During World War II, the Neuengamme Concentration Camp was expanded to become the central concentration camp in northwest Germany with more than 85 subcamps. As a result of the principle of "extermination through labor" pursued by the SS, nearly half of the total of about 100,000 prisoners deported from all over Europe died. Today, the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial is a place of remembrance, information, education, and research. It is also the result of political disputes from the post-war period to the present. For decades, the site was home to two prisons, making most of the grounds inaccessible to the public. The first work camp in 1982 laid out the first trails and erected information boards.
The international online workcamp will explore the possibilities of digital commemoration. Due to the pandemic, the commemorations had to be moved to digital space. What does this mean for remembrance and the culture of remembrance? Is it merely a restriction or does it also offer opportunities for different, new forms of remembrance? Who does digital commemoration reach and who participates in it? Does it work equally for every commemoration? What kind of commemoration is currently emerging; how will we remember the Corona pandemic, for example? In order to answer these questions, the participants will go in search of forms of digital commemoration. Together they will develop a presentation of the results, write articles for newspapers and document the online camp in the form of a blog.
Even if the camp cannot take place on the grounds of the memorial site as planned, there will be an opportunity to learn a lot about the history of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp as well as the controversial history of the creation of today's memorial site. Discussions with representatives of the 2nd generation and experts are planned. There will be research and exchange about the different forms of digital commemoration.
Accommodation is not required.
04.08. - 24.08.2021
Interest in historical topics and initiatives. You will need a quiet place for the digital meetings, a stable internet connection, and a laptop or computer with a camera/microphone for the video conferences, as the exchange will take place online.
The online camp will take place in blocks where participants will meet for 3 hours each. In between, participants will work on projects in smaller groups. The dates for the online meetings are: August 4 to24, 2021, including 9 joint meetings, each from 2-5 p.m.