About the Project
By exchanging examples of best practice in Holocaust education, MemAct! team develops participatory models and concepts of education and dialogue on the memory of suffering and crimes in the Second World War. In the MemAct! educational models to be developed, citizens with diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to define their own meaningful questions on the Nazi past and connect them with challenges of our current Europe to approach the ethics of civic responsibility. In addition, educators will learn from the way various participating communities, youth, elderly people, migrants and disadvantaged people perceive history. Through these shared processes, MemAct! will also develop models of collaboration between Holocaust education and anti-racist community work.
The general aim of MemAct! is to challenge and change approaches in commemoration site and museum activities towards a participatory approach. As the problem of the rise of extreme right thinking patterns and attitudes – that once made the Holocaust possible – is of a common Europe concern, MemAct!’s aim is to head for a cross-European perspective in Holocaust education, including too often neglected voices from East – and South East Europe.
To head in this direction the specific aim of MemAct! is the development, the implementation and dissemination of participatory and democratic methods, models, learning settings in museum, commemoration sites, teacher training and schools.Through the project activities MemAct! aims to build a network between educators and activists in the field of Holocaust education and civic education in a European perspective: Museum or commemoration site employees will learn form NGOs in the field of remembrance activism and anti-racist practices and vice versa. MemAct! will contribute guidelines and strategies for participatory perspectives in Holocaust education. They will be provided to local, national and EU policy makers. Hence MemAct! develops and provides the necessary tools to find educational answers on pressing European challenges and perils regarding the rise of anti-Semitism, anti migrant, anti Roma Racism, and separatism.