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Education and memory in times of a global crisis II

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Education and memory in times of a global crisis II. International views on current projects from Rwanda to Israel.

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For the second time we have organized a workshop to shed some light on recent developments in historical education worldwide. The impact of Covid-19 has been felt in cultural institutions all around the world – especially in the educational departments. Many museums and memorial sites had been closed for weeks and months – sometimes for the first time in their history. Educators working at these places had to come up with ideas on how to deal with the new situation. Often an accelerated or even completely new approach on digital or virtual resources has been the answer – many of these ideas can be found on the usual social media sites under #closedbutopen – but sometimes the forced break was also used to take a step back and develop methods and materials for the time after the shutdown.

In this edition of our workshop series “Education and memory in times of a global crisis” we will take a look at current educational practices at sites and institutions that deal with violent pasts in their countries or regions. The speakers are Mofidul Hoque (Liberation War Museum, Dhaka/Bangladesh), Honore Gatera (Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali/Rwanda), Yaron Tzur (Ghetto Fighters' House Museum, Westgaliläa/Israel) and Virginie Genest und Marie Pellegrini (Maison d'Izieu--Mémorial des enfants juifs exterminés, Département Ain/France). They will present ideas and projects that they think might be helpful to other institutions all around the world. There is going to be space for questions as well as time to discuss the impact of these ideas in smaller groups.

Timetable (All times are MESZ/UTC+2)

15:00 Welcoming and short introduction (Steffen Jost, Concentration camp Memorial Site, Dachau/Germany)

15:15 Lecture 1: Mofidul Hoque (Liberation War Museum, Dhaka/Bangladesh)

Lecture 2: Honore Gatera (Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali/Rwanda)

Questions and discussions: Maximilian Lütgens (Concentration camp Memorial Site, Dachau/Germany)

16:00 Break

16:15 Lecture 3: Yaron Tzur (Ghetto Fighters' House Museum, Westgaliläa/Israel)

Lecture 4: and Virginie Genest und Marie Pellegrini (Maison d'Izieu--Mémorial des enfants juifs exterminés, Département Ain/France)

Questions and discussions: Maximilian Lütgens (Concentration camp Memorial Site, Dachau/Germany)

17:00 Discussion in smaller groups in “breakout sessions”

17:20 Final words

The workshop is going to be held in English. There is no fee.

Participants and Institutions

Steffen Jost and Max Lütgens (Concentration camp Memorial Site, Dachau/Germany)

Steffen Jost is the head of the education department at the Concentration camp Memorial Site in Dachau since 2018. His main interests are digital forms of historical education and memorialization as well as the history of Roma during National Socialism. Maximilian Lütgens works as an educational assistant at the memorial site since 2017. His educational work focuses on connecting the past and the present and the historical topics of resistance fighters and the diversity of prisoners inside Concentration Camps.

The Memorial Site in Dachau is located near Munich at the place of one of the first Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany. It is visited by around 900.000 visitors per year.

Our Speakers:

Mofidul Hoque is one of the founder trustees of the Bangladesh Liberation War Museum. He studied sociology at the University of Dhaka. The Liberation War Museum is a non-governmental museum in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar neighborhood in Dhaka. The museum commemorates the Bangladesh Liberation War that led to the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan. Over the years the museum collected over 20.000 objects related to the war. In 2017 the museum moved into a new and much bigger building.

Honore Gatera is the Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial. A Graduate of Kigali independent University with A bachelor’s degree in Social sciences, he started working for The Aegis Trust since 2004 as a guide officer at the Kigali genocide Memorial. Since then Honore has hosted thousands of visitors including heads of states, dignitaries and other very important visitors of Rwanda. Honore has participated and contributed in various projects related to the preservation for the memory of the genocide against Tutsi that include the Collection of Archives and Development of Peace Education programs.The Kigali Genocide Memorial is located in the capital of Rwanda and commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The remains of over 250,000 people are interred there. The centre documents the genocide through several exhibitions, but it also describes the history of Rwanda that preceded the event.

Yaron Tzur works as the Pedagogic Director at the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum in Israel. From its earliest days, the founders of this museum sought to tell the story of the Holocaust, focusing on the Jewish and universal human spirit in its many shades, the possibility of choice – even in difficult situations, the victory of the human spirit and the rebuilding of life later on in the State of Israel. We aim to create a dialogue with our visitors regarding their personal meanings of the Holocaust. This is the basis of our educational rationale, which seeks to emphasize three fundamental elements: To understand various shades of Holocaust remembrance, to observe the past as a warning sign on one hand, and as a source of inspiration for creating a more moral and humane society on the other.

Marie Pellegrini and Virginie Genest are both working in the educational and research board at the The Maison d’Izieu. The The Maison d’Izieu, Memorial to the Exterminated Jewish Children is a place of remembrance, education and life in order to understand crimes against humanity and to act against all forms of discrimination. Located in the South of Bugey, only 1 hour from Lyon, the Maison d’Izieu is a unique place that makes a complex contemporary history accessible to everyone: the Shoah in France during the Second World War; the birth of international justice and its continued presence to this day; the creation of remembrance of crimes against humanity. Today, it is a warm, welcoming place that opens visitors’ eyes and that aims to deliver, by remembering the children and carers of the Izieu home, a universal message and to act against all forms of intolerance and racism.

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