Matthias Heyl

Februar 14th, 2013

I am a historian and  educator. Born in 1965 in Hamburg, Germany, I studied History (major), Education and Psychology (minors) at Hamburg University. In 1992 I finished my M.A. with a thesis on the history of the Jewish community in my hometown with a special focus on the period between 1933 and 1945. In 1996 I finished my dissertation, a comparative study on the development of »Holocaust Education« in West-Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and the US, as a Dr. phil. From  1998 to 2002 I was director of the »Study Center for Holocaust Education« in Hamburg. Since 2002 I am head of the educational services of Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück | Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten. I have co-edited and  authored several »publications in the field of Holocaust Education and Research, some even in »English language. My private website can be found at

Starting Now

Februar 14th, 2013

The Veterans of Memory Blog invites you now to join the club!

This forum

Februar 14th, 2013

This forum shall be open to all those, who are dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath, in educational projects and programs, or as scholars in different other fields. Sometimes we do that for years, or even decades, starting as students, and devoting a large part of our lives to this subject.

Why are we doing, what we are doing? How do we cope with the »toxic dimension« of this subject? How do we implement it into our lives? How do we deal with the risks of a »secondary traumatization«? What kind of generational specifics do we meet in our dealing with this past? How has our way of dealing with this subject changed, within the years, and how did we chance?

Such issues should be dealt with, in this forum. It sounds like a »Veterans of Memory Anonymous«-group… And a safe space is needed,to reflect on these kinds of issues. Here is this space.

This forum is open to the public, but you need to be member, to participate, actively. The members will decide, who will be able to attend, and who not.

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