Developing Education at Memorial Sites is a project of the educational team of the Mauthausen Memorial. It is supported by the "Europe for Citizens" programme of the European Union as well as by the Austrian Ministry of Interior (Mauthausen Memorial) and the Austrian association _erinnern.at_.
Since its establishment in fall 2007 the educational team of the Mauthausen Memorial has sought new ways of dealing with the challenges of the memorial site. After researching other sites and consulting other heads of education they set out on developing a pedagogical concept. The results, presented for critical discussion in an experts workshop summer 2009, served as the basis for the first guides' educational course which began in winter 2009.
The Mauthausen educational team works continually on the further development of its pedagogical concept, presenting the results in professional publications and conferences. An initial theoretical presentation was published in 2011 in German (Gedenkstaetten-Rundbrief Article), and the latest update was presented at a conference at Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in April 2013 (Strassler Article).
The pedagogical work at Mauthausen was reviewed at the end of March 2012 in a three day workshop organized by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the Mauthausen Memorial educational team. A group of experts from different disciplines, institutions and countries joined youth groups in their regular tour of the sight, discussed the concepts and gave a rich feedback. The current project, Developing Education at Memorial Sites, allows the continuation of the work which began with that workshop.