School groups

School groups

SEVERAL TOUR POSSIBILITIES

Since 2005, the Memorial has led more than 20,000 students each year in guided tours. Whether primary age, middle grades or high school students, the tour is specifically adapted to their level, to the courses they are taking, to their geographical origin and to the teachers’ wishes.

Beginning with the history of Alsace-Moselle, in particular between 1940 and 1945, the tour visit addresses an example of the establishment of a totalitarian regime in a region, since these territories were the only ones in France to experience this. Coordination and suppression of individual freedoms, eviction, repression and deportation, forced work, total warfare and liberation…all these themes are addressed with the help of posters, photos, documents, films and decor. Other themes related to citizenship, such as diversity, otherness and racism are also evoked. Finally, and because from this dark history peace was born, the tour visit ends in a 400 m2 space dedicated to European reconciliation and construction.

As a group, you may tour the exhibit  your own (with your smartphone or the tablet rented for a 3€ contribution) or accompanied by a Memorial guide.

Primary school

Memorial Story Tour: “P’tit Jeannot, un enfant au cœur de la tourmente” (“Little John, a Child at the Centre of the Turmoil”)

Length: 1-½ hours

Accompanied by a docent, the children will discover the history of Alsace-Moselle through the life of Jean, age 8, a little Alsatian boy with a destiny changed by the war…

As a complement to the visit, reserve a pedagogical workshop. For 1-¼ hours, these workshops take place in a room. They allow the children to deepen their reflection and to work on a theme briefly introduced during the visit.

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Following the annexation of Alsace and Moselle around back-to-school time in 1940, school became an instrument of the “Germanization” of the local populations so desired by Hitler. Beyond the learning of the German language, school served to spread Nazi propaganda to youth, the preferred target of the regime. While discovering excerpts from textbooks and the stories of children who were at school between 1940-1945, today’s students become aware of the role the educational system played in this totalitarian regime.

Length 1 ½ hours
A thinking activity that takes place in an education room. Focusing on history, European
geography, vigilance and citizenship, this is a cooperation game that the children play in teams.

MIDDLE GRADES AND HIGH SCHOOL

As a school group, you have the possibility of visiting on your own (with your smartphone or a tablet rented for a contribution of 3€, with or without educational tabs) or accompanied by a Memorial docent.

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The guided tour, which lasts 2 hours, costs 50 € for a group with between 15 and 35 students. Beyond 35 students, a second docent is needed. The tour is adapted to the students’ level, to their geographical origin and to the educator’s preferences.

As a complement to the visit, reserve a pedagogical workshop. For 1-¼ hours, these workshops take place in a room. They allow the children to deepen their reflection and to work on a theme briefly introduced during the visit.

How did the poster, which targeted the person in the street, become the propaganda tool preferred during the Second World War and used by the different powers?
The study of a selection of posters allows students to understand how the ones from Nazi Germany differ in their graphic style from the ones of the Allied democracies, and how the modern means of expression were used to service a racist ideology. The students are then led to reflect upon the role of the ad posters of today, which also impose a message in Western democracies.

Length 1-¼ hours
Cost: 50 € (for 30 students)

Through the example of annexed Strasburg, and using short film excerpts, this workshop is the chance to address the ideology of the Nazi regime, which sought to distract, educate, seduce and indoctrinate through the use of cinema. This session also brings technical vocabulary for image analysis, concrete tools to address the teaching of art
history. Lastly, this workshop is the chance to address in a different way the specific history of Alsace, a border province that lived through the experience of Nazism.

Through the study of varied documents (photos and other iconic documents, personal documents, newspapers…) provided by our resources, students study the journey of the people of Alsace and Moselle shattered by war.

Length: 1-¼ hours
Cost: 50 € (for 30 students)

Through concrete examples, students understand the European intervention in different areas of their daily lives.

Length: 1-¼ hours
Cost: 50 € (for 30 students)

THE NATIONAL CONTEST FOR THE RESISTANCE AND DEPORTATION (CNRD)

Created in 1961 by Lucien Paye, National Minister of Education (upon the proposal of former deported and resistance associations), the National Contest for the Resistance and Deportation (CNRD) was officially created in 1961. Its aim is to carry on the memory of the Resistance and Deportation among the French youth so they may be inspired by it and thereby draw from it civic lessons for their lives today.

The students work, in groups or individually, on a national subject in the form they choose (composition, exhibition/display, DVD, book…). The winners are chosen in May.
National Contest for the Resistance and Deportation (CNRD) Workshop.

The Memorial offers a workshop on this theme, an activity that addresses the theme of the contest from a local point of view, while drawing from the journeys of Resistance members, whether local or elsewhere.

2017-2018 Theme: “Pledging oneself for the Liberation of France”. Like every year, the Memorial and Struthof reserve an incredible evening for the winners.

So don’t wait, sign up for the National Contest for the Resistance and Deportation!