„So that Never Happens, what Happened at that Time” (Buchholz)
Description: In 1945 the recreation centre “Heideruh“ was built by antifascists to support the victims of the Nazi regime and children liberated from the concentration camps of Bergen-Belsen and Neuengamme. After gruesome years of fascist dictatorship, relatives, survivors and friends built a place of refuge amidst woodland where they could regain strength to continue their fight for a better world. Until today, Heideruh is a recreation area for antifascists. Very often like-minded people from different generations meet up there. Furthermore, 9 asylum seekers from North Sudan and Syria are accommodated and supported in Heideruh, within a nice and friendly environment. Now, the place is to be made more attractive to younger generations, preparing for a time without contemporary witnesses.
Type of Work: Maintenance, repair and extension of the “barefoot walking path” and the “all generations”-playground, focal point is on working with wood. 50 % of the time we will deal with the topics antifascism and commemoration.
Leisure time during 2 weekends.
Study Theme: The camp includes a big study part Documentation of the work and camp; preparation of a public commemoration ceremony; meeting witnesses and guests; visiting Hamburg-Neuengamme memorial site, partly drawn up by the Auschwitz committee; movie-night
Accommodation: Accommodation in double or three-bedrooms; on some days, when there will be many guests at Heideruh, it might be possible that the camp group will have to move to tents, which will be provided by the project
Full catering; During the day warm beverages and water will be offered. Other beverages are for sale
Requirements: Interest in antifascism; Showing consideration for elderly; Interest in manageable building projects and thoughts
Approximate Location: Buchholz is located in North-West Germany, only 40 kilometres away from Hamburg. The area around Buchholz impresses with its National Parks in the “Heath of Lüneburg” (Lüneburger Heide); Heideruh is situated in a big forest, you can walk to the Lüneburger Heide in roughly 45 minutes along a very nice landscape.
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