"learning (from) the Nazi era" - Roundtable with Educators from .SIAK

22.11.2017

From 20 to 22 November 2017, a roundtable with educators from .SIAK took place at the Mauthausen Memorial and the Hartheim Castle Memorial Site.

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.SIAK is the central education and training centre for employees of the Interior Ministry. Alongside carrying out basic training for police and civil servants, it is also responsible for delivering professional development and further training.

The roundtable focused on the basic training for police recruits, which includes education about the National Socialist era. Around 1,500 police recruits visit the Mauthausen Memorial and Hartheim Castle Memorial Site every year as part of their basic training. The conference therefore looked at preparation for visits to the memorial sites and what themes education work at the memorials should focus on with trainee police officers.

For .SIAK, it is important to give its trainees strategies for joined-up and comprehensive thinking. Representatives from .SIAK training centres and staff from the Hartheim Castle Memorial Site and Mauthausen Memorial have therefore formed the cooperation project "learning (from) the Nazi era" to develop educational formats and methods which will support trainee police officers in engaging critically with the history of National Socialism before, during and after their visit to the memorial sites.