School groups

School groups

the Memorial offers several possibilities of tour for school groups

Since 2005, the Memorial had 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, particularly between 1940 and 1945, the tour visit shows 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, hard labour, full-scale war and liberation…all these themes are shown with the help of posters, photos, documents, films and scenery. Other themes related to citizenship, such as diversity, otherness and racism are also addressed. This difficult history of Alsace-Moselle lead eventually to peace and European construction, this is why the tour ends in a 400m² space dedicated to European reconciliation and construction.

As a group, you can visit the memorial by your-self, or you can rent an audio-guide for 3€ or download our smartphone application for free. 

You can also ask for a guided tour in English. The guided tour costs 70€ per guide, for a group between 15 and 35 persons. If you are more than 35 persons in a group, you will have to ask for 2 guides.  Please, check the possibilities bellow

The tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and the group can explore the museum at its own leisure after the guided tour. 

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”)

Duration: 90 minutes

Throug this guided tour, the children will discover the history of Alsace-Moselle through the life of Jean, 8 years old. The little Alsatian boy has seen his life torn upside down by the war. 

As a complement to the visit, you may also book a educational workshop. It lasts approx. 75 minutes and takes place in a dedicated room. Our workshops help the students to sharpen their reflection and to deal with some point of the visit in depth. 

ONLY AVAILABLE IN FRENCH.

Educational workshops

This workshops addresses school during the annexation of Alsace and Moselle. During the annexation, Nazis tried to germanize the inhabitants of Alsace and Moselle. Schools and organisations for youth were ways to imposed Nazi ideology on local population. In small groups, with the help pf school book, iconographic archives and original testimonies, the children will understand the role of the educational system in a totalitarian regime.

Duration : approx. 75 minutes. 50€ for a group of 30 students or less. ONLY AVAILABLE IN FRENCH

In thisworkshop, the children will play a board game where they will have to answer questions about the visit, and more generally about European history and geography, citizenship, etc… This is a game where the children will have to cooperate and play in teams.

Duration : approx. 75 minutes. 50€ for a group of 30 students or less. ONLY AVAILABLE IN FRENCH. 

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 1-½ hours, costs 70 € for a group with between 15 and 35 persons. Beyond 35 persons, 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. ONLY IN FRENCH.

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!