Full-day programmes (6 to 8 hours)

We offer a variety of one-day seminars on topics relating to the history of the camp.

These programmes comprise several modules, including: an introductory exercise; a guided tour of the memorial that focusses on a specific topic or issue; an opportunity for independent research in the permanent exhibition or seminar rooms (drawing on source materials or artefacts); an evaluation of the project; and a concluding discussion.

Seminar groups are accompanied throughout the day by a member of our educational staff. Among a variety of other special-interest topics, themes and topics for such one-day programmes include: forced labour and the concentration camp; human rights; and the history of Special Camp No. 2. A member of our educational staff will provide assistance in topic selection and coordination of the schedule of the day’s events.

A sample day at the memorial

Thematic worksheets offer participants a brief orientation regarding the memorial grounds, pose thought-provoking questions, and provide basic information.

morning

Arrival at Buchenwald

  • Component I:
    "Images of and about Buchenwald" — an associative introduction including historical photographs and drawings (approx. 45 to 60 minutes)
    An introductory film on the history of the concentration camp (30 minutes)
  •  Component II:
    a guided tour of the memorial grounds with selected points of emphasis (approx. 2 hours)

 lunch break

  • Component III:
    individual research or research in small groups on topics of choice, to take place in the seminar rooms on the camp grounds, in the exhibitions, and in digital collections (approx. 2 to 3 hours).

 afternoon

  • Component IV:
    Presentation of research results and discussion of remaining questions; reflection upon and evaluation of the day’s activities (approx. 90 minutes).
    Optional: conclusion of the seminar at the memorial plaque on the roll call square