In preparation for the youth project, which VGKN and CERD organized to accompany the art project, a learning module on the “Europeanity of the Natzweiler concentration camp memorials” was developed. The learning module deals with the European, multinational prisoner community of the Natzweiler concentration camp complex. The idea of European unification emerged from the survivors’ collective experience of violence. Accordingly, the learning module deals with the mediation of a European cooperation in the memorial work of the memorial sites as well as the significance of the memorial sites as authentic monuments of European history and how to deal with them. The workbook “Im Lager wurde ich zum Europäer” [engl.: In the Camp I Became an European] by Marie Koehn was created, which is available in German and French.
The workbook is available in German and French.
As part of the student project, groups of German and French young people from schools near the concentration camp Natzweiler memorials visited the memorial sites in their area and learned about the historical background. After the workshops, artists from the project visited the young people in their schools and gave the students creative impulses in joint workshops.
These workshops were pedagogically accompanied by the VGKN and the CERD. Through this accompanying project, many expressive works of art were created in collaboration with the artists, which were very well received at the exhibitions. The student art can be found below.
The Neckarelz Memorial and the Osterburken High School even produced their own catalog (in German language):