Final Conference: Remembrance Education for Thinking Critically

Giulia Verdini Opportunities

The three-day conference is part of the RETHINK project and will discuss the meaning of Remembrance Education and how to bring it to the classroom.

As the aim of the project is to support inclusive education by shedding light on the historical significance of polarised identities and providing educators with tools to combat intolerance and challenge prejudices, with this final conference we want to promote the project results towards educational institutions and other learning providers, policymakers and stakeholders at European level.


Dates and sessions’ content:

2 March 2021 (10AM-1PM CET)

  • What is Rethink? (Clément Bardoux, France Education International – Coordinator Rethink Project)
  • Presentation of the Rethink database (Morgane Knepper – Mémorial de la Shoah)
  • Launch of the Rethink Network (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)
  • Never Again is Now Again: Historical Persistence of Collective Violence and Critical Thinking in Remembrance Education (Nena Močnik – PhD)


3 March 2021 (4PM-6PM CET)

  • Connecting to session 1 (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)
  • The case of bringing Remembrance Education to the class room (Wouter Sinaeve)
  • Presentation Rethink Teachers’ Guide and E-learning platform (Alice Modena – EuroClio, Alessia Valenti – CESIE)


4 March 2021 (10AM-1PM CET)

  • Connecting to session 2 (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)
  • Introduction of the panel: Remembrance education in practice: Voices from different fields (Alice Modena & Catherine Savitsky – EuroClio)
  • How can we present a difficult past in a way that it is meaningful today? (Prof. Dariusz Stola)
  • How to bring Theory into Practice? (Maarten Van Alstein – PhD)
  • Remembrance education – The role of public authorities (Jean-Philippe Restoueix)
  • Presentation of Rethink’s policy recommendations (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)

More information

For additional information on the project and more details about the conference, visit RETHINK's website.

Learning from the Holocaust: A Teachers’ Guide on Visiting a Concentration Camp

Ever thought of organizing a student excursion to a former concentration camp, but don't know how to approach it? Many teachers feel underqualified to address sensitive and heavy topics like the Holocaust, and without the right resources, may choose to avoid the topic altogether. What questions do you ask your students before the visit? What kind of reflection do you prompt on arrival? What are the main thoughts students should take away from such an experience?

Thankfully, Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI) have compiled a useful set of guidelines for educational visits to former concentration camps, with materials that include:

  • terms and key concepts
  • reflection questions
  • research inquiry questions
  • preparation and post-visit discussion points

Learning from the Holocaust: Visiting Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau

Learning from the Holocaust: Leaving Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sign up to pilot our new eLearning platform on remembrance education!

This summer, the RETHINK team (Remembrance Education for THINKing Critically) will launch its eLearning Platform. We are looking for 20 members of our network who would like to pilot modules of the platform before its official launch. The eLearning Platform is designed as a professional development opportunity for teachers and educators, so there is no need to pilot it with students.

The structure of the eLearning platform

The eLearning platform consists of 8 different modules, and each pilot volunteer is asked to try out a minimum of two modules (but you can try more if you like!).

Modules and Time Lengths:

1. Making the past relevant for today - 50 min

2. Applying multiperspectivity to remembrance education - 50 min

3. Methodologies and approaches (this section is divided in modules 3A, 3B, 3C)

3A. Preparation for a visit to a remembrance site - 60 – 90 min

3B. Teaching with video testimonies of victims of national socialism - 50-90 min

3C. Making the most of digital archives in class - 35 min

4. Challenging exclusion: thinking critically (this section is divided in modules 4A, 4B, and 4C)

4A. Dealing with hate speech - 50 min

4B. Addressing propaganda today - 100 min

4C. Prejudices & stereotyping: in everyday life and throughout history - 30 min

There is a maximum number of slots per module, and we will operate on a first come, first served basis, so signing up for a module in a timely manner is essential.

How will the piloting work?

We will arrange short (15-20 minutes) Skypes in early June with pilot volunteers to present the RETHINK project and partnership, in order to provide context for the eLearning platform. The piloting will then take place in the second half of June, and pilot volunteers will receive a short feedback form to fill in with their thoughts on the experience.

To collect further qualitative feedback, we will also plan short online focus groups with pilot volunteers who tried out the same modules. These will take place in July, and participation to them will be optional. It will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues from all across Europe, and to let us know what you thought of the modules you tried out.


Both the pre-piloting conversation and the post-piloting focus groups will be hosted by Alice Modena and Catherine Savitsky. If you are interested, please reach out to Alice Modena at