On 15-19 January, the first part of the French-Polish-German youth exchange on history and migration took place as part of the project 'Remembering together - for creating future'. This project takes the form of a tri-national exchange between Poland, France and Germany, whose main theme is historical education.
Due to the current pandemic situation, this phase of the exchange unfortunately had to take place online, but with different methods such as working with biographies from the museum Friedland as well as its history, language animation, energizer, joint virtual city tours and cooking, a pleasant atmosphere for getting to know each other and discussion could be created.
More than 300 photographs and films showing adaptation to new living conditions in post-war Poland will be shown in a new temporary exhibition which will be available until March on the premises of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe.
The exhibition "Growing up. Western and Northern Lands. The beginning" shows selected aspects of the first few years after the war in the lands which were incorporated into Poland. The resulting consequences, such as population exchange, the need to rebuild wartime damage and severed social ties, and above all to build a new identity, as well as the specific actions of the communist authorities in relation to these territories, represent a common and unique historical experience of the Western and Northern Lands and their inhabitants.
The Krzyżowa Foundation is launching a new educational project 'Uprooted - (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II', dedicated to the story of children who were taken away from their families by the occupying German authorities during World War II and sent to Germany to be Germanised and brought up as citizens of the Third Reich.
After 1945, despite efforts made by the authorities of the occupied countries during the war, the Allied authorities and the Red Cross, most of these children never returned to their families. Their birth certificates were falsified and documents proving their true origins destroyed. Only a few, as adults, many years after the war, learned the truth about their origins.
Anne Frank House and Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe invite you to participate in an expert meeting dedicated to the use of the Stories that Move tool in international youth exchange programs, including discussions on diversity and discrimination.
Please consider applying for this meeting where you will meet with inspiring colleagues to exchange ideas on good practise. Use the link below to indicate your interest.
Location: Krzyżowa, Poland
Date: 23-25 March 2022
Language of the meeting: English
Deadline for application: 15 February 2022