The seminar can be booked in combination with a guided tour of the memorial’s permanent exhibition. The educational material is also available as a download and can be used freely under the CC BY NC ND licence.
The material is suitable for students of grade 10 and higher. Students who participate should have a basic grasp of Nazi history.
The seminar begins with students creating a family tree for the Chotzen family and reconstructing the biographies of each family member. Afterwards, the students break down into six working groups to address different topics:
- “Race law” and its impact
- Exclusion from the economy and forced labour
- Reactions to the persecution and threat of deportation
- Deportation to Riga
- Deportation to Theresienstadt
- Deportation to Auschwitz and the post-war period
They do this by working with documents from the family’s estate and archives. Students then compile and discuss their findings. This creates an overall picture of the family history during the Nazi persecution.
Further information on the Chotzen family history can be found in Barbara Schieb: Nachricht von Chotzen „Wer immer hofft, stirbt singend“, Berlin 2000 and Gorch Pieken: Das Haushaltsbuch der Elsa Chotzen. Schicksal einer jüdischen Familie in Berlin 1937-1946, Berlin 2008. Both publications are available in the memorial’s library.