19th East-West European Memorial Meeting Kreisau
30 March to 2 April 2022
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Eyewitnesses in memorial work
We cordially invite you to this year's East-West European Memorial Meeting from March 30 to April 2, 2022 in Krzyzova/Kreisau. We, the team of organizers, have been thinking for a long time: At first, we were unsure whether we could hold the meeting because of Corona. Now the Russian invasion of Ukraine raises further big question marks.
Despite the tense situation, we decided to hold our meeting just now. We therefore invite historians, students, staff of memorial sites, contemporary witness projects, museums, and NGOs to a pan-European exchange of experiences and ideas in Kreisau. As before, the meeting will be simultaneously interpreted into Polish, Russian, English and German.
In the March-April newsletter of our partner institution - Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin, you can read the statement of Dominik Kretschmann, head of the Memorial Site of the Krzyżowa Foundation. Its subject is primarily the Ukrainian-Russian war, Dominik Kretschmann talks about it in the form of answers to questions about what is moving him at the moment, what is worth arguing about and what literature to read.
Evangelical School of Theology (EST) in Wroclaw invites you to the online meeting "Christian patent for conflict resolution? Reconciliation in the political context” led by dr hab. Urszula Pęka-la, deputy manager of the Memorial Site of the Krzyżowa Foundation. The event will take place on 1st March at 19:00 via the ZOOM platform and will be streaming on Facebooku.
More than 20 million people were exploited and enslaved as forced labourers under National Socialism. The victims came from almost all European countries as well as the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Not only large corporations in war-related industries profited from Forced Labour, but also small workshops and farms. The fates and continuing significance of this Nazi injustice in its European perspective have never been anchored in the communicative memory.
Onboarding Memories wants to use new approaches - such as immersive digital elements – so that the perspective of the victims can be experienced newly and above all emotionally. The relics - video interviews, photographs, documents - already available in archives are used and integrated into new settings.