Documentary: 25 Years of Workcamps (Wöbbelin near Schwerin)
Description: The memorial in Wöbbelin commemorates the former satellite camp of Neuengamme concentration camp. It was established at the end of World War II and had only existed for ten weeks. Nevertheless, more than 1,000 prisoners of the approximately 5,000 concentration camp prisoners from 25 different countries died from starvation, diseases and the consequences of abuse. On 2 May 1945, the camp was liberated by the U.S. army. This year the 25th international Workcamp takes place. The camp is supported by the Association for Memorials in the District Ludwigslust-Parchim and the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation and the Regional center for political education Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Type of Work: Multimedia workshop to make a documentary film about the 25 years of international workcamps in Wöbbelin, led by a professional media educator; maintenance work on the camp’s former grounds and at the memorials for the victims of the camp.
Study Theme: Satellite camp Wöbbelin, Nazi history in the region; violence and right-wing radicalism today; getting to know the Jewish community and the regional parliament. The participants will be encouraged to think about democratic values and their own social engagement.
Accommodation: In two-bed rooms at a communal accommodation some kilometers away from the memorial.
Approximate Location: Wöbbelin is located in North-Germany close to Schwerin. Berlin, Germany’s capital and the Baltic Sea are only 2 or 3 hours away. The former site of the concentration camp is located about 3 km from Wöbbelin. The nearest airports are located in Berlin or Hamburg.
Notes: A new permanent interactive exhibition opened its doors in August 2014, its part of the Theodor- Körner-Museum. Theodor Körner, who died 1813 during the „liberation war“ against Napoleon, was laid to rest in Wöbbelin and in 1938 a warrior memorial was erected. It´s situated next to the former sattelite camp of Neuengamme where a few of the inmates were buried in 1945. The cemeteries of honor for the victims are getting redesigned.
Bicycles and minibus for excursions are available.
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