Report on advanced and first training offered by the Education Department in 2011

One of the principal tasks of the Education Department of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is to provide tour guides active on the grounds of the Memorial Site with initial or more advanced in-depth training. Thanks to their direct contact with the visitors these tour guides perform important educational work on site. Special in-depth training is also offered at regular intervals to teachers and other key communicators.

In 2011 the Education Department has completed the training course for new guides from the previous year and held two training courses for commercial guides. Several themes were discussed during the courses, for instance the history of the concentration camp and the Memorial Site, educational issues, the concept behind the exhibition, the opportunities presented by working with biographies, and the possibilities generated by interacting with the visitor groups. The courses also included an excursion day where the grounds of the Bavarian Riot Police in Dachau (formerly the SS camp) and various places of remembrance in the vicinity of the Dachau Memorial Site were visited.

The advanced in-depth training for over 100 already active guides spanned eight regular meetings and included a diverse array of othetl_files/images/aktuelles/Veranstaltungen 2011/Exkursion Muehldorf.jpgr activities. The themes dealt with here included the Memorial Book for the Dead of the Dachau Concentration Camp, biographies of persons imprisoned in the “smaller” subcamps, how expectations differ amongst the various foreign visitor groups, and the prisoner group of the Sinti and Roma. A joint excursion was undertaken to the former subcamp at Mühldorf. Following two training sessions devoted to conducting half-day seminars, in November and December professional speech training and supervision are offered.

In June and October 2011 the Education Department held two full-day in-depth trainings for teachers. Methods for preparing and following-up tours and visits while still on site were shown and tried out, as well as general proposals for lessons given. A guided tour then enabled the participating teachers to become more deeply familiar with the historical location.