Remember Bullenhuser Damm – the film

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the murder of twenty Jewish children at an abandoned school building called Bullenhuser Damm, young people from five European countries met in Hamburg from April 16-20, 2015. They came from Radom (Poland), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Paris (France), Messina (Italy) and Hamburg (Germany).

For this project, the young people did research on the Bullenhuser Damm children in their own countries, went to the archives and memorials and did interviews on the subject of remembrance. They presented the results of their research in Hamburg through the posters and films they made.

During their stay in Hamburg they attended workshops: they shared their thoughts on the future of remembrance, personally met the children’s relatives and participated in the 70th anniversary commemorative ceremony.

One workshop produced this film.

https://vimeo.com/134088511

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The speech

Speech for the commemoration ceremony at the Bullenhuser Damm Memorial, 20.4.2015

Welcome.

We are students from different countries who came together last Thursday and our project about the Bullenhuser Damm started.

We all came for different reasons. For example we from the Netherlands came here because close to our school is a monument fort he two Dutch boys that were hung at Bullenhuser Damm.

The polish students are here because they went to the Auschwitz Memorial the year before and learned about the subject at school.

The German students from Hamburg are here because they grew up in the land of the perpetrators and they wanted to take part at this international project to show that Germans have changed and to make a statement against racism.

The Italian and the French students came here because they were interested in what happened at Bullenhuser Damm and the Neuengamme Concentration Camp.

Now that you have an idea why we are here, we will talk about our experience.

It is nice to be in Hamburg and to meet people from other countries and to communicate with them and for example see parts of Hamburg together.

But when we see things like the emptiness of this school or of the former concentration camp, when we hear the history of this places or we talk about it and discuss with the students from the other countries, we all get this strange feeling. It’s really shocking and sad that people and children have been treated line this.

We feel sorry for all of them.

And though we can not change what happened, the question is, how we can remember today.

We think the internet can be used for remembering, because a lot of young people are using the internet.

Another thing is that we could remember every 20th of April about this crime at Bullenhuser Damm, as we do right now.

We will remember the 20 children when we go home and talk about their story.

We hope if everybody remembers this and realises how terrible it was, it won’t happen again.

Next to us are 20 balloons. One for every child that was killed here.

Later, when we plant the roses, we want to release the balloons. Connected to every balloon there is a card with the name of one of the 20 children and their date of birth and date of death.

On this cards we also wrote down the homepage of this Memorial, because we hope, that when somebody finds this card, this person can find out more about that child and the Other children and their story, so that it will be remembered.

Group photos

Participants of the youth project from France, Poland, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. Photo: Foto: Vereinigung der Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm e.V, Regine Christiansen

Participants of the youth project from France, Poland, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. Photo: Foto: Vereinigung der Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm e.V, Regine Christiansen

Participants and the teachers of the youth project from France, Poland, Italy, Netherlands and Germany standing in front of the Bullenhuser Damm building. Photo: Foto: Vereinigung der Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm e.V, Regine Christiansen

Participants and the teachers of the youth project from France, Poland, Italy, Netherlands and Germany standing in front of the Bullenhuser Damm building. Photo: Foto: Vereinigung der Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm e.V, Regine Christiansen

Another online article about the project

Students in discussions whilst exploring the site  Quelle: http://www.welt.de/lesestueck/2015/Neuengamme/  Foto: Marcelo Hernandez

Students in discussions whilst exploring the site
Quelle: http://www.welt.de/lesestueck/2015/Neuengamme/
Foto: Marcelo Hernandez

There is another online-article about the project – a journalist was accompanying one of the eleven international groups when they were exploring the Neuengamme Memorial Site.

Wiktor Mozylowski (Polen), Leomar Magsino (Italien), Tim Wiggers (Deutschland), Justin van den Keilen (Niederlande) and Fanta Drame (Frankreich) were exploring the grounds in a team.
The article is only in German, but maybe you would like to have a look:

http://www.welt.de/lesestueck/2015/Neuengamme/

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.

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