To form one's own opinion is a main goal of educational work. Photo: Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial

Principles and aims of our educational work

The learning processes do not begin at the memorial, but prior to the visit here. Preparation with regard to content, taking the participants’ interests as an orientation, is indispensable for successful educational work at our facilities. The educational processes at the memorial are designed to be democratic and flexible, and they grant the visitors as high a degree of voluntariness as possible as regards their participation in the individual programme items. 

In the mediation of the educational contents, we attach importance to a multi-perspectival and discriminating approach. Indoctrination is prohibited within the framework of our education work. The staff is not permitted to force desired opinions onto the visitors, or to prevent them from coming to independent assessments. This approach demands, among other things, that controversies in research and politics also appear controversial in our teaching activities. The one-sided interpretation of differing standpoints is not permissible. (Beutelsbach Consensus)

The educational programmes are to strike a consistent balance between goal/content-oriented work and process-oriented activity without losing sight of the individual participants and the group dynamics. The memorial’s educational offers are to provide the visitors with impulses for a personal critical examination of the history of the site, and to support and accompany that process.

The goal is to help visitors develop an alert and critical awareness of history, as well as to spark processes of reflection on one’s own identity, social roles and personal responsibility. The memorial education work is thus strongly focused on the present.