Training course for guides 2015 (photo credits: Mauthausen MemoriaI)
At the Mauthausen Memorial visitors encounter a history of extreme violence, violence motivated by ideology, anti-Semitism and racism. Dealing with National Socialism and its crimes is an essential element of historical-political education. Therefore educators at the Mauthausen Memorial have a very important task to fulfill, especially when they guide young people to key locations.
The Mauthausen Memorial – in cooperation with _erinnern.at_ (Holocaust Education Institute of the Austrian Ministry of Education) – has so far trained about 150 educators who work as freelancers. Five training courses have taken place since 2009. They each ran over the course of about half a year and were made up of eight training modules on historical and pedagogical topics.
Educators accompany visitor groups, especially school groups, on guided tours and hold workshops for them. Based on a the multi-perspective narration of the history of the Mauthausen concentration camp, guided tours and workshops aim to enable interaction within the group and reflection relating to one´s self and the present.
In 2022, the Mauthausen Memorial reorganised educational work. Training courses for new educators will take place at irregular intervals in the future. Courses will be announced via our website, social media and media reports.
Alternative civilian service (Zivildienst)
In 1984 the Mauthausen Memorial was officially recognised as an institution offering places for alternative civilian service (Zivildienst). Since then it has been offering Austrian citizens of military service age the option to carry out their civilian service at this institution of the Republic of Austria and, over the years, several hundred young men have taken advantage of this opportunity. Civilian service can be carried out at the Mauthausen Memorial or in the Archive of the Mauthausen Memorial in Vienna.