We Refugees Archive

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Minor Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung
    Institution type: NGO
    Institution URL: https://minor-kontor.de/we-refugees-wir-fluechtende/
  • Format:

    Exhibition, Instructional material, Other
  • Target population:

    Students, Educators in formal settings, Educators in non-formal settings, Civil society and non-profit leaders, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

    No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education, Antisemitism, Xenophobia and other prejudices, Human rights/discrimination, The Holocaust and/or other genocides
  • Core activities:

    Internet research, Film viewing, Image analysis, Textual analysis, Testimonial

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Not applicable
  • Age of target population:

    16-18, 19-25, 26+ years
  • Additional specifics:

  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    We Refugees Archive is a digital archive on refugeedom, past and present. It focuses on individual micro-histories and the city as a microcosm of refuge and new beginnings. Testimonies of refugees in National Socialism and today are contextualized and edited for international remembrance and education work.
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Audiovisual material, Online material
    Link to the material:
    1. https://en.we-refugees-archive.org/
  • Material produced:

    Not applicable
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    The We Refugees Archive can be explored individually or by usage of the educational modules (https://en.we-refugees-archive.org/praxis/). Educators can create their own tool boxes/modules by using the "Bookmark" function.
  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

    Yes: https://en.we-refugees-archive.org/
  • Accessibility and replicability

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

    English, American, German
  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:


Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    More awareness for the experience of refugees, their agency, support and exclusion mechanisms, continuities and ruptures between the past and the presence
  • Indicators of success:

    highly adaptable to different context, flexible usage, no costs, multilingualism
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Anne von Oswad
    Email address: a.oswald@minor-kontor.de


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, internet access and basic digital skills
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Creating an understanding for the differences and similarities between refugees' experiences in past and present and different places
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Guided toor through the archive, education modules (https://en.we-refugees-archive.org/praxis/)
  • Other comments or details: