Museum of Roma Holocaust - Organizing Educational Activity and Exhibition on the topic of the Roma Holocaust

Type of tool: 
90-120 min
Topics addressed: 

The Museum of Roma Holocaust is an interactive workshop with holistic learning objectives inspired by the example of „Night of Museums” events, and invites participants to get to know facts about and present implications of the Roma Holocaust.


Depending on the lenght of the time provided at the Toolfair we can host a group cc. 16 participants, ideally 4 small groups of 4 participants in each group. (Min.-max: 9-20)


Objectives - first of all, to provide a psychologically safe and motivating space for young people to explore the topic of the Roma holocaust - to raise awareness and provide comprehensive information about the Roma holocaust in all relevant aspects - to shape participants’ attitudes towards the topic in a sensitive and raise the level of responsible thinking about relevant challenges today - to develop participants’ skills so that they are able to transfer their knowledge about the Roma holocaust and to take action against Antigypsism and discrimination nowadays - to promote human rights aspects of remembrance, and of the Roma holocaust in particular - to encourage peer learning and to promote the need for mutual understanding and support in a group.

Step by step process: 

The full method consists of 10 sites that can be visited by the participants, presenting various resources of Roma Holocaust: 1. Poetry 2. Music 3. Art 4. Memorials 5. Facts about daily survival in camps 6. Geography 7. Commemoration and action 8. Monuments and memorials 9 Testimonies of survivors 10. Documents All sites include: 1. An interactive task 2. Information 3. Questions to encourage discussion between visitors 4. Output The Museum is: Holistic and process oriented: It aims to develop competences of participants including skills, knowledge and attitudes. It is sensory as it tries to give a diversity of stimuli (music, visuals, space, etc.). It process oriented as the focus of participation is not solely on the knowledge to be conveyed but on the process that visitors go through. Participant centered: It should be based on the needs of visitors, and take their current level of understanding of the topic into consideration. Activities are supported by guides and try to involve all visitors actively depending on their interest and motivation. Peer learning: The museum is to be visited in small groups of 3-4 participants. Activities encourage discussion in between participants, especially Roma and Non-Roma, thus enhancing mutual learning process and developing trust and deeper understanding in a safe environment. Accessible: Ideally it is accessible for everyone, including young people with fewer opportunities. Voluntary: Participants are free to visit it in their own pace, as long as they wish and decide about in which order to visit the sites. Also, task are not obligatory. Structured and planned: It has clearly defined educational aims and objectives, and is organized through a detailed preparation process by a team of experts, activists and volunteers. Interactive: It includes a number of tasks and built on participatory methods. At Toolfair, it is possible to shorten the activity to 90 minutes: 60 minutes: testing 3-5 sites out of the 10 30 minutes: summary, explanation, feedback, possibilities to adapt, evaluation,

Materials and resources: 

In a short simulation of the activity I would only offer 4 stations of the museum: General: flipchart, markers, printing in advance cc 20 pages (the guide for participants) Rooms: possibly not only one room, maybe one bigger and one small room at least? 1. Testimonies (film screening): projector and laptop, speakers, a few written testimonies printed in advance - possibly in a small room or a space separated as a small cinema with chairs 2. Compiling a photo album of Roma Holocaust: desk, chairs, an empty black album, laptop, internet, and a printer with scanner, 2-3 scissorrs, glue, 2-3 pens, markers (+ books, pictures, materials I can provide) 3. Remembrance today - how to take action in youth work: possibly a laptop, something to exhibit pictures on, 2 desks 4. Music and Remembrance: 2-3 devices to play music (mp3) on with headphones, lyrics to be printed in advance


During the evaluation we will discuss the non-formal methodology behind the method, and talk about possible ways to adapt it to other situations or topics. Beside learning about the issue participants can reflect on how they can use it in their work with Roma or other communities and young people specifically.


Limits: - the full method normally takes 2-3 hours, in this case it is only a short version - the space has to be carefully prepared and can highly influence the atmosphere - certain level of intimacy is required Possibilities: - at the moment we re working on a short publication about the method which can be presented at Toolfair is finished in time

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