One of the main goals of the ”Cultures of Remembrance” project is to investigate various narratives connected with World War II and the Holocaust: where they come from, how they are formed, how they are presented in different memorable places in different countries, and how they are transformed throughout time. The website and mini-projects within it present those narratives from different angles and, most importantly, they encourage discussion. What approach should teachers choose when talking about narratives at school and university? Which topics should be covered? What to do with “uncomfortable” topics and how to handle controversial situations?
After the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the formats of information delivery broadened dramatically, a lot of events and work in general moved online. So, in this brochure we find it useful to provide both offline and online methods and activities. You can choose whatever is more relevant or even combine the formats, which have also proved to be great practice.
We wanted to create practical and understandable material that can be used by anyone who is willing to talk about the topic as objectively as possible, covering it from different perspectives. The purpose of this brochure is not to educate, but to give tools to those who are familiar with the topic or interested in it for their work with young people. Feel free to apply it in your work, studies, or volunteering.
Please, note that many of the following methods are interactive or even involve role-playing. In order to avoid trivialisation or historical inaccuracies, it is very important not to carry out the methods without doing background research on the respective topic.
You should also take into consideration that we give you a description of the methods and ways to implement them, but we don’t provide you with concrete materials. So, for example, in the methods which require cards, board games, or other special equipment, you have to make sure you’ve prepared properly before implementing the method.