The World of the East

Here you will find the working methods developed for The World of East and the film East. The tools are aimed at classroom discussion and research from a multi-perspective approach. They can be used in subjects such as history, CKV, (mbo) citizenship or project education and higher education.


The film De Oost is available on request for screening in schools and higher education via Movies that Matter. You can request the film here. For workshop requests and other questions, please send an e-mail to


The working methods are in line with THE STORIES on The World of the East. They give context to the events from De Oost from five different perspectives and cover a wider period than the film. In the Q&A you can read more about the film, the periodization and perspectives.


For some forms of work it is necessary to watch De Oost first, this is indicated for each form. The age limit for De Oost is 16+, DE VERHALEN can be used from the 3rd grade. You can also use DE VERHALEN to find suitable source material for your lesson. Do you want to search quickly for specific subjects? Then use the work form Glossary.



Moluccan community

© foto: Jikke Göbel van Tongeren




With Oral History, we record personal memories of eyewitnesses through interviews. These personal stories give colour to the past. Something I sometimes struggle to do with our objective sources at the depot. The stories tell the human side of history and touch us. In this Oral History project, the students of Lingecollege get to know the history of the Moluccan community in Tiel.


The project starts with an interview lesson at school by writer Ronald Giphart and an introduction to Moluccan history by Benji Sariwating of Buah Hati. Then the pupils go to the Regionaal Archief Rivierenland for a guided tour through the depot with various archive documents about the history of the Moluccans in Tiel. After the tour they interview in groups a Moluccan elder about his or her life. In the last step, the pupils choose between a writing workshop by Giphart or a workshop by Ninja Heevel, a professional teacher from Zinder, and make an article or illustration for a joint newspaper.

Veteran in the classroom

Schaarsbergen - De oefening Falcon Autumn is in volle hevigheid begonnen. Maandag is de air assault aanval op het oefendorp Marnehuizen door het 12e Infanterie bataljon luchtmobiel. Opweg naar de oefening, in de Chinook. foto: Evert-Jan Daniels

As part of the exhibition ‘The Red Beret’, about 25 years of the Airborne Brigade, the Veterans Institute and the Airborne Museum work together to link the past with the present.

In addition to the educational programmes ‘Suitcases full of stories’ and ‘Armband of Friendship’, schools can hear an Airborne Brigade veteran talk about his or her experiences during various missions in the museum. What do Dutch soldiers actually do and what do they experience?


For who?


Work format
Veteran in the classroom. Can only be booked in combination with one of the educational programmes.


60 minutes


Eyewitnesses tell



What was the occupation during the 1940s like for them? And after the liberation? An eyewitness tells the story.


For whom?
Group 7 and 8


Work format
An eyewitness tells his or her personal story about the Battle of Arnhem in the Airborne Museum or in the classroom. Telling eyewitnesses’ can only be booked in combination with the educational programme ‘Koffers vol verhalen’ (Boxes full of stories).


60 minutes


For whom?
First grade VMBO, HAVO and VWO


Work format
An eyewitness tells his or her personal story about the Battle of Arnhem in the Airborne Museum or in the classroom. Telling eyewitnesses’ can only be booked in combination with one of our educational programmes.


60 minutes


Suitcases with stories

The pupils first get an interactive introduction about the Battle of Arnhem and then they go on an independent investigation with their suitcase in the museum. After the pupils have learned the story of their suitcase, they share their findings with each other. At the end of the lesson a visit is made to the Airborne Experience in the basement.

The lesson Suitcases full of Stories links up perfectly with the canonical window The Second World War.


For whom?
Group 5, 6, 7 and 8


Work format
Independent work, starting and ending together


Two hours including a visit to the Airborne Experience in the basement.



For whom
First grade VMBO, HAVO, VWO (NL/EN/TTO). Special Education? Please contact us.


Work format
Independent work after a common introduction, with common closure.


Two hours, including visit Airborne Experience.

Specially Unknown


The source material from Ongekend Bijzonder, as presented on this website, can be used well in education. This is especially true for secondary education in subjects such as history and social studies.


On the basis of the book by Elias van der PlichtAchterlaten en opnieuw beginnen a timeline has been created of “400 years of refugees in the Netherlands”.


Besides using Ongekend Bijzonder material for history lessons, it can also be used for social studies lessons.

The source material of “Ongekend Bijzonder” covers various subjects that can be discussed as contemporary issues:


  • discrimination
  • exclusion
  • identity
  • integration
  • norms and values
  • prejudices


All these subjects can be illustrated with fragments from the life stories collected in Ongekend Bijzonder. Some of the fragments are arranged thematically.


Topics supported with interview excerpts are:



The Ongekend Bijzonder can thus be an inspiring source for history and social studies teachers.


Story of my flight


Pupils who are on the edge of their seats. Who realise that not everything is what it seems. And who understand that refugees often have to make very difficult choices.

This is what Verhaal van mijn vlucht offers. 


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Young at war

In the video series Young at War, eyewitnesses talk about their childhood in the Second World War. The videos are arranged by theme and last about 10 minutes. In cooperation with Schooltv, they have been specially developed for use in the classroom. There are now 24 videos on various subjects.

View on freedom

Educative guide compiled by: Jan Durk Tuinier, Peace Education Foundation
Teaching material for group 7 and 8 of primary school, secondary schools and MBO’s


The teacher’s guide can be downloaded as pdf here

With the educational programme ‘Blik op Vrijheid’, pupils empathise with the stories of the main characters. How does it feel as a little boy to find your city destroyed and have to go into hiding in another city? And how does it affect you when you have to report to the police in a new country as a refugee? What actually happened in Hungary in 1956, and were exiles from Chile in the 1970s? These and many other questions pupils get to work with after seeing the six film portraits of Teun Jordaan (1940), Otto Szauer (1956), Benito Sanchez and Coty Salazar (1976), Ziba Nilian (1994), Abdel Tarakji (2012) and Sham Hassan (2016). The viewing guide, accompanying questions and other creative work formats are described in the first part of the educational manual

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The Lessons of Dolle Mina

For the teacher, each teaching package includes background information on the topic, a manual and an answer sheet. A knowledge clip and a teaching package can be used for a lesson of about 50 minutes. The four knowledge clips and accompanying teaching packages each have their own theme: