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ITS enters into long-term partnership with the Christian-Rauch School in Bad Arolsen

Today, the International Tracing Service (ITS) entered into a partnership with the Christian-Rauch School in Bad Arolsen. A long-term partnership is planned starting from the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year comprising regular visits to the archives, smaller individual projects and even courses on selected topics. Jean-Luc Blondel, the Director of the ITS, and Dr. Matthias Bohn, the school's Deputy Headteacher have supported the partnership and both agree that the ITS' documents represent an invaluable source of information for lessons held both inside and outside of the school. “With the help of these documents, pupils can gain a better understanding of the structures of Nazi persecution, but also of the fates of individuals during such persecution as well as after their liberation,” Blondel says.

In future, pupils in year 9 will receive a tour through the archives of the ITS focusing on a specific topic. Here, both the curriculum in Hesse and the school's own learning objectives will be considered. “We want to make the pupils aware of history and of the ITS from an early age”, explains Annette Marterer, the teacher responsible for the partnership at the school.

As part of the school's annual project week, the pupils will focus on individual topics, which will change from year to year. Topics such as deportations as a reflection of the National Socialist policies of forcible displacement and extermination, or the Holocaust, the mass murder of Sinti and Roma people, extensive forced labour with a regional emphasis, the death marches or the paths of displaced persons are offered. “As an educational facility outside of the school, the ITS provides access to authentic materials. An introduction to academic research methods and to the history of the immediate area during the National Socialist period can be provided here“, Marterer says.

The Christian-Rauch School is the first school in the region to formally enter into a long-term partnership with the ITS in the area of education. The ITS presented its strategy for educational work last year. As well as projects in schools, this includes seminars at universities, workshops and lectures and it focuses on three central elements: the biographies of victims of Nazi persecution, the alternatives that were open to perpetrators and bystanders and the deeds of helpers and rescuers as a model for civil courage. “The connection between this difficult topic and the fates of human lives is of great significance for education,” as Dr. Susanne Urban, the head of the research department at the ITS, states. ”Here pupils learn to relate to a period of history which is ever further in the past and to take responsibility for their fellow human beings in the present.”