Digital formats in historical-political education

Digital formats in historical-political education

The program aims to develop and test innovative digital projects for historical-political education. The projects combine digital tools and methods with historical sites and local history. In 2019 and 2020, projects were carried out in Germany and Poland, and in 2021/22 in Germany, Belarus and Ukraine. Non-profit organizations as well as state-run institutions are funded in cooperation with digital partners.

The projects take the history of National Socialism as their starting point to address the relevance of memory for the future. They confront various forms of contemporary antisemitism in a visible way and have the potential to stimulate high-profile debates, create opportunities for action and thereby strengthen democratic values.

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg: a serious game

What is the EVZ Foundation aiming to achieve with this project?

Ways of learning and communicating are changing, and serious games are a format within the games community
that offers a good way to create new momentum in the context of historical and political education. By setting
up this project, the EVZ Foundation is aiming to reach a new target group and tackle the relevant didactic challenges.

Who is involved in the project, and who is it reaching?

The ''Behind the Scenes: Nuremberg '34” project is being implemented by the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg. Different users from various countries and age groups visit the center, so the project is reaching very heterogeneous target groups.The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is designing the historical and didactic concept and evaluating the project.
Visuals created by: comic illustrator and designer Hamed Eshrat, game developer: Dr. Patrick Ruckdeschel with Zockrates Laboratories UG.

Why is the EVZ supporting this particular project?

The pilot project connects the tech area with the memorial work in which the game will be developed and used.
It serves as a link between established historical/political education formats and creative/technical innovation potential and will be implemented as part of the digital // memory funding program.

Duration of the project: 2019–2021
Funding amount: EUR 165,000
Funding country: Germany
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Young people in Poland design commemorative signs

What does the EVZ Foundation intend to achieve with the project?

The project combines analog and digital: an interactive tool is used to process data from an existing database. In this way, printing forms are created that are then printed by laser or using 3D technology, depending on the materials available at the location. Personalized and customized commemorative signs are created in this way.

Who’s involved, and who does the project reach?

Young people, in rural areas in particular, become familiar with regional history and mark relevant places of remembrance in their immediate surroundings.

The young people work together with historians and educators in this project. At an international event, participants exchange ideas and experiment together with the use of modern technologies for teaching history.

Why is the Foundation supporting this project in particular?

The project is captivating with the combination of a digital tool, craft and artistic ambitions. It exemplifies how digital and analog memory work can be brought together.

Project sponsor: Zapomniane Foundation, Warsaw
Funding phase: 2020–2021
Funding amount: EUR 41,460.00
Funding country: Republic of Poland

App relating to the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp

What does the EVZ Foundation intend to achieve with the project?

The app combines historical sources with innovative technologies:
Drawings by prisoners are projected onto the current location through photographs of the concentration camp memorial site. The app can be used on site when visiting the memorial site or as a tour on the web; it gives users virtual access to the memorial site.

Who’s involved, and who does the project reach?

The project was developed by the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in cooperation with the Zaubar company. It is intended for visitors to the memorial site and people who do not actually take part in on-site tours. Furthermore, the memorial site staff learn to use the digital tool.

Why is the Foundation supporting this project in particular?

The app is to be used for independent tours within the memorial site and for various educational formats. With an in-depth examination of prisoners' biographies, the app brings the user closer to the perspective of the persecuted people and creates an individual approach to active remembrance.

Project sponsor: Bavarian Memorial Sites Foundation, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Funding phase: 2020-2021
Funding amount: EUR 89,800.00
Funding country: Germany

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