Flight and Escape in Historical Perspective

How can the situation of German Jews in the 1930s serve as a starting point for reflecting on escape and migration today? The Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference and the Schiller-Gymnasium Berlin provide insights into practical work.

About the digital brochure

In this digital brochure you will find inspiration and concrete methods as well as descriptions of workshops for engaging with the topic of “Escape and Migration in Historical Perspective” in both classroom and urban contexts. The different units can be adopted according to specific needs.

About the project

“Flight and Escape in Historical Perspective – Youth Discuss Structural and Content Continuities” is a project of the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference in cooperation with the Schiller-Gymnasium Berlin-Charlottenburg. In August 2021, the Escape and Migration AG (Working Group) was established at the school, focusing on migration and refugee stories with a connection to Berlin. The project addressed both the past (German and Austrian Jews) and the present (participants’ free choice of topics). The outcome is a digital brochure with ideas and concrete methods, as well as descriptions of workshops, for exploring the topic of escape and migration in historical perspective in both classroom and urban settings. Recommended for use from 9th grade onwards, the different units can be adopted or adjusted as needed.

About the context of development

During the project duration from January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 Migration Lab Germany brings together 15 partner organizations from the fields of museums, schools, migrant organizations, memorials, and extracurricular cultural and political education. Each partner develops their specific model projects at their respective learning and meeting places, engaging and artistically addressing the complex theme of migration with children, youth, and adults in diverse ways. “Escape and Migration in Historical Perspective” is one of these projects. All multimedia educational resources created here are presented on our web platform www.migration-lab.net.

Migration Lab Germany and the 15 model projects are funded by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future” (EVZ), the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees, and Integration, the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Anti-Racism, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). The publication does not represent the opinion of the EVZ Foundation. The authors are responsible for the content of their statements.

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