Coping with the Past - Learning for Today (Berlin): This workcamp is now only for German available
Description: Remembering the Second World War differs in different countries. Russia and Germany serve as good examples. These different, and sometimes opposing cultures and politics of remembrance are based on differing terms and concepts. Using them without the awareness that the other might not understand the meaning of a certain word or understand it completely differently bears potential for conflict. Bringing young people from Russia and Germany together in Berlin, a city which contains diverse traces of different cultures of remembrance will enable us to identify terms and concepts which take prominent places when we talk about the Second World War. Together we will figure out their meanings, and explain them.
Type of Work: The main task of the project is the exchange about ways in which the Second World War is communicated in our countries. While discovering the remembrance landscape in Berlin and around we will identify crucial terms and concepts which are essential for a mutual understanding. After identifying them we will try to understand their meanings by putting them into context. Where understandings differ according to our backgrounds we will try to find suggestions for a common definition. The results will be collected in a dictionary which will be available online and offline.
Here you can have a look on what we achieved yet! Now it is necessary to deepen what has been worked out and to further expand it.
Study Theme: The major part of the project will tackle the topic of different cultures of remembrance. Deriving from it, questions about identity, nationalism and the role of history will be raised and discussed.
Accommodation: Simple hostel; Self-catering
Requirements: Due to funding restrictions, we can only accept volunteers who are under 27 years of age.
Approximate Location: Berlin
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