08.08. - 22.08.2020
During WW II, the concentration camp Neuengamme was developed to be the central concentration camp for Northwestern Germany with more than 80 sub-camps. Almost half of the 100.000 prisoners mostly from all over Europe were murdered by the SS by the so called „extermination through labour“. Today, the memorial is a place of commemoration, information, education and research. Until 2003/2006, there were two prisons on the area of the former concentration camp, so the bigger part of it could was not accessible by the public. The participants of the first Youth Work Camp in 1982 created the first circular path around the area and erected information boards. This year, our focus will be on the traces left by visitors of the concentration camp memorial directly on the site or on social media.
Documenting the traces of visitors on the site of the concentration camp memorial and in digital spaces. Processing the results of the documentation, research, visits, discussions and work, in articles for blogs or local newspapers. Questioning people in Hamburg what traces the visit to the concentration camp memorial left on them. Possibly also renovation work to make the former administration building usable for groups in perspective or landscaping work on the site of the memorial.
The history of the Neuengamme concentration camp and the debates and disputes concerning the establishment of the memorial site. Talking to representatives of the second generation. Exchange on various perspectives on the time of World War II and debates on what and how we remember today.
During the first international workcamps the participants were accommodated in tents between the former contraction camp’s brick-factory and the later built prison. Last year, for the first time, the former brick-factory’s administration building was used as accommodation for the participants which will be proceeded with in 2020. So accommodation will be in smaller shared rooms and you can use a bigger room in the building for meetings. Kitchen and meals will be in big tents as you see on the photos. This way we will also be a lot outside and hopefully enjoy the sun.
Good knowledge of English and/or German is important for the study part.
Interest in historical topics and self-initiative.
Adresa: , , Germany
GPS: 51.0834196, 10.4234469
Organization Description: This workcamp is organized by the German branch of Service Civil International (SCI). SCI Germany was founded in 1946 and is approved as a non-profit organisation. We are one of the oldest peace and volunteer organisations. SCI Germany aims to promote peace, non-violence, international solidarity, social justice, sustainable development and cross-cultural exchange through international voluntary work. We cooperate with a network of branches and partners in more than 90 countries. Every year, SCI Germany organizes about 50 international workcamps in Germany.
Notes: Excursions to Hamburg are possible. Hamburg has 1.8 million residents and the biggest port of Germany. The city offers more than 60 theatres, 100 music clubs and about 60 museums.
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