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.
While dealing with personal family stories, it became clear how many family stories came into contact with flight and war and how many stories are similar at the core. The migration patterns and events rarely relate to just one country, but move across Europe and countries outside of Europe. The participants' different perspectives on history and migration were particularly interesting. The overlapping of the different personal and historical events are puzzle pieces that more complete the big picture of history and migration.
We are very much looking forward to the next phase of the exchange, which will take the participants to Les Milles.
Coordination: Liubov Shynder - specialist for educational projects at the IYMC in Krzyżowa, Charlotte Marquardt - volunteer at the IYMC in Krzyżowa
Financing: The project is funded by the Polish-German Youth Cooperation and the German-French Youth Cooperation.