1) Video portraits of eyewitnesses (biographical approach): These are short and concise depictions of the life of a human being. For this purpose, the interview sequences were enriched with photos and recordings of the interviews in Israel. The employment with one (or more) video portraits is recommended as an introduction to the work with the interviews. 2) Thematic videos: These are not intended as independent short films, but are related to the learning modules. Based on remembered, narrated and videotaped life stories, the students deal with seven topics that do not reduce people to a victim status but present them in their diversity and as creators of their own history.
Length of activity:
More than 15 hours
Is the activity digital?:
Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:
Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:
Components of the practice
Accessibility and replicability
Has this practice been evaluated?
Participants, Informal non-participant observer, Instructor delivering the practice, Internal evaluator, Formal external evaluator
By what means?:
Informal verbal feedback, Formal verbal feedback
Core content knowledge and transferable skills:
The core of the learning modules focuses on attentive and accurate listening and observing in order to promote empathetic understanding. The pupils should not only be able to deal with the issue of remembrance, but should also to get the opportunity to reflect on the feelings that the stories might trigger.
Indicators of success:
Since the memories and subjective experiences are of much greater importance than the presentation of facts, the context of the interview, the narrative itself, its language as well as facial expressions and gestures must be addressed. Here, on the part of the students irritations are not only allowed, but even wanted. Especially the sometimes visible discrepancy between the experience and the narrated can contribute to the fact that students acquire the competence to deal with the format "contemporary witness interview".
Educational coordinator contact details:
Name: Maria Ecker-Angerer
Email address: Maria.Ecker@erinnern.at
How many times?:
The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.
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Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):
Yes. Seminars can be booked. For more information see http://www.neue-heimat-israel.at/seminare
Other comments or details: