Description: Volunteers are going to work near the area of the former concentration camp Ravensbrück, which was established in 1939 by the SS and became the largest concentration camp for women during the time of fascism. During the 6 years until its liberation in April 1945 about 132.000 women and 20.000 men were brought into this camp to work. Thousands of them lost their lives here. Today this place is a memorial. The memorial is close to the small town Fürstenberg/Havel, situated in the north of the federal state Brandenburg, about 80 km north of Berlin. Please check this site to inform you: http://www.ravensbrueck.de/mgr/neu/.
Type of Work: The group will do some maintaining work on the area of the women's concentration camp. There are many different tasks to be done: cleaning the area of wild growing vegetation, environmental work and investigation work. Your help will be needed to clean sculptures, to prepare a working site and to do other works outside.
Study Theme: In the memorial, there are many possibilities to read about the history of the women’s concentration camp and about the background of fascism. Volunteers can use materials from the library and the archives in different languages. A main topic for the study part will be the special camp, where the participants work. A “Listening Lab” workshop is planned. Please bring along an object, which you would like to integrate into this sound installation and/or a musical instrument. You will also participate in the 13th “Ravensbruecker Genereationenforum”, a meeting with former inmates.
Accommodation: Youth hostel
Requirements: For this Workcamp it is necessary to have (very) good English skills! German skills are beneficial. Please bring an object as an audio source.
Approximate Location: Fürstenberg / Havel
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