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.

Philip Spiers: "As far as I know... My Father"

Interview with the son of Horst Spies from Biblis, who was a pupil at the Jewish district school in Worms from 1935 on. Horst Spies was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1938 at the age of 16 and fled to England after his release. What did he tell about Worms, the synagogue, the 1938 pogrom? How did he continue his life? How did he experience the post-war period - and what connects his son, Philip Spiers, with Worms today? In about 30 minutes Philip Spiers reports on the passing of memory and leaves us with a task for the future.

Exhibition on loan “Wine and Jewish Culture”

Since 2017 you have the opportunity to loan the exhibition o “Wine and Jewish Culture”, curated by the ShUM-Cities Association. The exhibition is only in German. If you think about an English version, then the whole exhibition has to be created anew on the loaners expenses.

  • You get more information on the German version here: DOWNLOAD
  • and an example of one of the 12 Roll-Ups: DOWNLOAD