Information for Facilitators
The following material for the preparation and
follow-up of a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial with a class or group is intended
for teachers, group-leaders, tour-guides and other facilitators.
For a visit with a group, we recommend booking a guided tour, organized by the Education Department and conducted by trained guides. More information about guided tours is available here.
Material for the Preparation of a Visit
A visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site should be prepared for, both content-wise and emotionally, so that students can understand the special character of the site. It is useful to explain the concentration camp system and to clarify Dachau’s function within this system. Furthermore, it is beneficial to talk about the concept of "community" and the related mechanisms of exclusion and persecution before coming to Dachau.
Expectations and fears can be discussed with the students prior to the visit, as well as the difference between a concentration camp and a memorial site. A general plan of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site can be helpful for this. You may download a plan with explanations here. For in-depth explanations, please see Virtual Tour.
Material for Follow-Up
After visiting a memorial site, it is important that you do not merely leave the members of your group totally alone with their own impressions. One way of following-up is to conduct a conversation about what the group members remember about the visit. The Education Department uses the exercise "What remains?" during its seminars but the same exercise can also be employed by teachers in schools, for example. Photos from the memorial site are used to foster discussion. These photos are placed in the middle of a circle of chairs. Each participant chooses one picture that appeals most to him/her, and - based on this picture - reports what he/she experienced during and after the visit.
Pictures of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site that you can use for this exercise can be downloaded here [15 MB]