BHS / ENG
Pedagogical Director “Max-Mannheimer-Studienzentrum” Dachau
Projects in cooperation with French-German Youth Office: 2008/2009 French-German-Bosnian: “Between Remebrance and Oblivion: Difficult places in Europe”; 2009/2010 French-German-Croatian: “Crossed History: Approach to a European Memory”; 2010/2011 French-German-Serbian: “The Propaganda of War: Origins and Instrumentalisation in the 20th Century” Earlier projects in cooperation with EuroMed and Europeans for Peace with Algeria, Israel, Norway, Poland, France, Belarus, Czech Republic and others.
Due to the chronological distance to WWII, for many of young people today in Germany the Third Reich has become something quite distant ; “the Nazis” are a historicized époque almost just like other historical periods like “The Romans”. In addition young people today are increasingly influenced by the media who deal with the topic as a virtual reality. Blockbuster movies like “Schindler’s list” contribute to reducing the Third Reich among young people to a collection of individual human stories, where a contextual and critical understanding of the period is often missing." In the educational work with youth groups it often happens that they draw comparisons to other genocides, wars or actual political happenings (e.g. to the wars in Yugoslavia). I am interested to exchange with others how to deal with that in reaction and how to integrate comparisons by intention in a reasonable way.