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Place of remembrance in Datteln

Place of remembrance in Datteln

In het kort:

Soort werk
Gehandicapten, Kunst, Thema
2 t/m 16 juli
Sustainable Development Goals
16. Vrede en recht, 17. Partnerschappen voor de doelstellingen
Aantal deelnemers
10 (3 mannen en 7 vrouwen)

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In the last workcamps with the help of the local artist Ms. Ulrike Speckmann, volunteers created colorful messages of peace, which were shown in public places. For example, they designed „benches of encounter“, a “table of peace and reconciliation” also a big mural in the local kindergarden. Years ago, volunteers designed a big picture for the entrance hall of the local church. It was done as reflection of a memorial in the same room, which still shows a militaristic and nationalistic approach. And again, the artist is happy to help you to get in a creative process of painting and designing. For information about the artist, please visit http://ulrike-speckmann.de/. This year, the volunteers are invited to create a place of remembrance for Jewish culture in Datteln. This memorial will be presented to the public, it’s foreseen at the site of the former synagogue. Until about 1938, there was a very small Jewish community here. Many people of Jewish faith had to flee from Nazi persecution during this time and some were murdered in concentration camps. During the second week, the volunteers are supposed to do activities together with the residents of the Johanneswerk. The Johanneswerk is an institution for adults with mental disabilities and the volunteers are invited to develop a daily programme together. Many things are imaginable: playing games together, going on excursions, and volunteers can share their creative, artistic and musical talents. Members of the parish will be happy if volunteers are ready to contact the different social groups of the town, especially the children and the older generation.

Accommodatie en maaltijden

The participants will be accommodated in the modern community center of Datteln „Etienne-Bach-Haus“. Please bring with you a sleeping bag. Camp beds and pillows will be provided.

Locatie en vrije tijd

The town of Datteln has approx. 35 000 inhabitants and is situated on the edge of the mining region in the north of the Ruhr area. Four waterways for shipping traffic are crossing in Datteln. The river Lippe and Münster region are nearby. Next bigger towns are Recklinghausen, Dortmund and a very nice and famous student town Münster. Excursions to local places of interest, like crossing 4 channels and other sites.


Commemorating as a way towards peace! The Evangelical parish of Datteln is the origin of a Christian Peace Movement, which builds up a European network for international encounters and voluntary service as a contribution to peace. The Parish of Datteln aims to remember a historical event, which took place after World War I during the French occupation of the Ruhr area. It happened on Good Friday in 1923 in Lutherhaus (former parish center): the French lieutenant Etienne Bach and the German official Karl Wille found the strength for reconciliation. Following their example, representatives of many nations, which could see each other only as enemies for generations, found a good way to communicate. The root of the movement “Youth action for Peace, YAP“ lies in this international encounter that took place more than 90 years ago. Lots of volunteers have learned that reconciliation is possible, even if contradictions seem to be unbridgeable.


In this workcamp we can only accept volunteers, who have received a 3-dose primary COVID-19 vaccine series of one of the following vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson&Johnson, Novavax). We will make tests in the beginning and during the workcamp.


Volunteers with interest in creative arts and social work are very welcome. After confirmation of placement in this camp, you will have to sign a self-commitment statement in terms of legal protection for children and vulnerable persons. Please bring a sleeping bag.


Place of remembrance in Datteln




Soort werk

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Aantal vrijwilligers

10 (3 mannen en 7 vrouwen)


18 t/m 26 jaar



Sustainable Development Goal


Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 295, exclusief € 50 studentenkorting.

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