Learning about History in a Former Concentration Camp (Buchenwald near Weimar): Workcamp for Russian, German and Ukrainian volunteers
Description: Approaching history of Racism, Ostracism and Extermination, for example Buchenwald
Since 1990 this workcamp has been taking place in cooperation with the local youth meeting and education centre on the territory of the former concentration camp (KZ) Buchenwald. After construction in 1937, KZ Buchenwald was one of the largest concentration camps of the Nazi era. More than 278,000 people from over 50 countries were deported there and deployed to it or its more than 130 sub-camps for forced labour. At least 56,000 people did not survive Buchenwald. They suffered from terrible existential living conditions, were murdered in various ways, died in use in the war industry, or were killed by death marches.
Type of Work: Mainly cultivation and maintenance on the grounds of the former camp and the former railroad line Weimar- Buchenwald; recovering & analysing buried objects from a waste dump of the former camp (archaeological work); erecting individual memorial stones for those prisoners who were deported from Buchenwald to Auschwitz
Study Theme: Options of extensive research of diverse aspects of the Buchenwald concentration camp history (1937-1945), the history of the Soviet Special Camp (1945-1950) and Buchenwald during the GDR period (till 1989); The topic “remembrance” of WW2 in Germany, Russia and Ukraine and its relevance to current-day politics; How this history is taught in memorial centres/museums in the home countries and self-critical reflection of our own ways of dealing with the past; Is a “European Remembrance” possible, despite partly very divergent, national stories and tales; Visits to the cities of Weimar and Erfurt
Accommodation: In the international youth meeting centre at the memorial place. Volunteers don't have to bring sleeping bags
Selfcatering by the respective cooking teams; Barbecue
Requirements: This workcamp has a very extensive study part, so you must have a strong interest in the subject matter. You must also have good language skills since camp language is English, (the study part can be made in another language though). Due to funding restrictions, we can only accept volunteers who are under 27 years of age.
Approximate Location: Buchenwald is very close to the city of Weimar, well known because of its large cultural heritage and its importance in German history.
Notes: The participants of the camp will work practically in the mornings - in the afternoons there will be various workshops, discussions, visits to museums and so on, therefore the study part of the project. Always according to the wishes and ideas of the participants!
Trips to Weimar and Erfurt or to other cities independently on weekends; Visiting the partner camp at the memorial 'Mittelbau-Dora' in Nordhausen; Visits to the Goethe-/ Schillerhaus, to the Goethe Park in Weimar possible; swimming pool
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Promoted camp: United States of America
Mission:Wolf has an all volunteer staff. Meeting the requested number of volunteers is important for them to be able to do their work effectively. This workcamp has been promoted to ensure that the most possible volunteers know about the opportunity.
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20 Aug 2018 - 10 Sep 2018
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