Perpetrator Studies Network


Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz Gedenk-und Bildungsstätte

Located at the site of the notorious Wannsee Conference of 20 January 1942, the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site focuses on the conference and its significance for the process of planning the genocide of European Jews.

The villa, a former guest house of the SS Security Service (SD) is a site of perpetrators. For this reason, several theme-based rooms focus on a number of perpetrator groups, including the Ordnungspolizei (uniformed police) and Wehrmacht, as well as the civil administration in the occupied territories. Issues such as collaboration and bystandership are also addressed.

The memorial and educational site offers youth groups and school classes a number of possibilities for studying the persecution and murder of European Jews and the history of National Socialism, its prehistory and consequences. They can explore the permanent exhibition with the help of a specialist guide or by working in small groups supervised by staff members. Study days provide the option of choosing specific subjects to work on under expert instructions. Vocationally oriented study days and several-day seminars are offered to adults engaged in political education or vocational training, instructors and teachers. The house also offers trainee teachers and school teaching staff seminars on memorial education and its use in teaching various subjects.

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