The aim of the daylong training was not only to raise awareness of connections between history and human rights matters, anti-Semitism, and antiziganism, but also to promote intensive debate among the multinational audience regarding the variety and meaning(s) of “cultures of remembrance” in Europe. The training program made use of contemporary documents, eyewitness accounts, and photographs to open space for reflection and prompt a discussion that would bring in the participants’ own present-day scope for action against the backdrop of historical examples.
At the heart of this process, therefore, lies the recognition of the choices open to an individual within an institution. This recognition encompasses the sometimes-invisible influence that officials may have, as well as the dangers represented by an abuse of power and potential approaches to, and early recognition of, undemocratic (i.e. undesirable) developments in the EU and its neighboring states.
After an extensive evaluation of the first trainings, an "e-education” program was developed to function as a building block for the historical-political education of members of the EU Commission. The module made use of the “Learning from History” web portal, developed by the Agentur für Bildung. Especially relevant to the domain of genocide and mass atrocity prevention, the English-language section of the program’s resources has included an online module entitled The Holocaust and Fundamental Rights: Case studies for reflections on the work of officials since September 2014. The introductory section and various subsequent chapters offer the opportunity for individual continuing education and are also useful for preparing and implementing further seminars.