Memorial Sites of the Nazi Terror in Europe
Photo Exhibition and Book Project
In 1933 the SS put the Concentration Camp Dachau into operation. The first prisoners were those who acted against the Nazis, followed by the racially persecuted. Subsequently, other camps such as Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald emerged. After the Nazi invasion of Poland, the concentration camp system expanded across occupied countries. Victims were collected in local prisons and sent to deportation camps. Afterwards they were deported to concentration camps, ghettos, and extermination camps. There were 24 main concentration camps with over 1,000 satellite camps. Many of these places are now memorial sites.
The first memorials were erected at the request of survivors and their committees. Today, these memorials serve to acknowledge the suffering of the victims and educate visitors about the greatest crimes against humanity: the genocide of Polish and Soviet civilians, Gypsies, and European Jews known as the Holocaust. Other names for it include Shoah in Hebrew and Porajmos in Romanes which is the language of the Sinti and Roma (Gypsies).
We have photographed over 38 memorial sites in Israel, France, Poland, and Germany. Out of more than 60,000 photos, we have created an exhibition with over 70 exhibits accompanied by legends and information boards. From the educational booklet accompanying the exhibition, we aim to create a book intended for international use in schools and other educational institutions.
We are seeking new exhibition venues such as Holocaust Memorials, museums, galleries, universities and so on.
The book requires funding for the media editing and to enable the Dokumentation of other memorials
such as Mauthausen, Majdanek and Theresienstadt with the camera.
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Accompanying educational program
(optional, independent of the duration of the exhibition)
Multimedia lecture „Deportation, ghetto and concentration camp“
The system of concentration camps will be explain after the demographic introduction „Germany and its neighbors from 1914 to 1933“. The dictatorship was kept in power by putting their enemies in concentraion camps, which were used during the War for weapon production. Multimedia Photo presentation of the former concentration camps, today’s memorial sites and their exhibitions. With a question-and-answer session, starting from 8th grade (independent of the curriculum, adapted to the attention level of the pupils). Duration 70 to 90 minutes.
Workshop „Local deportation biographies“
Research based on local deported civilians. Entries in the databases of the Arolsen Archives and Yad Vashem. Culture of remembrance with a local or ancestry approach. Can also serve as preparation for a trip to a memorial site. Duration 2 to 3 school hours.
Workshop „Anti-Semitism before 1945 until today“
The resurgence of anti-Semitism stands in stark contrast to human rights. Explanation of the basic forms of anti-Semitism and the resulting criminal offenses. „Globalists and Rothschilds“, the Protocols, anti-Semitic conspiracy narratives. These originated in the Russian Empire before WWI, get modernized under Goebbels and is now in the Hamas manifesto. „The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion“ is now a bestseller on the Arab book market. Comparison of Nazi propaganda with anti-Semitic memes from Telegram. Meme quiz: „Which group-oriented misanthropy does the picture belong to?“ Development of a counter-argument as a social media posting (Insta picture, meme or TikTok video).
Impressions and memories are recorded with printed cell phone photos and corresponding texts and entered in a diary (scrapbook). This is then to be continued on memorial site trips and can then be exhibited in schools or online. The basics of photography are taught and the photos are printed out using a mobile photo printer. Culture of remembrance with the pupils‘ own emotional and visual impressions based on the diaries of Anne Frank and scrapbooking. This workshop can be combined with „Local deportation biographies“. Can also be used in preparation for memorial site trips. Duration 2 to 3 school hours.
Roll-up school exhibition
Contains 5 roll-ups with photos, texts and infographics. Is in preparation and will be realized in 2024. Availability will be announced via the newsletter on dreisteine.com.
Consultation and requests:
About the Creators:
Maria Zarada: Photographer, Gypsy, and relative of Holocaust victims.
Nils Oskamp: Graphic Novel Author, and survivor of neo-Nazi assassination attempts.