Welcome to the Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education website.
Our project brings together researchers, visual artists, Holocaust survivors, librarians, and students in order to create free educational resources. Artists work directly with survivors to co-create graphic novels based on their personal experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust with the help of historians and students.
Our primary goals are to:
- Provide open educational materials online and in print through graphic novels;
- Develop pedagogical tools for educators around the world teaching the Holocaust;
- Encourage further research by creating audio-visual interviews to enrich the archival collections of partner institutions.
Our international collaboration is made possible by a three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant and is based at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The project lead is Dr. Charlotte Schallié in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. See our full team here.
Our project will supplement and expand current educational materials providing new digital-interactive capabilities for the use of Holocaust-themed graphic novels. All graphic narratives as well as all teaching materials will be made digitally available on an open-source educational platform.
Our goal is to develop a new dialogical-reflective pedagogy in Holocaust and Human Rights education fostering broad and deep collaborations and intercultural exchange between researchers, visual artists, Holocaust survivors, librarians, students, and community members in Canada, Germany, Holland, Israel, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In addition, all partner institutions (Anne Frank House; Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre; Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Centre for Holocaust Studies in Munich; Centre for Research on Antisemitism in Berlin) will broadly disseminate our jointly-developed teaching resources.
The audio-visual testimonies that we collect will permanently enrich the collections of our partner institutions and encourage further research.
All inquiries should be directed towards Dr. Charlotte Schallié