To remember! (Chelmno near Lodz)
Description: The German Kulmhof Death Camp in Chełmno on Ner was the first mass extermination camp for Jews in the Warthegau. It operated in two separate periods from December 1941 and until 1945. The probable number of people murdered there is approximately 200,000. The mission of the museum in Chełmno is to cultivate the memory of this place. It operates for historical education about the extermination of the Jews and the Roma during the Second World War, preserving the relics and documenting the history of the death camp. From July 2013 there has been a branch of the Martyrdom Museum in Żabikowo. More at www.chelmno-muzeum.eu
Type of Work: The volunteers will be cleaning and documenting personal belongings. Historical collection includes authentic objects from Kulmhof death camp, found during archaeological research in the village of Chelmno (1997-2004) and in Rzuchowski Forest (1986-1987; 2003-2004). There will be also work at maintaining the area, e.g. cutting grass, branches and bushes.
Study Theme: Extended study part. Fascism and the death camp in Chełmno, possible visit to Lodz (old getto and Jewish cemetery). Prelude to Kulmhof: nazi euthanasia program, workshops with archival photos and documents, visits in near places, where local ghettos were located (Kłodawa, Dąbie, Koło).
Accommodation: In the village nearby at an agrotouristic house. Very good conditions, but please note that the place is isolated.
Requirements: interest in the topic, emotional maturity.
Approximate Location: Chelmno on Ner close to Łódź (Lodz) in the center of Poland.
Notes: We do not accept volunteers who have already attended this project in the past, so that the others would have a chance to participate.
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