Hilde Kramer and Sebastian Klein 2020 - 2023

This project explores new methods in teaching and relating Holocaust education to prevent racism and antisemitism among young people. It transposes the workshop-based methodology developed in a pilot project in Łódź, Poland. The new project treats the fate of Norwegian Jews deported from Trondheim in 1942. The exploration of drawing as a tool for learning will continue in this branch of the project. When a site-specific methodology is used in a new place; how does that affect the culture-semiotic aspects? Furthering the research by prof. Hilde Kramer and the use of tactility and illustration in investigating the history of the Ghetto in Lodz, Poland, Sebastian Kein has investigated how learning methods of tactility and illustration could be transposed and developed within the context of with similar, but still distinctly different histories relating to the arrest and deportation of Norwegians Jews from central Norway in the period of 1941-45.

Inspired by the work of Canadian researcher and teacher Peter Liljedahl, and his “thinking classroom” Klein studies how the various methods of the project create and uphold engagement with the participating learners.

In relation to Holocaust education, the recommendations for teaching and learning about the Holocaust” (2019) produced by the IHRA (International holocaust remembrance alliance) has, among many salient arguments for teaching about the Holocaust, listed the following:

“Teaching and learning about the Holocaust is an opportunity to unpack and analyze the decisions and actions taken (or not taken) by a range of people in an emerging time of crisis.”

Commemoration illustrations made during workshops in Norway and Poland 2016-2022