Statements about the future of Remembrance

Remember Bullenhuser Damm

Workshop III Statements

  • Remembrance should be combined with the internet in the sense that more of the correct information is available to children and adults around the world.
  • We think that remembrance ceremonies should be broadcasted live online but should still be held locally.
  • It is important to remember the Shoah.
  • Respect all People.
  • I think that we should talk about history with our ancestors.
  • We learn from our ancestors because they remember history and can teach us a lot. 
  • The places are important and have to be kept alive so that people are reminded of what has happened.
  • It must not be forgotten and the same mistakes shouldn’t be made again. 
  • We need to keep talking about it, from generation to generation.
  • The way of remembrance shouldn’t change a lot from the way we remember today.

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The importance of remembrance

On Saturday and Sunday the workshops took place in Neuengamme. We could choose from five different workshops: Preparing interviews with relatives of the victims, preparing for the ceremony on Monday, a workshop about remembrance, one about remembrance and the internet and a video workshop. I took part in the remembrance workshop. What is remembrance? How do we remember? And why? Those were the main questions, and it was up to us to find some answers. We’ve talked about remembrance in our own country, about when and who we remember and where. Every country turned out to have its very own way of remembering and it was very interesting to hear about all those traditions. Then groups of four were created and each group was given a sheet of paper, which was divided into five parts: a square in the middle, and four trapeziums on every side of the paper. Each group member got his/her own side and had to write down some ‘dos and don’ts’ about remembrance (‘What is good to do or say? What shouldn’t you do or say?’). In the end we had to put a summary of these sides in the middle. In my opinion really good things have been mentioned, like the importance of showing respect towards victims and family.

During the second part of the workshops on Saturday, we’ve been talking about remembrance and the internet (the two workshops had been mixed, not enough people had signed up for the internet workshop).  A video was shown about and old man and his grandchildren who were dancing in front of Auschwitz, to the song I Will Survive. We had to give our opinions about this. That wasn’t really easy, ‘cause has this man the right to dance there? Isn’t it disrespectful towards the victims? Those are actually hard, and kind of philosophic questions, but I think we all did well answering and thinking about them. Afterwards, in groups of three or four we had to write down what remembrance will/should look like in the future, and what’s the most important. We had to summarize that into a couple of sentences and hand those in, to be shared with the audience before the start of the ceremony on Monday.

I came to Hamburg and Neuengamme because plain information from a book could not impress me. Even though people keep telling about the terrible circumstances during the War, it didn’t touch me. I knew it had been terrible, but I couldn’t feel it. I could not feel the sorrow and the pain which was felt back then. But I knew I had to feel it. ‘cause if I didn’t feel it, my children wouldn’t feel it either. And their children. Eventually, it will be forgotten, because no one can imagine it anymore – it happened so long ago. And the same mistakes can or will be made again. To keep this and many other stories alive, to make sure it will not be forgotten, I had to feel it. So I took part in this project and signed up for this workshop. I saw the places the books had told me about in real. It’s good that I’ve been there, even though I couldn’t really feel it until I got home. There, I realised where I had been. What I’ve seen and haven’t seen. And I could feel it.

At the end of the first day of school I went to the memorial of Lex and Edo Hornemann. I put a stone on the monument, an old Jewish tradition to show respect, and to show you’ll come back to visit again. And I will.

 

Hier stehst du schweigend

Doch

Wenn du

Dich wendest

Schweige nicht

Rosemarie Koster (the Dutch group)

Monday 20th of April …

… not only the commemoration ceremony as some kind of highlight and end of the project took place but also there was a come-together for dinner of all students and teachers and teamers with all the family members at Bullenhuser Damm. We were overwhelmed by all the positive reactions – of the participants as well as the family members. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of the project on this special day for your familys!

The official photos soon will follow, so here are just some of my photos I took with the phone camera:

Groupphoto of all young participants from Poland, France, Germany, Netherlands and Italy.

Groupphoto of all young participants from Poland, France, Germany, Netherlands and Italy.

Making friends

Making friends

come-together of family members and students for dinner on Monday evening

come-together of family members and students for dinner on Monday evening

Meeting family members:

Meeting Ytzhak Reichenbaum (Eduard´s brother)

Meeting Ytzhak Reichenbaum (Israel, Eduard´s brother)

Podium discussion with Mark James (brother of Marek James) and Marc-Alain Grumelin (brother of Eleonora and Roman Witonski) by workshop I

Podium discussion with Mark James (USA, brother of Marek James) and Marc-Alain Grumelin (France, brother of Eleonora and Roman Witonski) by workshop I

Meeting Mark James (USA)

Meeting Mark James (USA)

Press articles

Hello there!

Some press articles were released in the last days, Although all in German, we would like to present them here also.

screenshot of short TV- clip

screenshot of short TV- clip

The film made by the workshop will soon be sent to you on a DVD and will be presented also on our vimeo channel (this will take some time, sorry for that!) Also there is a TV report including short interviews with the Polish and Italian students (from  the interview- and the video-workshop when they were at Bullenhuser Damm with Ytzhak Reichenbaum). Unfortunately this isn´t presented online.

Hamburg Journal (TV)

Hamburger Morgenpost

Schleswig-Holsteinische Zeitung

Die Welt

NDR Radio (from 0:15:00)

Remember Bullenhuser Damm – the commemoration ceremony

Balloons for the children of Bullenhuser Damm

Balloons for the children of Bullenhuser Damm

The commemoration ceremony on 2015 April 20th

The commemoration ceremony on 2015 April 20th

Yesterday the commemoration ceremony for the children of Bullenhuser Damm took place in the school gym in Bullenhuser Damm – on the 70th day of their death. Relatives of the children from all over the world were attending – from USA, Israel, Italy, France, Germany. This year our Youth Meeting Project had the possibility to be a part of the ceremony – with a film (well done, Workshop V!), with poems, a speech, balloons and a minute of silence (ideas and realisation by Workshop II – you were great onstage), with an handout about how remembrance might look in the future (Workshop III) and many more. Also our young people asked family members to plant roses together with them in the Memorial´s rosegarden. For us, the organisators, it was a great final point of our project and we are so pleased to see how everyone was making friends. With some photos of yesterday I would like to thank everyone participated in this project – knowing about what happened in the past will make a difference for a better future.

Marc Alain Grumelin, the brother of Eleonora and Roman Witonski, plants a rose with the students from Poland

Marc Alain Grumelin, the brother of Eleonora and Roman Witonski, plants a rose with the students from Poland

Family members of Marek James (also his brother Mark) planting a rose with German students

Family members of Marek James planting a rose with German students

Workshop impressions

Workshop Interview

discussions in the workshops

workshop feedback

End-of-the-day-presentation. What have we done today?

Some more impressions from the workshops – saturday and sunday in Neuengamme concentration camp Memorial. Workshop 1: interviews with family members and participants; Workshop 2: planning to participate in the commemoration ceremony; Workshop 3: Handling history; Workshop 4: Remembrance and the Internet; Workshop 5: Documentation: A Video Workshop

video workshop

Video Workshop

workshop work

Researching and planning

international teams do a self-guided tour

doing self-guided tours in international teams to get familiar with the Memorial on saturday morning

First photographic impressions of the meeting in Hamburg

Whilst the meeting is still going on – here are first impressions of what we already did. These are photos of the presentations – the students  from the different countries were explaining what kind of research they did in their countries. This happened last Friday . Presentation of the Polish group: Presentation of the group from Radom Presentation of the Italian group: Presentation of the Italian group Presentation of the French group: presentation of the group from France Presentation of the Dutch Group: presentation of the group from Eindhoven Presentation of the German group: presentation of the German group Some of the family members of the murdered children were visiting the Memorial and were impressed by the films and the roll-up-presentations the Groups did:

Mark James, brother of Marek James, standing next to the roll-up-presentation of the French group

Mark James, brother of Marek James, standing next to the roll-up-presentation of the French group

Only a few days left until we all meet in Hamburg

Only one week left until we all meet in Hamburg. We are excited – and very busy preparing the workshops and organising the meeting. We hope that your journey to Germany will be a good one! We are looking forward to meet you all next Thursday evening in Hamburg for a first get-together to get to know you all.

The forecast is promising good weather: sunny and up to 19 degrees. Lets hope it will be right like that!

preparations
forecast