West Prussia is a historical region in present-day northern Poland. The region fell to Prussia as a result of the first partition of Poland-Lithuania in 1772 and received its name from the province of the same name formed by Frederick II in 1775, which also included parts of the historical landscapes of Greater Poland, Pomerania, Pomesania and Kulmerland. The Prussian province lasted in changing borders until the early 20th century. After World War I, parts fell to the Second Polish Republic, founded in 1918. The largest cities in West Prussia include Gdansk (Polish: Gdańsk, today Pomeranian Voivodeship), Elbląg (Polish: Elbląg, today Warmia-Masuria Voivodeship), and Thorn (Polish: Toruń, today Kujawsko-Pomeranian Voivodeship).
Where from and where to? Stories of Migration, past and present, at the state museum. The Westpreußisches Landesmuseum (West Prussian State Museum) offers extracurricular museum education for young adults. The program is aimed at young people who, through the example of West Prussia, can learn about the many-faceted dimensions of flight and expulsion.
With the help of the museum's educational program "Where from and Where to", students learn, through the example of
, about the causes, processes and consequences of forced migration, and are able to transfer their findings to the current refugee situation.
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The program promotes a reflective awareness of history by encouraging the students to come to grips with the past, both on a personal level and with a critical eye, and to make their own judgments. In transferring this knowledge to the present, they are also supported in drawing conclusions about their own experiences (at school, in their neighborhoods, and among their circles of friends). At the museum, students come into direct contact with original artefacts that make the topic of migration, quite literally, a tangible experience. In this way, the museum space becomes an extracurricular learning space.
The content of the program has been adapted to the core teaching curriculum of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Methodologically, the program addresses key technical, methodological, ethical, and practical decision-making competencies desired by teachers.
Target group: Secondary levels I and II (grades 9 to 13), subjects: history, religion/ethics, philosophy, politics.