At Breisach’s oldest house, the “Blaue Haus,” you can encounter local history up close: Conduct research, explore and discover, question and reflect, and then take a break in the historical inn or at the garden by the city wall. We look forward to meeting you and exchanging ideas with you. Welcome to the Blaue Haus!
Our tours, workshops and project days are oriented toward local and regional residents, as well as tourists – but especially children and teens.
We would be pleased to work with you to plan a tour, workshop and other activity dedicated to a specific theme.
School Groups, grades 3 – 12
In the former Jewish community house on Judengasse Street, children and teens can learn about local history and find connections between the past and the world in which they live today. Biographies of former Breisach residents offer vivid glimpses into life in this Christian-Jewish environment and the violent end of its Jewish communities. Meetings with descendants of local Jewish families can supplement the pupils’ experience, as they learn about the fates of Jewish people.
We tailor our workshops, project days and tours to each age group.
The development of the Memorial to the History of the Jews on the Upper Rhine was and is accompanied by projects that involve young people. This includes the summer camp in cooperation with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace; “Dances for the Blaue Haus” by Battery Dance Company and Drastic Action, New York; and the organization of programs to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, as well as the anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Baden to the Gurs concentration camp, on October 22. Many projects have led to long-term joint projects, such as the 2018 cooperation agreement with the Hugo-Höfler-Realschule in Breisach.
Projects may be arranged at any time. Contact us!
Our public tours take place on the second Sunday of every month at 4 pm, on the European Day of Jewish Culture in early September and on the Day of the Open Monument.
Further dates as part of the "city tours with pleasure", in cooperation with the Breisach tourism, can be found here.
Guided tours of the former Jewish community center, the Jewish quarter and the old and new Jewish cemetery can be booked together or separately, depending on the time or interest of a group. Contact us.
Projects in the Blaue Haus
Project work forms a basic component of our memorial and educational program. Memorable occasions, committed partners and input from various initiators have contributed to a long and diverse list of projects since 1999.
Since the Blaue Haus was purchased, Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ASF) has actively supported its restoration and caretaking by young adults within the framework of its summer camps.
Dancing against forgetting, dancing for tolerance. The dances for the Blaue Haus took place in Breisach and Freiburg in 2006, in cooperation with Battery Dance Company and Drastic Action, New York and their respective choreographers, Jonathan Hollander and Aviva Geismar.
Geneaological research and educational work in one? Why not! In March 2018, Bob Bahr (Rhode Island, USA) and his family visited Breisach. Pupils from the Hugo-Höfler-Realschule assisted actively in the family’s search for information about their immediate ancestors.
Pupils studying art at the Martin Schongauer Gymnasium gave life to memory: They made realistic drawings of former residents of Judengasse Street, and then photographed the drawings in front of the houses where these people had once lived.
On the 22nd International Holocaust Memorial Day – January 27, 2018 – students of the Hugo Höfler Secondary School and altar boys from the parish of St. Stephen joined in remembering the victims of the Holocaust.