Paul Salmons, Institute of Education, University of London

Christian Gudehus, University of Flensburg

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, representing Anne Frank House (from 2nd Workshop on)

Ayellet Grassiani, Anne Frank House (1st Workshop)

Rebecca Ribarek, Dachau Memorial (from 3rd Workshop on)

Waltraud Burger, Dachau Memorial (1st and 2nd Workshop)

Christian Staffa, Workshop chair

Paul Salmons

paul salmons

Paul Salmons is Programme Director of the Centre for Holocaust Education at the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London.

The IOE is the UK’s leading institute for educational research and practice. Since 2008 its Centre for Holocaust Education has conducted large scale national research into the challenges of teaching about the Holocaust in schools and has created educational approaches, activities and materials specifically designed to respond to these classroom needs – the first time that such a research-informed programme has been created anywhere in the world.

The Centre is currently working on a major research project into young people’s knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust that will comprise a national survey of at least 5,000 secondary school students; at least six detailed case studies in individual schools; and a series of some 5-8 flexible thematic studies offering in-depth explorations of specific issues or concerns. The findings of this national research project will richly inform the Centre’s work with schools in England and, it is hoped, will make a significant contribution to the work of others throughout the UK and internationally.

Before joining the IOE, Paul helped establish the United Kingdom’s national Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and created its education programme. He is author of Reflections, an educational resource for teaching about the Holocaust that has won international acclaim; has represented the UK at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) since its inception (as the International Task Force), and chaired the IHRA’s Education Working Group and its subcommittee on Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.  Paul was invited by the United Nations to develop new educational materials for teaching and learning about the Holocaust that have been translated into many languages, and has served as consultant on a wide range of national and international projects.


Impact of IOE's Centre for Holocaust Education.pdf

Universal Meaning or Historical Understanding.pdf

Christian Gudehus

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The research of the Social Psychologist Christian Gudehus (Universität Flensburg) focuses on memory studies, reception studies (with an emphasis on film, exhibitions, and memorials), as well as on the social psychology of collective violence. He has taught and undertaken research in several institutions as the Ruhr University Bochum, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen, the Institute for Culture Studies and Theatre History of the Austrian Academy of Science, the Centro de Estudios Sobre Genocido at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires), Sciences Po (Paris), and the Université de Paris Ouest - Nanterre La Défense. He has widely published on the aforementioned and other subjects. Amongst others he co-edited an interdisciplinary Handbook on Memory and Remembrance (with Ariane Eichenberg & Harald Welzer, 2010) and the Handbook on Violence (with Michaela Christ, 2013). The latest publication is in collaboration with Carmen Meinert: Bringing knowledge to action. A case study of environmental activism on the Tibetan plateau. In: Carmen Meinert. Nature, Enviroment and Culture in East Asia. The Challenge of Climate Change. Leiden: Brill, 231-258.

Christian Gudehus is also co-founder of the Norbert Elias Center for Transformation-Design and Research (NEC) and coordinates the Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research (CMR).

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

leontine meijerLéontine Meijer-van Mensch is lecturer of heritage theory and professional ethics at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam School of the Arts) and co-director in the recently founded firm MMC Mensch Museological Consulting (Amsterdam-Berlin). She is active in the board of several (international) museum organizations, for example chairperson of COMCOL, the ICOM International Committee for Collecting, and board member of the International School of Museology in Celje (Slovenia).  She worked for a variety of exhibition projects in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, for instance as a researcher and as an educator in the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and guest lecturer in institutions in- and outside the Netherlands. Her main interest lies in remembrance culture, participatory work in heritage institutions and contemporary collecting.  

For Léontine museums and other heritage sites should be about, with and for people!

Ayellet Grassiani

ayellet grassianiI have the degree of Bachelor of Education.

Since 2009 I'm working for de Group Visits departement at the Anne Frank House. I started as a freelancer, since april 2012 I'm a member of the regular staff.

 The Group Visits department offers 2 hour educational programs to over 900 school groups and over 2000 (shorter) programs annually. Different programs and materials are offered according to age and education of students. In the last couple of years the Group Visits Department developed new materials together with the Education Department.

This year we are organizing, together with Yad va Shem in Jerusalem, for the first time a Seminar (there will be three seminars) for teachers and educational workers to learn “How to teach about the Holocaust.”

I'm participating in this project and this year I will be one of the people who is organising this seminar and Iam accompanying the group to Israel, to Yad va Shem and the Ghetto fighters museum.

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House was founded on 3 May 1957 with the primary aims of preserving the Anne Frank House and spreading the message of Anne Frank’s life and ideals. Following a fundraising drive, restoration work began in 1958, and the Anne Frank House was officially opened as a museum on 3 May 1960.

The Anne Frank House is a non-profit organisation. Its main aims are to administer the Anne Frank House museum and to spread the message of Anne Frank’s life and ideals. The Anne Frank House is an independent organisation with no affiliations to any political party or ideological movement.

The Anne Frank House is entrusted with the care of the Secret Annexe, the place where Anne Frank went into hiding during World War II and where she wrote her diary. It brings her life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy.

Rebecca Ribarek

rebecca ribarekStudied political science and history in Augsburg and Messina.

From 2011 she conducted seminars for the “Max-Mannheimer-Studienzentrum, Dachau” and worked as a guide for the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

Since 2012 Rebecca is staff member of the Education Department of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

With approximately 800,000 visitors annually, it is the most visited site in Germany. More than 60% of adult visitors arrive from foreign countries.

One of Rebecca’s main tasks is the examination of different national narratives and expectations from visitors of the Memorial Site.

She is responsible for the education and training of foreign language guides and freelancers and in addition the development of pedagogical material for them.


Waltraud Burger

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Study of history, historicalauxiliary sciences, philosophy in Marburg and Cologne

Head of Education Department of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site since March 2010

Director of Museum and Memorial Trutzhain in Hesse, Germany; responsible for the conception of the exhibition and education program

The permanent exhibition deals with the history of the STALAG IX A Ziegenhain POW Camp, which was situated here between 1939 and 1945. Museum and Memorial Trutzhain shows the treatment of POW from all over Europe against international law, their suffering, their dying and their abuse for forced labour, as well as the ramifications of the War like flight and displacement.

Dachau Memorial Site Education Department

The Memorial Site’s educational work focuses on the history of the concentration camp, which is conveyed mainly from the perspective of the prisoners, without however ignoring the historical context, the structures.

The historical and political educational work at the Dachau Memorial Site is geared to addressing the needs of both school as well as adult groups. The Memorial Site is also very much an international location. For these reasons, the historical and political educational work spans two poles: extracurricular youth education and intercultural adult education.and processes of Nazi terrors, and the history of the perpetrators. Avoided at all cost is an educational model that tries to “shock” visitors by generating a superficial emotional impact, one disconnected from historical realities, so too a voyeuristic and mechanistic look at the SS power apparatus and its internal workings.

Guided tours for groups as well as the following project days (day and half-day seminars) for groups and school classes may be booked by contacting the Education Department.

Besides managing and developing educational programs, another key task of the Education Department is to train the freelance guides conducting tours on the grounds of the Memorial Site. Currently they are prepared for the role of guide in a nine-month course offered together with the “Dachauer Forum” and the “Max-Mannheimer-Studienzentrum, Dachau”. There is also a comparable course for training commercial tour providers (e.g. Munich tour guides).

Assistance is given to school pupils who are writing term papers and researching project seminars (“P- und W-Seminare”); for this purpose they may also use the archive and library.

Education Department of the Memorial Site and Mauthausen EU-Project

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site will participate in the project by contributing its extensive experience gathered by the Education Department. Areas of expertise concern particularly the development of educational concepts on the one hand and the training of educational staff on the other. The exchange of best practice methods in between different memorial sites will allow for the development of methods and tools that can lead to a greater quality control within the educational work of memorial sites in general.

Christian Staffa

christian_staffaborn 1959 in Essen/Germany

1978 Woodbrooke College Birmingham

1979-1986 studied protestant theology in Berlin (1979-1982;1984-1986), Tübingen (1982-1983) and Prague (1983-1984)

October 1986 First Theological Examen

1986-1989 Vikariat in Berlin

1989 Second Theological Examen

In 1989 he founded with a sociologist, Dr. Manfred Jurgovsky the Institut für vergleichende Geschichtswissenschaften e.V. (IvGw) in Berlin. (Institute for comparing history studies)

1991, 1993, 1995 as freelancer for the Protestant Academy in Berlin together with Björn Krondorfer, St. Mary´s College Maryland, planning, organisation and facilitating of three  four week summerprogramms „ The Third Generation after the Shoah“. About these programms three publications (see below). 

1990-1998 programm director at the Protestant Academy Sachsen-Anhalt for Eastern Europe, Jewish-Christian-Dialogue, and the history of NS-Germany.

1998 PGD on Bohemian church history and its reception in German church history.

1999-2012 executive director of Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste) in Berlin. 

Speaker of a churchrelated nationwide network against rigthwinged extremism.


Holocaust Memorial Berlin.pdf


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