How to talk to students about the Holocaust? Educational workshop for teachers with experts from the Polin Museum

After the summer break, we are back with our Memory Studies Zooms! On 3 October at 7 pm, we invite you to workshops for teachers and educators on how to implement educational activities that address the topic of the Holocaust and the Second World War in the classroom.

The workshops will be led by, among others: Monika Koszyńska – an experienced museum educator, currently the main specialist in programmes for teachers, former head of the Children and Youth Education Department at the POLIN Museum of Polish Jews, and Joanna Stryjewska, art historian and Krakow guide working in the Bielsko Jewish Community. They will present a tool developed by educators from the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in co-operation with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and researchers.

In the methods proposed by the POLIN Museum, education is treated in a process-orientated manner. This means that the subsequent phases should not be omitted and that the recommendations relating to the younger age groups do not lose their validity in the subsequent phases of education.

It is important for the authors to emphasise three dimensions of education about the Second World War and the Holocaust. These include: Raising awareness and building an empathetic attitude, providing basic historical knowledge on the subject and discussing detailed information together with establishing links to the present. The proposed educational model will show how to guide children and young people through all these stages of social awareness at the right time.

The resources discussed during the meeting can be helpful in adapting the content and method to the age and cognitive abilities of the students. In addition, they can help to ensure that the educational process on this emotionally difficult topic is balanced and safe and that the well-being of all participants is taken into account.

We cordially invite you now and count on your presence!
~ FestivALT Association


The event is co-organized with the Research Center for Memory Cultures and the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow as part of the project "NeDiPa: Negotiating Difficult Pasts", which FestivALT is implementing together with Fundacja Zapomniane and the Urban Memory Foundation thanks to the support of the European Union in the framework of the program Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV).