A Teacher’s Guide to Remembrance Education

The RETHINK consortium has collected and selected good practices that offer real learning opportunities for participants to develop critical thinking, self-criticism, self-evaluation and self-reflection, and tested them in a range of contexts.

Our Teachers’ Guide to Remembrance Education aims to present the results of our piloting activities, which took place across Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Poland between September 2018 and July 2019.

It is neither a quantitative analysis of all or even most remembrance education practices that exist across Europe, nor a comprehensive guide to remembrance education. Rather, it aims to provide (practical) support and tips to improve educators’ practice. In this sense, the guide should be seen as a handbook, containing tools educators can use to address challenges they encounter when teaching about remembrance.

This handbook is meant as a tool to support educators from both the formal and informal educational sectors. It is specifically dedicated to open minded teachers who want to implement informal education practices in their classrooms. It includes:


Tips and ideas

Tips and ideas on how to integrate remembrance education principles into your practice and adapt your teaching in the form of bullet point suggestions;



Advice tailored to the needs of experienced or junior teachers;


Text boxes

Text boxes with additional context or background information;



Testimonies from the teachers who tested these practices;


Also available in: FRNL

The Practices

Note that these practices are NOT meant to be used separately from the teacher’s guide. The RETHINK consortium strongly encourages you to read the guide carefully, before using these practices in your context.

For each practice, you can access a factsheet with basic information on the activity (topic, target group, length, required materials…) and an activity plan that you can download and print to use in class.

We hope you will enjoy reading our Teacher’s Guide to Remembrance Education and getting acquainted with the practices we have selected; and most importantly, feel inspired to try out remembrance education programmes in your educational context!




An Archive More Important than LifeThe Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical InstitutePoland
Ordinary HeroesKazerne DossinBelgium
IWitness – Online learing module on antisemitismErinnernAustria
History is Postered UpMémorial de la ShoahFrance
Preparing to Visit Auschwitz-BirkenauHolocaust Education Trust Ireland – HETIIreland
17 letters – For the last time and foreverMontreal Holocaust MuseumCanada