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Youth international project dealing with the memory and dialogue about the 2WW in Europe
Youth international project dealing with the memory and dialogue about the 2WW in Europe

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Yesterday the German team started the last international encounter for the project group 2017-2018 in Oldau. During these 5 days meeting participants from Ukraine, Germany and Poland will present the interviews which they gathered at home, the groups will visit the Bergen-Belsen former KL and will meet with witnesses. Family stories will be in the central focus. We also plan to have the space for dialogue about the memories and how to work with different memories. First day photos from Oleh Ovcharenko and Svitlana Arabadzhy.
#Oldau #AnneFrankHouse
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20.03.18
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In this short movie you will see the impressions of participants of the History Begins in the Family project about their participation in the youth encounter in Oświęcim on 5-11 November 2017, Poland.

During this encounter youth presented the first drafts of collected family stories, visited former Auschwitz and Birkenau KLs, reflected about the life of Jewish families. Thanks a lot to Olga Shevchuk for producing the movie.

PS English subtitles are expecting soon.
#Oświęcim #historybegins
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"It is always nice too meet old friends or acquaintances. From the first outlook it is possible to find one's sincerity, to smile to him or her in response, and give to know that the feelings are shared." - Marko shares his impressions about the Oswiecim encounter this year (in Ukrainian only for now).
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My understanding of the Ukrainian historical background got much better. I have learned facts I didn’t know before, in Germany you never hear anything about those. Our own difficult stories striked me most, fates are so diffrent... - from the article of Liudmyla Levcheniuk, one of the quest organisers, about the Lviv city historical quest with comments of several participants.
#Lviv #quest
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Video from the meeting with Stepan Horechyi, a witness of totalitrian regimes acting in Ukraine in times of the 2WW and afterwards, a participant of the OUN movement in Ukraine, former political prisoner of GULAG, who took part in the Norilsk appraisal.

During this project participants from Ukraine, Poland and Germany were practicing to conduct interviews before going back home and gathering their family stories.

Moderation by Liudmyla Levcheniuk
Video by Olga Shevchuk
Interpretation by Mariçka Polyulyuk

Special gratitude to the Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe for the hosting.
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On 7th July 2017 participants of the youth international project "History begins in the family" met with Stepan Horechyi, a former activist of the OUN (Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists), former political prisoner of GULAG who took part in the Norilsk appraisal. Please, watch the video with the interview with Stepan Horechyi (Ukrainian with English translation).
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The history of Lviv during World War II can be discovered interactively. Experts have developed a unique quest and youth from Germany, Poland and Ukraine have had a chance to run it. The competition, both academic and athletic in nature, took place for the second year in a row (April 2016, July 2017) as part of an international project “History begins in the family”. - Presentation of the method of the city historical quest on example of Lviv by project experts +Halyna Bunio and Liudmyla Levcheniuk.
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Elżbieta Pasternak prepared a wonderful article essay about the Lviv encounter. Please, read it over here (in Polish for a while).
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Every time you enter different projects you are scrolling through all possible scenarios in your head, tuning yourself only on positive waves. So you can find like-minded people from the very beginning. Cause every project is, first of all, team-work which through thorny way will lead you to the result. - says Marko Basarab, a participant of the project from Ukraine in his reflexions after the participation in the first project encounter. (Finally, English translation of his essay).
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On 3-9 July we held a Ukrainian encounter of the History begins in the family project 2017/2018 in Lviv hosted by the Молодіжний Центр Св. Івана Боско. 23 participants from different parts of Ukraine, Poland and Germany gathered together for 6 nights to be trained and prepared to the interviews with their relatives at home.

+Олег Овчаренко and +Светлана Арабаджи facilitated the most part of the programme connected with oral history, preparing of the list of questions and running kind of dialogue with an interviewee. Benjamin Günther ran wonderful energisers helpiing participants to feel themselves more fresh in the morning :)

German participants presented their culture and traditions during the National Evening.

This year we also ran historical quest across the Lviv streets to introduce participants the life of Lviv families during the 2WW and the Ukrainian context of these years. Youth passed the quiz on three routes, where they met with speakers who told certain history of the historical places in Lviv by Liudmyla Levcheniuk, +Ігор Дерев'яний, Roman Melnyk. Finally young participants made common creative task, which helped them to touch a story of one of Lviv families who were hiding from Nazi.

In order to practice interviewing skills, test the questionnaire and get deeper understanding about the resistance in Ukraine to the totalitarian regimes during the 2WW participants met with Mr. Stepan Horechyi, a witness who took part in the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalist, and who was imprisoned to the GULAG by the Soviet regime who came to Ukraine after the end of the 2WW. Mr. Horechyi told about the Norils uprising, in which he took part in 1951. The meeting was moderated by Liudmila Levcheniuk, special thanks to the administration of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe Центр міської історії for hosting it.

This time we decided to introduce another perspective of the Ukrainian memory about the 2WW - Crimean Tatars, who were fighting with Nazi on the frontline and whi helped Jews during the Nazi occupation. Thanks to Crimea_SOS and Akhtem Seitablaiev we managed to watch a wonderful movie, representing the life of Crimean Tatars between two totalitarian regime.

The last day was full of evaluations, visiting Lviv with a guided tour and understanding what to do next. By the beginning of November participants are to meet with their relatives, take interviews and prepare a small study to be presented in Oswiecim in the groups. Furthermore they will improve it and upload to the web-site of the project. It was finished with a wonderful BBQ served by Herr Helmut a cooker from the Youth Centre. That day we congratulated Ola with her birthday :)

Special thanks to our interpreters Marichka Poliuliuk, Roksolana Perkhach, and experts +Halyna Bunio, Taras Protsak and Anna Chebotariova and others who contributed to the project with their efforts. We are expecting for the video from the encounter to be prepared soon by Olha Shevchuk.

The project is implemented by the Foundations for Freedom, INGO as a part of the Ukrainian Action: Healing the Past Programme in co-operation with the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim/Auschwitz (Poland) and Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation/Bergen-Belsen Memorial (Germany) under the support of the German-Polish Youth Office, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Poland, Irene Prestwich Trust (UK), German Embassy in Kyiv and Ukrainian-Polish Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI).
#HistoryBegins #CivilSocietyCooperation
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