In this year, the project in Ravensbrück will continue to connect practical work and study with youth meetings.
In the memorial, there are many possibilities to read about the history of the women’s concentration camp and about the background of fascism. Volunteers can use materials from the library and the archives in different languages. A main topic for the study part will be the special camp, where the participants work.
The VJF-group is likely meeting survivors of Ravensbrueck Concentration Camp in the Generationenforum (panel of generations) and will parallel participate – in commemoration of Ravensbrueck – in the performance-project Sound in the Silence. All participants are encouraged to join study groups on the topics of Creative Writing, Theatre, Dance and Sound, where they can develop creative content with others as a part of the performance.
You will also participate in the 15th Ravensbruecker Genereationenforum, a meeting with former inmates from Israel, Hungary and England. Your performance will include the fates of the time witnesses you will meet and will be presented in the Generationenforum. A 2nd presentation of the performence will be on the last day in Berlin.
The group will do some maintaining work on the area of the womens concentration camp. There are many different tasks to be done: cleaning the area of wild growing vegetation, environmental work and investigation work. Your help will be needed to clean sculptures, to prepare a working site and to do other works outside.
You will live in a youth hostel near the Ravensbrück memorial. The rooms are very comfortable, a maximum of 4 persons will live in one room. Shower and toilets are next to the rooms. Bed linen will be provided. Please check this site: https://ravensbrueck.jugendherberge.de/jugendherbergen/ravensbrueck-646/portraet/
All meals will be provided. So please do not forget to let us know your special dietary needs.
The small town Fuerstenberg/Havel is located in a very beautiful area with lakes and rivers, so volunteers will have the possibility to go swimming. But – of course – it depends on the weather. Similar to previous years, a canoe-trip could be organised and/or meetings with German youths. Please consider that the free time planning will mostly depend on your ideas and wishes.
Volunteers are going to work near the area of the former concentration camp Ravensbrueck, which was established in 1939 by the SS and became the largest concentration camp for women during the time of fascism. During the 6 years until its liberation in April 1945 about 132.000 women and 20.000 men were brought into this camp to work. Thousands of them lost their lives here. Today this place is a memorial. The memorial is close to the small town Fuerstenberg/Havel, situated in the north of the federal state Brandenburg, about 80 km north of Berlin.
Please check this site to inform you: www.ravensbrueck-sbg.de
For this Workcamp it is necessary to have (very) good English skills! German skills are beneficial.