The extent to which Europe has come to terms with forced labour under National Socialism still varies regionally. Moreover, in Germany and in other countries occupied by the National Socialist regime, there are still groups of victims of National Socialist injustice who have not received an appropriate place in the respective memory culture. These are frequently described in Germany as the “forgotten victims” (Vergessene Opfer) of National Socialism. With this program, we support projects that pursue a multi-perspectival approach and therein contribute to the development of a common understanding of history in Europe.
We are pleased to announce our Seminar “Local Perspectives on Difficult Histories: An Open Exchange for Best Practices in Memory Work.”
November 26-29, 2019 Lublin, Poland
The Seminar will be organized and carried out by the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre from Lublin, Poland in cooperation and with funding from the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.
The Seminar seeks to bring people together from NGOs and groups that focus on victims of National Socialism, including Jews, Roma and Sinti, forced labourers, disabled people, homosexuals and prisoners of war. The purpose of the gathering is to learn from one another, find opportunities for cooperation and set up networks in the field of memory work. The Seminar in Lublin will give the participants an extraordinary opportunity to delve into varied ways of realizing memory projects, which are strongly connected with local history.
The Seminar will take place in the Grodzka Gate, which for centuries was a passageway between the Jewish and Christian parts of Lublin, and since the 1990s has been the seat of the “Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre” Centre, an institution whose core mission is the remembrance of the Jews in Lublin. Under the umbrella, “Memory-Place-Presence,” the Centre engages in many activities in the fields of art, iconography, education, oral history, documentation and new media.
What is offered:
Applications will be accepted until: October 1st, 2019
For more information: www.seminarevz2019.teatrnn.pl
We look forward to meeting you in Lublin!
An external evaluation conducted by Mainlevel Consulting AG analyzed the success and impact of the funding program “Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims” and the therein-funded projects. It found that, between 2014 and 2019, the funded projects realized the program goals in a collection of highly differentiated formats, including (online) exhibitions and movies, art installations and graphic novels, websites, exchange programs and meetup projects, as well as workshops and thematic city tours. The projects occurred in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Croatia, France, Finland and Norway.
The Vajswerk Research Theatre in Berlin created a multi-perspectival Theatre performance about the approx. 130.000 forced laborers deported to occupied northern Norway. BLODVEGER (Blood Roads) tells the story of their lives, explored through the work of historians from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Russia and Serbia, from multiple perspectives. BLODVEGER narrates the lives of these victims of the Nazi injustices, forced to build roads and railways in the far north. The performance was shown in Berlin and Narvik, parts in Skinnskatteberg, Belgrad, and Arkhangesk.
To the project website here.
To the online Archive of the project here.
This travelling exhibit by the Association of Friends and Sponsors for Antisemitic Research e.V. explores the persecution and murder of people deemed to have mental or physical disabilities, especially children, women and Jewish doctors. The exhibit focuses on the North Caucasus region, and was realized in cooperation with the “Felitzyn” State Archeological and Historical Museum Krasnodar in Krasnodar, Russia. This collaboration showed materials from archives to the public for the first time. The encounter with this history occurs in four parts, starting from an inquiry into race theory and ending with a memorial to the victims.
To the association’s website.
A travel exhibition by the Museums of the City Nuremberg that explores, for the first time with an eye to public acknowledgment, the history of forced labour on the Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg. The focus is on Soviet prisoners of war, Italian military internees and Polish forced labourers, all deported to camps around the Party Rally Grounds. After the last Party Rally in 1938 the grounds were quickly repurposed, with camps quickly being created to intern and imprison those selected for forced labour. The exhibition makes clear that the deported worked in companies in and around Nuremberg, under the eyes of the local population.
In this project by “Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past”, in Zagreb, the history of Italian concentrations camps in Kampor and Slana will be researched to create a digital database. A travelling exhibition, based on that research, will be presented in three cities in the area. For the focus on the concentration camp in Kampor an App for Smartphones will be created to allow digital education access to the researched information. Within the scope of the project, an educational trip will be led through Italy, Slovakia and Croatia, while summer camps will be organized around the topic on the Croatian islands of Rab, Pag, and Goli otok.
To the website.