Polish-German-Russian educational project
“Memorial Sites and human rights education in the context of the experience of violence in the twentieth century Europe” is the title of a new educational project, which brings together the representatives of the three Memorial Sites located in Poland, Germany and in Russia: Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Perm-36.;
The first meeting was held in Oświęcim on 26-30 January. The participants took part in the ceremony of the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the German ;Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. They then met jointly to discuss the similarities and historical uniqueness of the individual sites, as well as to analyse the different pedagogical concepts that are implemented in the different Memorial Sites.
“Within the framework of the project, a 10-person working group was established, whose task is to create an international training programme (Transnational Training Programme) addressed to the multiplicators. The programme aims to provide guidance on how to teach about human rights in places where mass atrocities have been carried out,” informed Alicja Wójcik, coordinator of the programme on the Polish side. “Up to August 2013, there will be three working group meetings, during which the TTP concept is to be developed. This programme is to be implemented in 2014,” she added.
“This project is not about the levelling of national socialism and communism, but it concerns an analysis of the similarities and differences between them,” said Daniel Seifert of Bergen-Belsen. “What unites these three memorial sites on the plane human rights include cases of deprivation of civil rights, but it also provides young people with the tools to fight against any infringement of fundamental rights,” added Seifert.
In Poland, the working group included two representatives of the Auschwitz Memorial Site and one from the International Youth Meeting Centre.
The next meeting will take place in April in Germany and in late July and early August in Russia.;
The project is run by the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation / European funds programme “Disenfranchisement as a life experience”.