Jugend für Dora e.V.

 

 

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"I see a grey city und I want it paint in pink!"

Danke Nordhausen für dieses intensive Erlebnis. Mit diesem Workcamp haben wir getan was wir schon längst hätten tun sollen! Provokation!!!
Es ist schon toll zusehen, wie Leute sich mit Sachen beschäftigen, die sich außerhalb ihrer Welt befinden. Egal ob sie sich aufregen, nachfragen, mitreden oder für einen kleinen Moment in sich gehen um die pinke Linie zu verstehen. (Sie werden sich ein Bild machen ob positiv oder negativ!)
In einer Zeit, wo das Leben für die meisten aus den eigenen vier Wänden besteht und die Fragen nach dem Nutzen mehr Bedeutung erfährt als die der Zwischenmenschlichkeit. Es geht kaum noch um Leidenschaft, vielmehr wird der persönliche Nutzen in den Vordergrund gestellt um schnell die nächste Stufe der eignen Karriere zu erreichen.
Der pinke Strich, soll wenigstens für eine kurze Zeit die Gedanken der einzelnen weiter wandern lassen als bis vor die eigene Tür. Er sollte nicht nur den Sinn der geschichtlichen Aufarbeitung haben, wenn er uns für einen kleinen Moment aus unserer kleinen Welt holen kann.
Workcamp bedeutet für mich, sich aus seiner eigenen kleinen Welt reißen zu lassen um in eine völlig andere einzutauchen.

Sebastian (Deutschland, Workcamp 2003)

The details make the history and the history memory make the conscience of the humanity for that the mistakes don't come back, it's for this, that we are here in the workcamp. The theatre project is to make aware the people about the important memory of the history through their feelings in the theatre show. Don't forget the history mistakes. Thus the experiences of only two weeks can enable people to feel responsable for a better future.

Jérémy Nedjar (Paris/France, Workcamp 2005)

Ho imparato presto che è un mio bisogno primario quello di voler essere (per quanto mi è possibile e vorrei farlo di più) là dove le persone si occupano della loro, della nostra storia. E' questa una delle cose che fa sì che la mia vita abbia un senso. Da quando ho incontrato molto tempo fa ex-deportati dei campi di concentramento e con loro ho cominciato a lavorare perché altri non dimenticassero, mi sono sempre più convinto della necessità, anche attraverso il mio mestiere, di non sottrarmi alla responsabilità di partecipare alla scrittura della nostra storia di oggi. Con loro ho imparato il valore della memoria. Ho imparato che ci sono valori nella mia vita che sono fondanti la mia identità. Ho imparato da loro il coraggio e la dignità. Ho imparato dai loro racconti che la storia è impegno, vero, costante e senza sconti. Ho imparato che di fronte alla storia non si può essere neutrali: la storia ti richiama al dovere di schierarsi. Oggi più che mai. Ho imparato a separare bene ciò che è urgente da ciò che è importante. Ecco, per me l' attività di questa associazione è importante tanto da poter rinunciare un po' alle mie "urgenze" di lavoro e ritagliare spazi in cui poter continuare a coltivare dentro di me il seme della indignazione, della voglia di riscatto, dell'impegno civile, di un imperativo etico. Ho avuto la fortuna di poter fare scelte professionali che fossero improntate all'impegno politico e civile, ho lottato perché questo diventasse possibile e lo considero una conquista, di vita e di lavoro. Sento mio dovere, quando ce n'è occasione, di partecipare ad attività che vanno nella direzione di un impegno civile serio e sincero. Tutto questo ho riconosciuto in voi. Per questo mi è parso naturale, coerente, meraviglioso poter entrare a far parte della vostra associazione e in qualche modo partecipare alla costruzione di qualcosa che ritengo di vitale importanza. E' mio desiderio impegnarmi a fondo nella vostra attività perché penso che il mio futuro sia importante ma lo sia solo in relazione al futuro delle altre persone che vivono il mio stesso tempo e quelle che vivranno il tempo dopo il mio: per questo credo che sia indispensabile un impegno come quello che JfD mette nell' occuparsi (con cura, rispetto, passione e intelligenza) di un materiale così delicato come la memoria. L'impegno, poi, nel mio caso si articola anche in molte altre attività, altri progetti. Sono fiero di recitare in spettacoli di impegno civile forte, di partecipare a battaglie perché anche nel mio paese (brutto e avvilito da una classe politica che non ci meritiamo) non si debba vivere sotto il ricatto e la paura, nella sistematica avvilita consapevolezza che il diritto e la giustizia sono negati a molti. JfD è una meravigliosa boccata di ossigeno, di speranza, di forza, di lotta alla quale non rinuncerei per niente al mondo.

Marco Pejerolo (Italy, Workcamp 2005)

Hi! I am Kasia and I am from Poland. Why?

Because I am interested in history and I think that Workcamp is a very good idea. I am very, very glad that I am here with my friends. Here the atmosphere is unbelievable. People are always happy, smiling and friendly. We worked, cooked, painted… People were speaking in foreign language for me here, and therefore sometimes it was very funny. We painted signs on streets this year. We wanted to show people a road to the cemetery in Nordhausen, where prisoners of concentration camp in Mittelbau-Dora are buried. I think it is a wonderful idea. I want to thank to everybody. I hope that I will always have got this place in my mind… In my opinion it was a very good time. See you next year!

Kasia Witon (Poland, 2003)

Hi! I am again here, because I like the project and I think we must remember the past to learn and don't make again mistakes. Until people will not have the knowledge of the history, the world can't be better. We are doing our task to make more aware people in Nordhausen, but it's no easy. Intolerance still exists.
What I can tell about the project? It's cool! The street is very nice with a pig-pig line and the idea of sentences and names of prisoners it's good. I would like to make a twinning between Jugend für Dora and other associations in Italy. Why not in the future?!?

Francesca (Italy, Workcamp 2003)

Un ami me proposa de l'accompagner à un camp d'été en Allemagne; il s'agissait d'une rencontre internationale sur la problématique concentrationnaire. Interlogqué et curieux, je décidai de le suivre avec une demi douzaine de jeunes Belges. Nous débutâmes avec la visite du camp de Dora et son tunnel. Je réalisai alors que mes connaissances sur les camps de concentration étaient plus que fragmentaires. En effet, notre enseignement ou formation était livresque et finalement peu axé sur cette période douloureuse. Nous étions alors animés d'un sentiment enthousiaste qui nous rassemblait autour d'un projet, en l'occurence le dégagement du bunker – prison cellulaire. Mais la réalité prit encore une autre dimension lorsque nous rencontrâmes des survivants de cet enfer car ils nous confrontèrent à l'univers concentrationnaire au travers de leur expérience personnelle. Mieux qu'une lecon d'histoire ou qu'une mise en garde face au totalitarisme, cette discussion autour d'un témoignage respirait la vérité et le danger de certains régimes. Des jeunes de différents pays d'Europe allaient connaître quelque chose de riche. Pendant deux semaines, nous allions vivre au rythme des découvertes des cultures, d'une région et bien sûr de jeunes gens de notre âge. L'enente fut excellente et cordiale: dans le fond, n'est pas cela l'Europe? Celle des relations humaines. Des amitiés internaionales ne tardèrent d'ailleurs pas à se créer. Vivre directement un tel séjour est sans doute un enrichissement humain de la plus grande importance.

Philippe (Belgique, Workcamp 1996)

"The first thought that pops into my head is the overall feeling I had that whole three weeks; a feeling of understanding, being part of a group, I think I could call it a save feeling. I think by saying that for me I immediately pin down everything that was important for me. Those many years ago when fear was the base fore making choices.....those three weeks choice where made from a base of faith. The warm feeling us all role into at the house on the hill made me realise what extreme differences we lived in... and it made me even more aware of the fact how important the work in Dora is. For me it's all about never forgetting what happened in those awful years, because if we are able to never forget the risk of it happening again will be smaller.
One other very important thing is, that I experienced as a young girl (I think, I was around 14 when I was at Dora) that it is possible to feel a bound with people who speak a different language, now this maybe sound logical and it feels like that for me. But for many people it's not. For many people it's scary to find them in different cultures en habit's.....and again I find myself making a point that can be related to the Second World War...I think that almost every choice made in those years was based on fear.
Okay, I could go on and on with writing about the deeper thought behind the things I experienced but there is so much more! Looking at the stars at night in the rocking chair in the garden, ridding the old bikes in the morning to work, the fresh bread we ate every morning, the walk we had in the woods, the story's of the people who where in Dora and lived to tell the story to us youngsters, Agatha my lovely friend from Poland (witch I would love to see again), the barbeque in the evening and so many, many more moments that will always be a part in me growing up. It feels like I got something extra in those 3 weeks... And I'm happy to get the chance to thank you for it. Thanks I had the best time!!!!! "

Saskia Schretler (Netherlands, Workcamp 1997)

I came here because I won a scholarship in school. If I think about the last month when I was in Turin I would never have imagined what a beautiful feeling I would have here - I think this Workcamp is a place where people become better inside. This is what happened to me. Staying here with people of different nationalities and doing something "for the whole World". It's what we call in Italy "lezione di vie" (lesson of life). I talked about doing something for the whole World because I think that what we do here is really special. About the work in the forest I can say that it's really interesting to find the rest of the past to try to better understand the survivor prisoner's histories. I think it's really important to meet prisoners and listen to their stories and this is a part of the Workcamp that I like. I worked especially in the barack where we clean the objects that we find in the forest. When I do this I feel like an archeologist and I like it very much. About the spare time: during the day we went to visit cities like Erfurt or some other cities, I like it because I learn something everyday about everything...people or history and culture of this place. What is also beautiful are the evenings when we cook, eat and talk to the others. After that we go in the garden, play the guitar and sing together...I think it's great! It's all interesting and cool here. I hope that I will come the next year.

Virginia Callari (Italy, Workcamp 2001)

My school send me here with other people: Erika, Virginia and Francesca because we had won a scholarship.

I love this place and I also love all the people that I Know here.
I love the work in the forest.
I think that here I can do something good for me and for the memory.
I think that all people must Know what has happened and they must remember this.
I'm very happy to stay here because I'm feeling better.
Here I'm in peace with myself and with the others.
The work isn't hard because I do it with love and thinking that what I do is important.
I don't work for myself but for the others and that is so good.
Here I do things that I never thought I would do.
Here I learned something new about the concentration-camps.
I would like to stay here with all these special and fantastic people.
I love it when we go for a walk together.
I love when people from different countries cook their special food.
I love this workcamp because I have the possibility to get to Know so many people from all over the World.
I can learn new words from their languages and things about their culture and have new friends.
I think that it is very important to meet survivor prisoners, because with their testimony, we can try to understand better what has happened. Only to read what has happened in the books, it's incredible, but with a testimony, we have something sure and we are more near to this fact and this person.
I would like to come here the next year if it is possible, because this place has something special!
I would like to tell my friends about my experiences and I hope that they would like to do the same experience.

Gama Ursula Kipulu (Italy, Workcamp 2001)

Notre papa a été arrêté par la Gestapo à Paris le 11 Août 1944. "Soixante dix sept mille", il est arrivé à Ellrich le 3 Septembre. Il en est reparti le 3 Mars 1945 avec ce Transport de 1602 malades pour la Boelcke-Kaserne. Là on perd sa trace. Comment concilier traversée du deuil et mémoire? Le travail et la joyeuse amitié de Jugend für Dora sont les meilleures réponses que je connaisse. Et nous partageons nos mémoires. Elles sont différentes. Nous les portons ensemble.

Témoignage de Philippe Reyx, 65 ans, Echirolles, Isère, France.


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