ShUM today: learning and discussion
Educational offers that places the heritage of the ShUM-cities in an epoch-spanning context on Jewish religion, teachings, and history, will be developed in parallel to the UNESCO-World Heritage application.
Experts from Jewish Museums and educational centers will prepare innovative and modern concepts together with the ShUM-cities Association.
Curiosity about this era, which for today’s generations is a long time ago, must be kindled. Instead of simply reproducing facts, the essential cornerstones must focus on actively acquiring knowledge, on multi-perspective access, interdisciplinary qualities as well as unobstructed access to sources and information. Here, adequate support of the various learning groups should be at the center of this:
From primary school through all the different school forms on up to adult education. We align ourselves, among others, on the recommendation of the Leo Baeck Institute: »German-Jewish History in the Classroom. A guideline for schools and adult education«, 2nd edition 2011.
The following guiding principle is also ours:
»In the end, the argument for more German-Jewish history is not only about a change of perspective, it is also about the fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia in schools. Thus it is also about educating, because a lack of information on the one hand paired with caricatures, intolerance, and aggression on the other are related, as we know from experience. It is important to recognize the significant contribution that the Jewish history makes to German history, and the distinction of Jewish culture in our cultural heritage. Recognizing this is an important pre-requisite for mutual understanding, respect, and tolerance.«
The claim of the UNESCO, to intertwine the past with the present, is also the goal of these efforts
Then and now, here and there, past and present.
ShUM: this is not dusty stones and old documents. ShUM was modern, ShUM is a place of history and present-day, worthy of discovery.
Educational materials and pedagogical handouts will be available for download from this website in the future.
Exhibition on loan “Wine and Jewish Culture”
From March 2017 you have the opportunity to get an exhibition on loan on “Wine and Jewish Culture”, curated by the ShUM-Cities Association. The exhibition exists only in German. If you think about an English version, then the whole exhibition has to be created anew on the loaners expenses.