Deadly forced labor in Karya

Can Germany and Greece come to terms with the little-known history of forced labor under the Nazis in occupied Greece? Using innovative and participatory forms of history education and bi-national encounters, projects can strengthen mutual understanding and thus European values.

A multi-perspective traveling exhibition is being developed based on previously unpublished photos of the forced labor of Jewish men on the railroad line in Karya. In cooperation with students from Germany and Greece, the Interdisciplinary Work Group Conflict Landscapes at Osnabrück University will geoarchaeologically investigate the site for mass graves and traces of forced labor and will develop a high-quality and visually appealing 3-D model that renders the crime scene tangible. The results of encounters with historical eyewitnesses and workshops with descendants of survivors are incorporated into the German-Greek project in a participatory approach.

During the course of the exhibition, which will be shown in Germany and Greece in 2024, interested parties from the general public will be invited to participate in discussions with experts and the broader audience. Students and school students in particular, as well as people that do not visit historical exhibitions and disseminators in memory work, are reached via a website, social media, workshops and learning modules.

Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre
The Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Centre is an institution of the Topography of Terror Foundation. The memorial site uses permanent exhibitions and educational programs on forced labor under National Socialism to impart the everyday nature of the forced labor of more than 26 million people in the German Reich and the European occupied territories. The aim is to promote a critical examination of a history that still influences relations between Germany and the other countries affected, such as Greece.

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Cooperation partners:

Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit
Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas
Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Konfliktlandschaften der Universität Osnabrück
Jüdisches Museum Griechenlands in Athen

Funding countries: Germany, Greece
Duration: 1.11.2022 until 31.12.2024


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