KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau

Remember and Commemorate

With a new concept, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial is setting a political example for diversity and – on the 75th anniversary of the liberation – is taking an important step towards inclusion. People with disabilities, who until 1945 were also among those who experienced immeasurable suffering at this site, can now explore the grounds independently and autonomously with the help of specially designed media.

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The centerpiece of our work in Dachau is a new tactile model, made of metal, that provides an overview of the memorial site today and the extent of the concentration camp grounds in 1945. The advantage of this model, which is equally accessible to all people, is not only a lockable folding mechanism, which protects the structure even in outdoor spaces, but also a colored representation of the buildings, which makes it easy for visually challenged people to recognize. Accompanying information is provided by a tactile medium that can be carried along on the tour.

With audio descriptions, Braille, tactile profile writing and texts in contrasts for the visually challenged in German and English, it makes the intangible comprehensible during a visit to the memorial. The project, the only one of its kind in Germany, was preceded by an elaborate struggle to find the best solution. Many participants in the jury, including representatives of the Comité International de Dachau, gave weight to the decision in favor of the inkl-Concept.

Photo of the two installed tactile models in front of the entrance to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

Tactile Displays

Foto eines Tastmodells mit Übersicht der heutigen Gedenkstätte einschließlich taktiler Beschriftungen in Braille und Profilschrift
Detailfoto eines Tastmodells mit sich im Vordergrund befindlichen Wachtürmen des KZ
Detail photo of a tactile model with guard towers of the concentration camp in the foreground
Detail photo of a tactile model with representation of various building complexes of the former concentration camp
Two images in which the 1945 and "today" models are seen together

Renderings

Detail photo of a tactile plan with representation of a transparent tactile foil for path guidance
A rendering of the tactile model in the outdoor space

Accompanying Media

Photo of the mobile tactile maps with detailed information about the concentration camp memorial site
Detail photo of the mobile tactile plans with the tab "Introduction", "Today", "1945" and "Legend".
Zwei Detailfotos eines Tastplanes zur Darstellung von Textseiten mit Braille- und Großschrift sowie eines farbigen taktilen Lageplanes
Detail photo of a tactile plan with representation of a transparent tactile foil for path guidance

Inclusion in Detail

Photo of a wheelchair user and a blind woman at one of the tactile models
Two photos of a blind woman at the inauguration of the tactile models
Group photo of blind people at the inauguration of the tactile models
Two photos of members of the Bavarian Federation for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Group photo with 5 representatives of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial and Holger Kiesel, representative of the Bavarian State Government for the interests of people with disabilities.
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Project Details

Client: Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten, KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau

Project Period: 2018 – 2020

Project scope: Didactic concept for the implementation of the mediation goals for blind and visually challenged people, material and production research for the production of robust tactile models, conception and implementation of a lockable model carrier, planning and implementation of the tactile displays including product design and 3D data creation, graphic design of accompanying media with tactile detail illustrations in German and English, organization and implementation of focus group work, creation of extensive audio description texts for blind-friendly image description, production of audio files, production supervision and monitoring.