Beraberce Xchange Program: Sites of Memory

     beraberce Xchange Program: Sites of Memory 2018 Call

We as DVV International and Beraberce Association, believe that critical approach to collective memory, remembering, forgetting and dealing with difficult pasts, confronting issues, sites of memory and conscience have great potential at democratization processes.

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Location: Astana, Kazhakhstan

Period of Program: May- June 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpagehttp://museum-alzhir.kz/en/

 

Museum-memorial complex of victims of political repressions and totalitarianism “ALZHIR” was opened on May 31, 2007 by the initiative of the President of the RoK Nazarbayev N.A. The opening of the museum was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of “Decree on establishing the day of memory of victims of political repressions – the 31st of May”, also with the seventieth anniversary of the remembrance of the victims of political repression.

The museum is located on the former place of the 26th point, where there was created Akmola camp division of Karlag, which later received the name Akmola Camp for Wives of Traitors to Motherland (“ALZHIR”). Exactly on this place “ALZHIR” was created in 1937 – Akmola camp for wives of traitors to Motherland. Innocent ladies were brought from the different parts of the Soviet Union. More than 18 thousand women of 62 nationalities served a sentence for 5-8 years in the camp in 1937-1953-s during Stalin’s rule.

The memorial complex consists of the following: the museum building, a train carriage from Stalin’s time, the Monument “Arch of sorrow”, watch-tower, two sculptural compositions “Despair and Weakness” and “Fight and Hope”, the Memory Wall, Memorable stones which were established by the embassies accredited in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the museum building. The Embassies of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Korea, Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Estonia and Hungary established memorial stones on the territory of the Complex. More than 20 thousand visitors attend the Museum every year.

 

Opportunities and Expectations:

 

Kazakh, Russian and English are working language in “ALZHIR” Museum, candidates should know one of this language.

 

Volunteers are fully immersed in the everyday workings on the Museum, allowing them to gain practical experience in a thriving cultural institution, whilst focusing on the preservation of “ALZHIR” prisoners and the victims of political repressions.

We offer the volunteer in Exposition and Exhibition Department. The volunteer will gain practical experience in the everyday work of “ALZHIR” Museum and Memorial Complex and they will perform a wide range of tasks, including:

 

– Guiding through the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions in English.

– Researching for Museum’s exhibitions and publications;

– Helping in the everyday work of the Exposition and Exhibition Department and other Departments, if it will be needed;

– Participating in city tours in order to broaden the knowledge of history and culture of the region;

– Preparing and leading workshops in English.

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Period of Program: September-November 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 Volunteer

Webpage:  https://www.apartheidmuseum.org/

 

The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.

In 1995 the South African government set up a process for the granting of casino licenses, establishing an agency to do this called the Gambling Board. The bid documents stipulated that bidders should demonstrate how they would attract tourism and thereby grow the economy and stimulate job creation.

A consortium, called Akani Egoli (Gold Reef City), put in a bid that included the commitment to building a museum. Their bid was successful, the Gold Reef City Casino was built and an adjacent piece of land given for the construction of a museum.

The cost of the construction of what became the Apartheid Museum – approximately 80 million rand – was paid for by Gold Reef City.

The museum is registered as a Section 21 company (incorporated not for gain) with an independent board of trustees, the chairman of which is Dr John Kani. The company is separate from Gold Reef City, which has leased the museum to the Section 21 company for the duration of the casino license. The museum therefore relies on donations, contributions and sponsorships to sustain its growth.

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.

An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.

The exhibits have been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid.

A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny.

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.

The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.

 

Opportunities and Expectations:

 

We will host a volunteer who speaks English , creative and willing to work as a team. Volunteer also needs to have knowledge about difficult past of South Africa. Volunteer will have opportunity to experience at curatorial works during the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Location:  Oświęcim, Poland

Period of Program: August- October 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpagehttp://auschwitz.org/en/       http://www.mdsm.pl/en/

 

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was created by an act of the Polish parliament on July 2, 1947, and includes the grounds of two extant parts of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camps. The Auschwitz Memorial is more than extensive grounds and original camp blocks, barracks, and guard towers. It is also tens of thousands of objects of a special nature, special meaning, and special symbolism.

International Youth Meeting Center

The International Youth Meeting Centre in Oswiecim/Auschwitz  (IYMC) is a Polish-German institution of historical and civic education based on the history of KL Auschwitz. The Centre was established in 1986 as a result of an initiative by Action Reconciliation/Service for Peace, Berlin with support  from the municipality of Oświęcim.

The educational activities of the IYMC are based on two principles:

– Auschwitz was too painful an experience for mankind to forget.

–  We can learn from the experience and draw conclusions from it for our future. Overcoming fears,

prejudice, and hostility between people becomes possible through getting to know each other and

coming to terms with history.

The IYMC is a place where barriers and prejudices are overcome. It is a place of reflection and dialogue, but at the same time a place of relaxation and fun.

Opportunities and Expectations :

Volunteers should speak English of German (English is better for us but we can also communicate in German)

Volunteer may work in:

Preservation Department:

1) Office duties including printing of documents relating to conservation and scanning of documents

2) Tasks relating to preparing history files on the historical objects on the basis of file records, in addition to describing the objects and preparing photo files

3) Assisting with ad hoc conservational measures with respect to objects currently exhibited such as: maintenance thereof and inspection of their condition

4) Help and assistance in conservational activities with respect to objects such as: shoes, bunks, slates

Collections Department:

1) Providing descriptions of the particular groups of historical objects;

2)  Verifying scientific catalogues;

3)  Performing other duties within the Department.

Educational Projects:

assistance and attendance to free events corresponding to the statutory activities of the Museum such as: conferences, seminars, meetings and workshops with Polish and foreign teams.

 

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Location:  Weimar, Germany

Period of Program: 6th of August-28th of September 2018

Duration of Days: 54 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpagehttps://www.buchenwald.de/nc/896/

 

Buchenwald Concentration Camp was established on the Ettersberg Mountain, ten kilometres from Weimar, Thuringia, in 1937. The SS deported political opponents of the Nazi regime, so-called asocial and criminals, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews and Sinti and Roma to Buchenwald – people who in the perspective of the regime had no place in the National Socialist “people’s community”. Following the outbreak of World War II, the National Socialists sent people from nearly every country in Europe to Buchenwald. At the time of the camp’s liberation, 95% of its inmates were from countries outside the German Reich. Especially from 1943 on, concentration camp inmates were ruthlessly exploited for the armament industry in Buchenwald and at the camp’s 136 subcamps, including also women from the autumn of 1944 on. More than 250.000 persons from over 50 different nations were imprisoned between 1937 and 1945 in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and in its subcamps. Some 56.000 human beings did not survive the terror, they were killed, they starved to death, they died of illness or as victims of medical experiments. Many inmates, among them more than 8.000 Soviet prisoners of war, were systematically murdered by the SS. Buchenwald Concentration Camp was involved in the NS killing policies through the practice of inmate selection and deportation to NS extermination camps: Buchenwald was the point of departure for extermination transports of children and sick inmates to Auschwitz. (Please find more information: https://www.buchenwald.de/en/69/ )

From 1945 to 1950, the Soviet occupation forces used the area of the former concentration camp as an internment camp (Special Camp No.2). The persons sent to this camp mainly were members of the NSDAP (National Socialist Party) and officials in positions close to the National Socialist Regime, but also people arrested in an arbitrary way. Among the total of 28.000 internees, 7.000 died mainly as a result of neglect, hunger, cold and disease.

 

Beginning in 1951, in conjunction with the establishment of a Memorial to anti-fascist resistance, the majority of the camp was demolished. In 1958 the camp and the commemorative monument on the south slope of the Ettersberg Mountain were together inaugurated as the “National Buchenwald Memorial” of the German Democratic Republic

Today the Buchenwald Memorial is a commemorative and educational site of international importance. Every year, more than 500.000 persons from Germany and abroad visit the Memorial and its museum facilities.

The Buchenwald Memorial is part of the “Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation”. The foundation’s purpose is to preserve the sites of the crimes as sites of mourning and commemoration, to provide these sites with a scientifically founded form and outward appearance and to make them accessible to the public in an appropriate manner, as well as to promote education. At the Buchenwald Memorial, the history of the Nazi concentration camp is to receive priority within this context. The history of the Soviet internment camp is to be integrated into the scientific and museum work to an appropriate degree. The foundation’s obligation includes the organization and realization of permanent and temporary exhibitions, scientific colloquiums and cultural events on the national and international level, the educational guidance of the visitors with a special focus on young people, and scientific documentation, research and publication in connection with the work in connection with the work of the Memorial.

Educational Programs

One major focus is the educational work. The Memorial’s educational programs are geared primarily to the needs and interests of school classes, youth groups and young adults (fifteen years and older) within the framework of school, youth work, universities and historical-political education. In the “International Young People’s Center” on the Buchenwald site can be organized one-day and several-day educational programs and seminars for interested German and international groups. The international youth work and exchange has a long tradition at the Buchenwald Memorial, young people from all over Europe, the U.S. and even Asian countries meet and study together in summer-camps and other seminars. (Please find more information: https://www.buchenwald.de/en/19/ )

The point of departure for learning about history is the authentic location – the remains of the camp. These remains provide the material evidence that links present and past. They are completed by first-hand reports, original documents, objects from the collection and other illustrative materials, and encourage learning through active research. The power to imagine historical events is the basis for empathy and comprehension of history. A vast number of educational modules and methods enable young people to a cognitive and emotional approach to history; they are encouraged to develop a critical and reflective historical consciousness. The past is critically examined with the aim of raising an awareness of the dangers threatening democratic, human-rights-based culture in the present and future. Within this framework the young people’s own past experiences and observations of the present are therefore a further important starting point for learning processes.

Opportunities and Expectations :

In the DVVI Xchange program, we can offer a place for one volunteer in the “International Young People’s Center”; the volunteer sent by the DVVI will primarily be involved in the activities of the Buchenwald education department.

The volunteer also may/can ;

– Explore the site of the Buchenwald Memorial and its permanent exhibitions, learn about the Buchenwald history and the German culture of remembrance,

– Participate in guided tours and one-day and several-day educational programs and seminars and come into contact with a wide variety of visitor groups from Germany and Europe,

– Participate in the two-weeks international summer-camp and learn about the transnational/intercultural potential of historical-political education – get into international dialogues,

– Participate in an international seminar for teachers and collaborators of museums from Belarus,

– Learn about the concept and the various methods of pedagogical activities in the Buchenwald Memorial,

 

The volunteer needs very good language skills in German and English language (reading, communication). Aged between 20-30 years she/he can participate in the summer-camp and other seminars.

– Know about how the Educational Department and the Memorial are organized,

-Learn about the activities in the Archive, the Museology and the Public Relation Department,

– Exchange with the collaborators of the Education Department,

– Give a presentation of her/his experiences in the field of Memorials in Turkey,

– Establish a network together with us for future-projects,

– Go on excursions to the Memorial of Mittelbau-Dora and to Museums/Documentation Centers in Erfurt near Weimar.

All activities will be accompanied by weekly reflections which give the opportunity to the volunteer to have a space for questions, discussions and orientations.

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Period of Program: From September to December 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage:  http://castrumperegrini.org/

 

Castrum Peregrini, ‘the fortress of the pilgrim’, is the nom de guerre of a WWII safehouse in the city center of Amsterdam. Artist Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht (1912 – 2013) helped young intellectuals and artists survive the war by offering them refuge in her house. Many parts of the canal house remain unchanged, making its history palpable. An old pianola that served as a hiding space, shelves full of poetry books, the original furniture and Gisèle’s countless collections, tell a rich story of the entire twentieth century. The human values of the Gisèle House have grown and deepened in post-war years, and today Castrum Peregrini is a lively house, organizing debates, publications and exhibitions. The heart remains the Gisèle House; with its maze of rooms, corridors, stairways and surprising spaces it is living testimony to humanitarian spirit, civil courage and the life of Gisèle.

Castrum Peregrini is a unique place, combining a rich and multi-layered past with pressing social issues of today. Castrum Peregrini has an unequivocal belief in an inclusive society, that embraces diversity and equality as conditions of progress. Our core values FREEDOM, FRIENDSHIP and CULTURE reflect this believe. Castrum Peregrini distinguishes itself from other cultural institutions by continuously linking its heritage to current issues, both materially and immaterially, and on artistic and social level. This trans historic approach, in which the past is viewed as a ‘living history’, and is combined with other historical periods and cultural contexts, is highly topical within art discourse.

Memory Machine is a public program on the cultural memory of society and individual identity. The lectures, exhibitions, publications and debates target artists, students, teachers and opinion leaders.

Intellectual Playground is the title of a program of international think-tank meetings, (artistic) research, international collaboration projects and residencies. It is about collecting, developing and sharing knowledge.

The House of Gisèle offers guided tours and educational events in which the past literally becomes visible: Gisèles interiors and collections tell dozens of stories about culture and humanity.

Opportunities and Expectations:

  • The volunteer will assist with all projects relating to the House of Gisèle, including research into other house museums and memory sites, potentially giving tours, as well as assisting with current projects and public events taking place within our year program. Another part of the volunteer work will be front desk, such as hosting and welcoming visitors during exhibitions and bar service during events.
  • Language: English and/or German.
  • Education: both current students and graduates are welcome to apply.

 

 

 

Location: Berlin, Germany

Period of Program: August-December 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage: http://domid.org/de

The Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany (DOMiD) is a non-profit association founded in 1990 by migrants from Turkey with the aim of preserving the historical legacy of the immigrants for future generations.

Today, DOMiD has a nationwide unique collection of social, cultural and everyday historical testimonies on the history of immigration into the FRG and GDR.

Through its work, the association wants to make the diversity of German migration history visible. For this purpose, DOMiD collects and stores materials on the history of migration. Furthermore, as a competence center, the association sees its task in researching and exhibiting them.

The aim of the association is to set up a real migration museum in which migration is taught as a normal condition and as many people as possible are provided the opportunity to share the multi-perspective history of our immigrant society. The ultimate goal is to create the foundation for a common transcultural identity.

A short film about DOMID (under:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF8VolC8wJw) summarizes the work of the association in all its facets. Also worth seeing is the trailer for the latest project of DOMiD. The Virtual Migration Museum will be online in May: https://virtuelles-migrationsmuseum.org/trailer/.

Opportunities and Expectations:  

We expect a good working knowledge of the German language. In addition, initial experience in public relations work or in archiving is advantageous.

Working with DOMiD offers the unique experience of being part of the oldest institution that has been involved in the culture of remembrance in the context of migration in Germany, having more than 25 years of experience, and which has played a key role in shaping it.

At the same time, the association offers the opportunity to help shape current topics in a motivated, creative and harmonious team.

We offer a variety of opportunities: from insights into various topics (migration history, culture of remembrance in the migrant society, museumization of migration, object procurement, etc.); areas of press and public relations (newsletter creation, social media support, contact with journalists, etc .); up until the archiving of objects and documents (lender maintenance, database input, proper care and packaging, etc.). We are happy to support independently developed projects in your own field of interests and to carry them out during your stay.

Location : Buenos Aires, Argentina

Period of Program:  June- November 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SitiodeMemoriaESMA

ESMA Memory Site Museum was inaugurated on May 19, 2015 in a building icon of the trauma encrypted in the city of Buenos Aires.
During the last civil-military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983) the Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA) operated as a Clandestine Detention, Torture and Extermination Center. Located along one of the main access roads to the city of Buenos Aires –Av. del Libertador–, the building of the former Officer´s Club, originally intended for recreation and rest of the officers, was the operational core for illegal repression. Approximately 5,000 people detainees-disappeared went through this place. Most of them were dropped alive into the sea on the so called “death flights”.
Today the former Officer´s Club is material evidence about State terrorism, a proof in the trials against Humanity and a Site Museum.
It houses a museographic exhibition based on the testimonies given by survivors in the different trials that took place in Argentina from the Trial of the Juntas until the present and on documents declassified by State agencies for current ESMA trial, among other files. The work team was made up of museologists, architects, historians, journalists and designers.
The Armed Forces have never provided information about what happened to each of the detenido-desaparecidos (those detained and whose whereabouts, in most cases remain unknown).
Inaugurated on May 19, 2015, the contents and the museographic exhibition of ESMA Memory Site Museum was the result of contributions, debates and comments incorporated after multiple meetings with different actors convened by the National Human Rights’ Secretary and the Espacio de Memoria´s Directory integrated by Human Rights organizations. The consensus was agreed taking into account the opinion of survivors, human rights organizations and academic specialists on Memory, among many others. The work team was made up of museologists, architects, historians, journalists and designers.
The reconstruction of the clandestine detention center is present through the voices of the survivors during the trails, this decision to use “the script of the Trials” was one of the main choices made by the curators: the legal truth is indispensable to produce social meaning and contributes to the idea of Never Again (Nunca más).
Our Museum is a symbol of Argentina’s social memory, the struggle of forty 40 years in our quest for memory, truth and justice.

 

Opportunities and Expectations:

 

As a Museum related to personal lost and collective trauma, we invite volunteers to be part of a team that works in the preservation of our heritage while investigating and creating awareness. We are a team that works in the creation of welcoming and educational experiences for our visitors. We are interested in having a student volunteer who can work both behind the scenes and provide visitor services in our Content´s and Institutional Areas.

The student volunteer will assist our team in organizing our digital archives, research, translations and transcriptions and will help in the organization of the special activities we develop for our audiences each month. The volunteer will also assist with our audience attention and audience research area. As a Museum related to a sensitive issues we need visitors to feel welcomed. In addition to welcoming visitors, volunteers will help groups circulating throughout the Museum answering questions and directing visitors through the exhibitions. We will value a volunteer who can provide a critical evaluation about our work.

We are looking for a volunteer who speaks Spanish and can be and feel part of our team and contribute to our Institution. By spending eight weeks at ESMA Memory Site Museum, the volunteer will be able to learn about our past history and the process we went through transforming this space of terror into a place of transmission, education and repair. We will share the challenges we faced in working together with members of our society that still mourn loved ones and those traumatized by grief both personal and socially, and at the same time creating a Museum relevant to our community today. We are always working in finding ways of promoting familiarization with the different aspects of our history and fostering dialogue about today’s human rights issues.

As a new institution, volunteer tasks within our Memory Site are essential to encourage the exchange of experiences, knowledge and practices. By having volunteers offering their knowledge and expertise we hope to give our staff the possibility of learning from new perspectives. We are looking forward for the volunteer to be able to spend some weeks in each of our Museum´s areas. We hope to grow as an institution by the perspectives and views brought by the volunteer.

Location: Hittisau, Austira

Period of Program: September – November 2018

Duration of Days: 30 days

Quota:  1 Volunteer

Webpage: http://www.frauenmuseum.at/

Frauenmuseum Hittisau (in the Bregenz Forest) is Austria’s only women’s museum and worldwide the only of its kind in a rural area. It was founded in 2000 and has staged about thirty exhibitions related to women issues since then.

One of its foremost tasks is the uncovering, visualizing as well as documenting of women’s cultural work(s). The analysis of history and culture from a female/feminist perspective deepens and broadens female identity, triggers processes of reflection and increases women’s and men’s consciousness of gender roles’ historical and social conditionality and their malleability.

A particular feature of Frauenmuseum Hittisau is the way its cultural mediatresses work. Apart from the museum’s director as the only permanent employee the staff is constituted of local women of every age (18 to 80) and very heterogeneous social background. On the occasion of new exhibitions these women will meet with experts and engage themselves in the respective topic, crafting their very own approach towards the subject. This allows for a most authentic style of communicating with visitors. The authenticity of these companions (mostly volunteers) of those visiting is part of the exhibition concept: You not just visit a museum, but an encounter takes place. The strategy and its implementation are equally attractive to an international audience as to the locals.

The Women’s Museum Hittisau is firmly established in the village and the region while at the same time having an appeal beyond the borders of the region. It does outstanding work in a rural area despite the small budget. Vorarlberg’s cultural landscape can no longer be imagined without this museum.

There are two to three exhibitions every year. They concentrate on issues of importance to women from the fields of history, art, architecture, social history, ethnology, craft etc.

The museum seeks to balance regional and international topics, presented in a reflective and gender sensitive way. Presentation design is reduced and minimalistic rather than technically elaborate or emphasizing objects’ suggestibility.

Exhibitions are accompanied by various events, special tours, lectures, concerts, readings, workshops and screenings. The education program offers events for grownups and children.

 

Collected are knowledge and objects related to material and immaterial female cultures (primarily regional) in an image databank (objects) or audio databank (interviews). The scope of the collection is limited. It focuses on art and everyday culture relevant to the region. Awareness-raising and documentation have top priority. Preference is given to loans, which will be recorded in our image database and then returned, having been “enriched” by further knowledge, remembrance and appreciation (in an exhibition). Research projects reveal information on the background. The local population will be involved when regional issues are handled. Supra-regional or international issues may be developed through cooperation.

 

Women’s Museum Hittisau is 17 years old. The times of “spadework” are over. Meanwhile the main concerns are day-to-day business, consolidation and differentiation. Budgeting continues to be a challenge. At present there is one full-time job for the director and one part-time job for a museologist/assistant. 23 cultural mediatresses work only on an hourly basis.

Opportunities and Expectations:

We offer the opportunity to:

  • raise awareness and female empowerment;
  • enhances equality of opportunities in rural environment;
  • learn about women’s history and culture;
  • practice gender sensitivity in cultural work;
  • train low-threshold approach in communication of women’s history to highly heterogeneous target ;
  • learn about gender sensitivity in a tourist environment;
  • an intense cultural experience;
  • meet a highly motivated staff;
  • cooperate with a project with a socio-political impact in a rural area;
  • to be part of IAWM (International Association of Women’s Museums).

Concrete fields of activity:

  • developing of a cultural mediation concept for the Turkish community in Vorarlberg (around 20.000 persons);
  • developing inclusion strategies;
  • developing of the IAWM conference (June 2020)
  • in addition, we are open for preferences and suggestions from your side.

We are looking for:

  • Open minded participants
  • Interest for gender history and culture
  • Openness to the needs of a rural area
  • German, spoken and – possibly – written. (It’s necessary because some members of our staff do not speak English).

Location:  Krakow, Poland

Period of Program: September –November 2018

Duration of Days:  45- 60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpagehttp://www.galiciajewishmuseum.org/en

The Galicia Jewish Museum was established in April 2004, by its founding director, Chris Schwarz. Chris spent most of his career working internationally as a photojournalist, travelling from Canada to Japan, Northern Ireland to Afghanistan. He worked for organizations including the International Committee on the Red Cross and the World Health Organization, as well as numerous UK-based charities, and produced a number of exhibitions and books. His own work was typically focused on social issues, including homelessness, disability, and terminal illness.

Chris first visited Poland in 1981 to cover the Solidarity movement as a press photographer, but returning to Poland again after the collapse of communism he became interested in the existence of relics of Jewish life in the small towns and villages in the countryside outside Kraków.

It was a fortunate meeting with the British anthropologist Jonathan Webber that led to the joint project that was to become known as Traces of Memory. Prof. Webber, then teaching at the University of Oxford, later UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham, had been engaged in field research in Polish Galicia for a number of years. Working village-by-village, town-by-town, at times independently and on occasion leading larger research teams, he worked to discover and document the traces of the Jewish past still visible in the Polish landscape. His research was intended for publication as “Traces of Memory: The Ruins of Jewish Civilization in Polish Galicia” (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization), and his search for a publication photographer led him to Chris. Eventually – after working alongside Jonathan for almost 10 years and producing almost 1,000 photographs – Chris decided to establish the Galicia Jewish Museum, as a permanent home for his photographs.

Thus in late February 2004, Chris loaded his car with computers, printers, and cameras and drove across Europe to confront a biting Polish winter. With the help of local friends but no infrastructure, staff, or Polish language skills, he set about transforming an empty former warehouse building in Kazimierz, Kraków’s old Jewish quarter. He registered the Museum as a charity both in Poland and in the UK, and invited Jonathan to be Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Seven weeks later, the Galicia Jewish Museum was opened.

Inside the Museum, “Traces of Memory” was set up as a photographic exhibition, to form the Museum’s core collection. Over the next three years, Chris went on to develop an institution which – through its exciting range of exhibitions, dynamic cultural and education program and, above all, by virtue of Chris’ own commitment, charisma and energy – came to play an essential role in the revival of interest in Jewish culture in Poland.

Through Chris’ work as the Museum’s director until his premature death in 2007, he made many thousands of people aware not only of the Jewish world that was destroyed by the Holocaust but also of the efforts being made to preserve the memory of it in present-day Poland. Since his death, the Museum has undergone a difficult but successful transition period, and continues to go from strength to strength. Over 30,000 visitors from around the world, Jewish and non-Jewish, young and old, now pass through the Museum’s doors each year, and the Museum is an integral part of both the Polish and the Jewish cultural landscape of Kraków.

Chris dedicated the last years of his life to photographing and preserving the traces of Jewish life still to be seen in Polish Galicia. Through his creativity and openness to the world he brought people together and gave them a new understanding of history and of moral responsibility.

Opportunities and Expectations:

 

Volunteers are fully immersed in the everyday workings on the Museum, allowing them to gain practical experience in a thriving cultural institution, whilst focusing on the preservation of Jewish memory and Holocaust memory in both a Polish and international context.

Volunteer will in Education Department. The volunteer will gain practical experience in the everyday work of the Galicia Jewish Museum and they will perform a wide range of tasks, including:

–      Guiding through the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions in English

–      Working at the reception desk of the Museum, welcoming visitors, selling tickets and providing information and guidance;

–      Researching for Museum’s exhibitions and publications;

–      Helping in the everyday work of the Education Department and other Departments, if it will be needed;

–      Participating in city tours in order to broaden the knowledge of Jewish history and culture of the region;

–      Preparing and leading workshops in English.

English is working language in Galicia Jewish Museum thus the volunteer should know the language on B2 level. The knowledge of Polish is not required, although familiarity with Polish and other languages (in particular Hebrew, German or French) would be beneficial.

Location: New York, USA

Period of Program: September –October 2018

Duration of Days: 45- 60 days

Quota: 1   volunteer

Webpagehttps://www.sitesofconscience.org/en/home/

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is a worldwide network of “Sites of Conscience” – historic sites, museums and memory initiatives – dedicated to remembering past struggles and addressing their contemporary legacies. Sites of Conscience, like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in the United States, the Gulag Museum at Perm-36 in Russia, and the District Six Museum in South Africa, activate the power of places of memory to engage the public with a deeper understanding of the past and inspire action to shape a just future. The Coalition supports its members in many ways, including providing direct funding for civic engagement programs; introducing members to a global network of similarly minded sites, helping them establish best practices and new partnerships; organizing leadership and program development opportunities; offering dialogue training; and conducting strategic advocacy for individual members and the Sites of Conscience movement as a whole. The Coalition includes more than 240 members in more than 55 countries.

Opportunities and Expectations:

Assist with planning and research for one of our global thematic working groups (Immigration and migration; incarceration, institutionalization and internment; and environmental)

Observe and participate in dialogue training

Work on content development of a traveling exhibition

Develop resources for members

Observe the overall work of the Secretariat, meeting with or shadowing not only the Global Programs staff, but also Development, Methodology and Practice, and Transitional Justice

Volunteer must be fluent in English (other languages are always a plus for us!)

Qualities:  Curiosity, willingness to learn, and to work both independently and as part of a team.

Specific fields:  museology, social justice, cultural or arts management, or any other field that they can demonstrate a connection to our work.

Location: Vienna, Austria

Period of Program: June – July 2018

Duration of Days: 42 Days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage:  http://www.jmw.at/en

The Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna is a place of encounter, confrontation, and understanding, which seeks to raise awareness of Jewish history, religion, and culture.

History of Jewish museums in Vienna

  • In 1893, the first object was donated with a view to the establishment of the first Jewish museum in Vienna in 1895
  • In 1938, the museum was closed by the Nazis and the collection confiscated
  • In 1988, the City of Vienna established the Jewish Museum Vienna
  • In 1993, this museum opened at its present location in Palais Eskeles in Dorotheergasse

The first Jewish museum in the world was founded in Vienna in 1895, sponsored by a group of Viennese Jewish citizens. The collection focused on the culture and history of the Jews in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, particularly Vienna and Galicia. In the interwar years Zionist objects were added, reflecting the new political discussion at that time. The museum was closed by the Nazis in 1938 directly after the Anschluss. In the last year of its existence the inventory listed 6,474 objects. In 1939 the museum collection was transferred to the Museum of Ethnology and other institutions in Vienna. The Anthropology Department of the Natural History Museum in Vienna used some of the items for its anti-Semitic propaganda exhibition “The physical and psychological appearance of the Jews.” Most of the objects were returned to the IKG Vienna in the early 1950s, although some were not restituted until the 1990s. Over half of the objects have disappeared; it is practically impossible to discover whether they were stolen or deliberately destroyed. Objects once listed in the Jewish Museum collection turn up occasionally on the art and antiques market. The surviving objects – on permanent loan from the IKG to the present-day Jewish Museum Vienna – form a unique component of the current collection.

 

Opportunities and Expectations

 

Volunteer will work at Educational Department, participate and obsereve workshops with pupils and school classes. Volunteer has to understand and sspeak German.

 

 

 

 

Location: Paris, France

Period of Program: September – December 2018

Duration of Days: 30- 60 days

Quota: 2 volunteers

Webpagehttp://www.memorialdelashoah.org/

The Memorial is an institution deeply rooted to the history of the Holocaust and WWII; it dates back to 1943 when the “Contemporary Centre of Jewish Documentation” was founded to collect documents and evidence on the persecutions of European Jews. Archives and documents collected served as a basis for the Nuremberg trials and trials of famous Nazis such as Klaus Barbie.

In 1953, the first ever memorial-tomb for Holocaust victims – the Memorial of the Unknown Jewish Martyr – was created. A national historic monument since 1991, the Memorial of the Unknown Jewish Martyr hosts the main Holocaust commemoration ceremonies [the Warsaw Ghetto, the liberation of Auschwitz, Hazkarah and National Deportation Day] organized by the State or the Jewish community.

In 1956, the Memorial was inaugurated and ashes from the extermination camps and the Warsaw Ghetto were deposited in its crypt.

The Memorial as we know it today was renovated in 2005. It is now many things at once: a museum hosting a permanent exhibition, two temporary exhibitions a year and many cultural events (panel discussions, film screenings and testimonies); an archival center open to researchers that holds over 40 million archive pieces; and a place of remembrance and the transmission of memory. It is the European reference on the Holocaust, and one of the three main institutions worldwide dedicated to the preservation of its memory, with Yad Vashem and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Its missions include promoting the memory and study of the Holocaust and XXth century genocides, deriving the necessary lessons from the past and reflecting on contemporary challenges. More generally, the Memorial is very active in the area of peace education, intercultural dialogue and education against intolerance, antisemitism, racism, hatred and xenophobia.

Among its activities, the Memorial is widely known for its pedagogical work with school children – an average 60.000 of which are welcomed per year – as well as its trainings for teachers, educators, civil servants, policy makers and members of civil society.

Opportunities and Expectations

 

 

For International Relations Department:

 

the volunteer will take part in the preparation processes of the international department activities (conferences, teacher training seminars in France and abroad, etc.). This will include:

  • Ensuring contact with partners and providers
  • Ensuring administrative and logistical support: management of registration (Excel spreadsheets), reservations for conference speakers and participants (traveling and accommodation), administrative management (contracts, expenses accounts, etc.), etc.
  • Assisting during conference: welcoming groups and speakers, managing logistical needs during the event
  • If possible, he/she will travel in Europe with the head of international relations as part of the implementation of the activities.

The volunteer will be encouraged to follow and participate in all teacher training, conference or other Memorial activity, in order to familiarize him/herself with the Memorial’s work.

 

For Education Department:

 

  • Following and assisting during pedagogical workshops
  • Following and assisting in inter-museum visits, on various sites (the Memorial in Paris and Drancy and other Parisian museums)
  • Participation in meetings and activities of the pedagogical department
  • Thematic researches on topics such as: genocide and justice, war reporting, prejudices in everyday life and throughout history, conspiracy theory, deconstructing racial prejudices, etc.
  • Reflection on evaluation techniques for pedagogical activities

Note: the volunteer will frequently be working on the Drancy historical site

 

The volunteer should be:

Age over 21

French level B2

English level B2

Basic computer skills (MS Office)

Education in the field of history, education, cultural relations

Knowledge about the Holocaust and genocide issues

Good communication skills

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Period of Program: June- October 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage: http://www.myt.org.mx/

Memoria y Tolerancia (Memory and Tolerance) is a non for profit organization that emerged in 1999 to promote tolerance, the Culture of Peace and to raise awareness through the memory and evolution of Human Rights. Since 2010, the organization operates as a Museum in Mexico City

The Memory and Tolerance Museum (MyT) is located in the downtown area of Mexico City. The mission of the institution is to foster awareness and education on tolerance, non-violence and Human Rights through historical memory. It concentrates particularly on themes such as genocide and crimes against humanity in order to warn against the danger of indifference, discrimination and violence. As such, the museum stimulates the creation of accountability, respect and awareness for each unique individual.

The goals of the institution are to promote the values of tolerance and respect, to encourage the search of a wholesome and committed coexistence in the new generations, to bring the visitor into a state of introspection and to generate a change of attitude, to contribute to reflections that can lead to social actions and to create a conscious commitment towards the necessities of unprotected communities.

The Memory and Tolerance Museum has more than 2,800 m² of a permanent exhibit, divided into seven floors with two large areas and a children museum. Moreover, it has a collection of more than 800 original items (photos, documents, IDs, uniforms, logos, etc.), as well as different interactive spaces and forums of discussion and debate. The spaces in the Museum are the following: The Memory space is a display, in a clear and didactic way, the historical memory of the genocide of Armenia, Cambodia, Darfur, Sudan, Guatemala, Holocaust, Rwanda and former Yugoslavia. Tolerance is a teaching space to create reflection on topics such as the importance of dialogue, the power of words, stereotype and prejudice, discrimination, the richness of diversity, and human rights. The Panwapa Island is an area dedicated for children from 4 to 12 years old, where through a guided tour; values such as tolerance, teamwork, respect and diversity are reinforced through recreational activities. Educational content and display are the result of the collaboration of the Memory and Tolerance Museum and Sesame Street. Temporary exhibitions have the main objective of creating an in-depth analysis of a theme tied to the mission of the Museum, as well as the treatment and the problematization of artistic, historical facts and events related to national and international news. Our most recent exhibition is: LGBTTTIQA: Love, Identity and Sexuality. Finally, the Educational Center offers courses and conferences on Human Rights, Tolerance, diversity and nonviolence which are permanently developed with the support of a major research team.

The Memory and Tolerance Museum has established itself as a cultural and educational center in the country. Today it plays a fundamental role as complement of educational programs of values at all school levels. Likewise, the contents and its world-class exhibition have positioned the institution as an organization of reference in the matter of the historical knowledge of the genocides perpetrated in the twentieth century.

From 2010 to December 2017, the Museum has received 2,571,658 visitors from different parts of the world and social contexts, but especially young Mexican students from public schools. Furthermore, the institution has received visitors of the academic, artistic, social and political world such as Yoko Ono, Rigoberta Menchú, Susan Benesch, Hillel Newer, General Romeo Dallaire, Dr. Peter Hayes, among others.

The organization’s mission has not only remained into exhibitions; it has transcended to become a relevant organization in Human Rights promotion and Historical Memory knowledge through numerous courses, conferences, and workshops aimed at a diverse public: from schools and universities to enterprises striving to strengthen their corporate social responsibility practices.

Moreover, the organization has been given several prizes and awards, such as Traveller’s Choice Awards granted by Trip Advisor (2017); Paloma de Plata 2016 (Silver Dove) by Asociación Convivencia sin Violencia (Coexistence without Violence), Honorific Mention in the National Prize of Human Rights (2016) given by Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (National Commissioner for Human Rights) and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto; 2014 and 2013 Effie Awards; Big Idea Chair by Yahoo! (2012) finally, we have been certified by the organization Libre Acceso for having facilities that eliminate physical, social and cultural barriers.

The department where the collaborator will be working is the academic department. It serves to coordinate and manage research and academic content creation and publication. The primary duties of the department are as follows: formulate research plans and strategies; research for content creation for the Museum’s exhibitions; organize national and regional research projects; advise the administrative office on decisions concerning important research or curatorial projects; collect, preserve and research the artifacts of the Museum’s collection; coordinate with domestic and foreign entities and foundations in organizing research projects; organize museum conferences and academic training sessions; provide essential services for experts and scholars and related personnel; coordinate the evaluation of the Museum’s exhibitions; and provide assistance and necessary services for academic activities.

Opportunities and Expectations:

– Specific research related to the objects and the exhibition design related with the Armenian Genocide exhibition

  • Working with the chief of the Museum’s collection in documenting and researching the artifacts and media material
  • Involvement in the “Traveling museum” project
  • Participation in the organization of the Annual Seminar for Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention
  • Content creation for publications on our social media platforms
  • Follow up on relationships with international institution related to the Museum
  • English ( Speaking and writing) plus understanding Spanish

 

 

Location: Santiago, Chile

Period of Program: April-May 2018 / August-Sept 2018

Duration of Days: 30- 60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage: http://www.museodelamemoria.cl

 

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights seeks to draw attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990. Its mission is to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and to promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again. It is a Bicentennial project, inaugurated on January 2010, by then President Bachelet. Its purpose is to promote educational initiatives that enhance knowledge and consideration. Its location, on Matucana Street, and is also part of an ongoing effort to promote the cultural circuit of Santiago’s West Side. The archives’ patrimony includes oral and written testimonies, legal documents, letters, tales, literary production, press clips, visual and radio material, feature films, historical material and documentary photos. Its spaces for temporary exhibitions, its 8,000 square meter plaza, the auditorium and the public art pieces that are part of the architecture are intended to transform the Museum into a high profile cultural institution in Santiago. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a dynamic and interactive space that rescues Chile’s recent history and recovers truth, which grows and reflects itself in a culture of respect for the dignity of individuals.

 

Opportunities and Expectations:

 

One of the missions of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights is the promotion of academic reflection, training, public discussion and artistic creation to encourage knowledge, research and debate around memory and human rights. Through these concepts, the Museum projects lines of work for students and professionals, in search of the exchange of experiences in the areas of Museography and Design, Communications, Information Technology, Extension, Administration, Collections and Research and Education and Audiences.

 

Open to learning pluralism, the invitation is addressed to students and educational, university and higher technical schools; nationals as foreigners and professionals who wish to complement their knowledge by forming part of the inter-institutional work and collaboration through the internship and / or internship program.

Activities that volunteers might be involved are:

– Guiding through the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibition in English.

– Researching the Museum’s exhibition and collections.

– Conducting audience studies and researching our audiences.

– Supporting the everyday work of the Museography and Design Department, if it will be needed.

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Period of Program: October-December 2018

Duration of Days: 30 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage http://chornobylmuseum.kiev.ua/

The National Museum “Chornobyl” is a multifunctional institution combining scientific, cultural and educational activity with the museum tasks on preserving and conveying the history of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster. The museum was opened in 1992 and in 1996 it received the status of a ‘national’ museum. Over the past 25 years, more than 2 million visitors from 95 countries have heard the story of Chornobyl through the museum exhibition that contains currently more than 9,500 pieces on display. All the display items are authentic but have been cleaned and decontaminated. The information in the museum was gathered from first-hand accounts. Considering its beginnings, this museum serves first and foremost to recognize the valiant acts of all the individuals who dealt with the tragedy of Chornobyl. However, with a tragedy comes the need to heal and begin the process of rebirth.

Opportunities and Expectations:

The volunteer should speaks Ukrainian and/or Russian languages and he/she will be working mainly within the educational department to observe the educational workshop about the history and memories of Chernobyl which we deliver mainly to schools and civil society groups. Opportunity to participate in educational programs (museum quests, round table discussions, memorial events, ecological lessons and holidays for children). Researching for Museum’s exhibitions and publications. Skills on introduction of information technologies in the exposition work of the historical museum. Helping in the everyday work of the museum if it will be needed.

 

 

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Period of Program:  September-December 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 2 volunteers

Webpage: http://www.polin.pl

 

POLIN Museum is the first public-private partnership in Poland, created jointly by the government, the local government, and a non-governmental organization. Under a tripartite agreement signed on January 25, 2005, by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Mayor of Warsaw, and the Chairman of the Association of the JHI, the public party financed, i.a., the construction of the building and its equipment. The Association of the JHI was responsible for financing and organizing the process of producing the core exhibition. POLIN Museum is a modern cultural institution – a narrative museum which presents a 1000-year history of Polish Jews. It is also a place for meetings and conversations for all of those eager to learn more about the past and present Jewish culture, to confront the stereotypes, and to face the perils of today’s world such as xenophobia and nationalistic prejudices. By promoting openness, tolerance, and truth, POLIN Museum contributes to the mutual understanding and respect amongst Poles and Jews.

 

Opportunities and Expectations:

Position 1: Research Department

Conduct research on the topics of: Polish Jewish history, the Holocaust, comparison of the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide, relations between Polish Jews and the Ottoman Empire or the State of Turkey. Publish these articles or op-ed pieces on a blog or other website operated by POLIN Museum. Attend and report on the workshops, doctoral seminars and conference that will be held at POLIN Museum. Possibility of organizing for a Turkish lecturer to come to POLIN Museum as part of the GEOP: Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Criteria for applicant:

  • Proficient in English or Polish at a level of C1 or higher
  • Is studying or has a degree in: History, Jewish Studies, Genocide Studies, Anthropology, Yiddish, or Hebrew

Position 2: Education Department

The participant would use USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archives to create English language workshop scenarios, with guidance from POLIN Museum’s educators. The workshops would use oral testimonies and the content of POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition to teach children or young adults about history. As the Visual History Archives contain oral testimonies about the Armenian genocide, a workshop could be created on this topic. These workshops would be added to the program that POLIN Museum offers to its visitors.

Criteria for applicant:

  • Proficient in English or/and Polish at a level of B2 or higher
  • Is studying or has experience in: Education, History, International Relations, Anthropology, Museum Studies or Jewish Studies

 

Location: Bologna, Italy

Period of Program: From mid-September to mid-November 2018

Duration of Days: 30-60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage: http://www.montesole.org/

The educational program of the Peace School of Monte Sole deals with and engages in four general subject areas that are linked between them, continuously and naturally, in our pedagogic practice: memory education, citizenship education, human rights education, non-violent transformation of conflicts. The starting point of each experiential workshop is the history and the memory/the memories of the massacre of Monte Sole in 1944. What is usually called the visit to the sites of memory, is for us the beginning of the workshop. All our educational workshops start from the site of memory as a necessary condition. The memories embodied by the site are engine and a catalyser of the educational process. In this way, the memory is a producer of reflections that look into one’s present conscience. If it were not like this, we would risk to limit the questions that these events raise only to the past, with the result of a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. The quintessence of the educational activities that was developed by the Peace School is the work with the history and the memory of the Massacre of Monte Sole. The historical knowledge of the trials, events and protagonists of 1944 serves as a stimulus for a profound reflection on the mechanisms that led to those events. For this reason, a previous study of the history of World War II is not required.

 

The workshop takes place directly at the sites of the atrocities and activates, through a methodology of non-formal education, cognitive and emotional processes that turn the educational activity into a human experience. For example, the historical context of the massacre is reconstructed by the students through the facilitation of the educator: in this way, all previous knowledge is used (also subconsciously: familiar and other stories, film, documentaries, novels, etc.) and reassembled in a shared, but not monolithic, setting. By stimulating the creativity and formation of the group, cognitive and emotional processes are activated that help understanding and consolidating the complex concepts and problems. In the same way, listening to the stories of the survivors not only stimulates the empathy towards victims of violence, but can also start a discussion on the concept of “perpetrator” and “bystander”. Who could commit such acts? Were they human? How could a human being do that? Was it possible to disobey? Where is the line between personal responsibility and the influence of context and group? Does that count only in times of war? Is it possible to just “stand there and watch”? The educator, through interaction with the participants, raises questions and doubts about the dynamics of human acts, encouraging examples from the daily life of the students. Through the methodology of non-formal education and the invitation to debate, the main objective of the activity is to develop a capacity of critical thinking, to have time and place to think and confront oneself with fundamental topics that profoundly concern ones conscience. The aim is not to leave Monte Sole with the comfortable idea that violence is a thing of the past or of somewhere else, but to raise uncomfortable questions to the individual conscience: what sense does it make to remember the tragedies of the past? The mechanisms of propaganda and the creation of an enemy that led to the disasters of World War II stopped there? Or do they carry on in other places and other times? Until which point can we absolve ourselves when we follow an order, adapt to peer pressure, or “stand there and watch”? These are just some of the central questions with which we would like to support the educational duty of the teachers; questions that we think are fundamental for citizenship education: starting from the awareness of yourself as a human being with your lights and your shadows as a prerequisite of an authentic relation with the others and of a democratic and non-violent coexistence. That is the theoretic base that characterizes our educational approach and our operators. It is important, moreover, that those who lead a group in Monte Sole are guides, experts, mediators, facilitators and educators at the same time: in this sense, not only the group determines how the workshop will run, but the operators themselves can specify their work and the goals mentioned above; they can specify according to the type of participants that with their rich contribution put forward always different hints and questions.

 

Opportunities and Expectations

 

The volunteer will be working mainly within the educational department. S/he will observe the educational workshop about the history and memories of Monte Sole massacre we deliver mainly to schools and civil society groups.

A volunteer who can understand Italian – to speak is not essential and to be able to follow workshops with Italian groups and to interact with the trainers who, nevertheless, can communicate in English.

Volunteer also will to put him/herself in the game: we would like to have active people that can observe, comment, criticize and eventually improve what s/he saw.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Period of Program: August- October 2018

Duration of Days: 30- 60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpagehttp://www.ghwk.de

The Villa known today as the House of the Wannsee Conference was the location of a meeting held by 15 high-ranking Nazi-officials on January 20, 1942. The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate the mass-murder of European Jews. The only remaining copy of the minutes of the meeting was found in 1947. With its use in trials against Nazi perpetrators in Nurnberg the genocidal subject of the meeting entered the public domain.

Today the Memorial- and Educational Site, House of the Wannsee Conference is dedicated to commemorating and educating about the murder on the European Jews and related Nazi crimes. Doing so there is a special focus on the contribution to these crimes by perpetrators coming from the ranks of the NS-Bureaucracy. By clearing up about the NS crimes the Memorial and Educational Site promotes democratic education in order to defend Human Rights. Apart from a permanent exhibit, the site offers a comprehensive library on Jewish Life and the Holocaust.

A major focus of the work of the memorial and educational site is historical- and civic education. A variety of educational programs gives the opportunity to study the persecution and murder of the European Jews and the history of National Socialism. Welcoming visitors from around the world, the site is also a forum for the promotion of intercultural exchange, where historical and contemporary questions of remembrance and commemoration and the relevance of the Holocaust in European societies and politics today are discussed. (Please find more Information: http://www.ghwk.de/en/)

Opportunities and Expectations:

In the DVVI exchange program, the Memorial- and Educational Site House of the Wannsee-Conference offers a position for one volunteer in the educational department. The volunteer will become acquainted with the institution’s historical focus and will gain valuable experience in the field of civic and historical education.

The volunteer will:

– participate in the educational work of the memorial and educational site,

– participate in guided tours and one-day educational programs and seminars. This will allow the volunteer to come into contact with German and international visitor groups,

– get to know sources and materials that are used for the educational work

– learn about the activities, functioning and content of the library and the “Joseph Wulf Mediothek”

– learn about the landscape of memorial-sites and places of memory in the city of Berlin and its surrounding

– go in exchange about stuff members about their experiences in the field of Memorials

– help establish a network for future joint-projects,

To participate in a meaningful way in the above processes, the volunteer must have general knowledge about the history of National Socialism, especially the persecution and murder of the European Jews and other crimes carried out the Nazi regime in Germany and Europe between 1933 – 1945.

The volunteer must bring a strong interest to learn more about this period of history, it´s implications for our lives today and the educational methods to transmit the lessons that are to be learned to a broad variety of participants. Good written and spoken German or English, and preferably both, is necessary. Daily communication with colleagues and mentors, but also a meaningful contribution to the institution’s educational mission rely on good communication skills.

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Period of Program: Jun -August 2018

Duration of Days: 30- 60 days

Quota: 1 Volunteers

Webpage:  http://www.memorialsighet.ro/memorial-en/

It was founded in 1993 by the well-known Romanian writers and civic activists Ana Blandiana and Romulus Rusan, who presented the project to the Council of Europe. The Civic Academy Foundation, a Romanian non-governmental organization, specially created for the management of the Memorial, is the judicial entity. The Foundation is the creator, organizer and administrator of the Memorial.

The Memorial is made up of the museum housed in the former Stalinist prison in Sighet (north of Romania) and the International Centre for Research into Communism and the Exhibition Space, both located in Bucharest.

The former prison is now a backdrop to what happened under communism in Romania and the other countries of Eastern Europe. In each cell, converted into a museum room, can be found a thematic or chronological detail of the political malformation that brought death and suffering -both inside and outside prison walls – throughout the twentieth century in Europe.

The Memorial, founded under the aegis of the Council of Europe, was a project made to bringing together the two Europes, East and West via knowledge. For the two Europes to be united, we have to bring together not only our policies, but also different obsessions, and the obsession of Eastern Europe is the suffering endured during communism.

The Romanian State has declared the Sighet Memorial a “site of national interest” (Law no. 95/1997, passed by the Romanian Parliament).

Opportunities and Expectations:

Guiding tours with the visitors of the Sighet Memorial

Research about the victims of communism in the archive of the Sighet Memorial

Press review – articles about the Sighet Memorial, articles about the victims of communism

Working at the reception desk of the Museum, welcoming visitors and providing information about the museum

Participation in work meetings of the Sighet Memorial staff.

Romanian is the working language in the Sighet Memorial. Candidates should know English and should have the ability to understand Romanian (knowledge of French, Hungarian or German would be an advantage)

 

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Period of Program: October-November 2018

Duration of Days: 30- 60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage:  https://www.zachorfoundation.org/

 

The Zachor Foundation for Social Remembrance is a civil education organization that aims to draw attention to dangerous phenomena such as racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice. We organize formal and non-formal educational programs for students and for teachers that use testimony from witnesses of genocide because we believe that the processing and healing of contemporary social traumas and fractions are deeply dependent on the remembering and understanding of the past, and how we situate the past within our present and future. We recruit educators and equip them with the tools to address diversity, marginalization, and prejudice in all educational contexts. We also run programs for youth to develop leadership skills, digital competencies, historical and contemporary knowledge of their local and European communities, empathy, and tools for civil engagement. In partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation, we develop and integrate educational activities for the internationally renowned and awarded IWitness platform. As the primary partner of the Shoah Foundation in Europe, we also work with partners throughout Europe to create educational materials for IWitness, teacher trainings, and programs like the IWalk Program.

 

Opportunities and Expectations:

 

We are looking for a volunteer who would be interested in watching and selecting testimony segments, hosted in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, from survivors and witnesses of genocides. These testimonies will be featured on IWitness, an internationally renowned and awarded educational platform that hosts testimony based programs designed by teachers from all over the world.

 

We are looking for a volunteer who would be interested in designing programs in their local languages that could also be published on this platform.

 

A volunteer should have working competency in English and in their local language, and be working on their Bachelors or Masters degree.

 

A background in education or some experience working in education is a bonus.

 

 

Location: Washington DC, United States of America

Period of Program: June or July, 2018

Duration of Days: 30 days

Quota: 1 Volunteer

Webpage: www.ushmm.org

 

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

 

Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values. The Museum works closely with many key segments of society who will affect the future of our nation. By studying the choices made by individuals and institutions during the Holocaust, professionals from the fields of law enforcement, the judiciary, and the military, as well as diplomacy, medicine, education, and religion, gain fresh insight into their own responsibilities today.

 

In addition to our leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors onsite and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach for teachers and students, and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance of the Days of Remembrance in the US Capitol. Our Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies fosters the continued growth and vitality of the field of Holocaust studies. Our Center for the Prevention of Genocide works to educate, engage, and inspire the public to learn more about past genocides—such as those in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur—and to consider what they can do to prevent these atrocities in the future.

 

Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 40 million visitors, including 99 heads of state and more than ten million school-age children. Our website, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, is available in 16 languages and was visited in 2015 by more than 16.5 million people representing 211 countries and territories.

 

Opportunities and Expectations

 

Volunteer should

 

  • Speak English
  • Interest in museums, memorials

 

Sections/departments volunteer will work:

  • Visitor Services

Staff the Museum’s Information Desk

First Person: The Museum’s First Person program enables visitors to hear Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features a live interview between journalist Bill Benson and a survivor, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Attend/observe our writing class with survivors, spend time at the desk with survivors as they interact with the public, and listen in on survivor speaking engagements at the Museum.

  • Collections:

Curatorial Acquisitions

Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center

  • Levine Institute on Holocaust Education

Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism

  • International Visitor Leadership Programs and other international visits

 

Tasks:

  • Greet visitors at the Information Desk
  • Help facilitate the First Person program
  • Participate in programs
  • Assist staff in daily activities

 

 

 

Location: Israel, Tel Aviv

Period of Program: October- November

Duration of Days: 30 – 60 days

Quota: 1 volunteer

Webpage: http://zochrot.org/

 

Zochrot (“remembering” in Hebrew) is an NGO working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948 and the reconceptualization of the Return as the imperative redress of the Nakba and a chance for a better life for all the country’s inhabitants. Zochrot and other Israeli NGOs have been fairly successful over the past few years in raising the Nakba to the awareness of the broad Jewish public. The term ‘Nakba’ has become part and parcel of current Israeli discourse; nevertheless, its mere presence still does not mean broad acknowledgement of and accountability for the destruction of hundreds of villages and resulting hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in the 1948 War.The above-mentioned gap is largely due to the continued adherence of Jewish Israeli society to colonial concepts and practices. Zochrot believes that peace will come only after the country has been decolonized, enabling all its inhabitants and refugees to live together without the threat of expulsion or denial of Return.

Zochrot envisions Return as an extended and multidimensional process, which includes not only the physical return of refugees to this country, but also their appropriate and dignified integration in an equal, joint Palestinian-Jewish society. Under this expansive view, Return begins long before the actual return of refugees and proceeds long after.

Zochrot will act to challenge the Israeli Jewish public’s preconceptions and promote awareness, political and cultural change within it to create the conditions for the Return of Palestinian Refugees and a shared life in this country. To do so, Zochrot will generate processes in which Israeli Jews will reflect on and review their identity, history, future and the resulting discourse through which they conceive of their lives in this country. Our focus on the Jewish target audience derives from its practical and moral responsibility for Palestinian refugeehood, as well as from its privileged power position under the present regime.

Opportunities and Expectations

Zochrot seeks a volunteer / participant in the DVVI Xchange program to be

part of and assist in a *campaign for fund-raising from private donor *with

the following skills and experience:

– familiarity with Zochrot’s goals and vision and commitment to Zochrot’s

values

– excellent writing skills in English

– excellent interpersonal skills

– open mind, original and creative thinking

– extensive knowledge of social media platforms

– a plus: knowledge of Arabic or Hebrew

– a great plus: experience with fundraising campaigns / PR campaigns /

writing for social media / creating videos for raising public awareness

The volunteer will observe from up close the daily work of Zochrot,

participate in all Zochrot’s public activities, and assist in fundraising

and public awareness campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beraberce Xchange Program: Memory Sites

1.1.  It is an exchange and knowledge sharing program run with the collaborative efforts of Beraberce Association who is DVV International’s strategic representative in Turkey. It seeks to take 20 individuals – researchers, students, activists and young professionals of different disciplines and professions – who are working on memory and memorial sites, and provide them with the opportunity to gain a new experience on this topic and foster. It does so by sending each participant to a site of memory/conscience located in a foreign country for a period of 30- 60 days

 

1.2.  The program will send a total of 20 participants chosen from among applicants to foreign countries in three different phases: in the first phase, nine selected participants will be sent between August 2017-December 2017; in the second phase, nine selected participants will be sent between January 2018 – December 2018; and in the third phase, two chosen participants will be sent between January 2019 – March 2019 to the destinations of their choosing.

2.1.   Participants should:

 

  • Be above the age of 18
  • Speak the language which host institution request.
  • Have worked, be currently working on, or wish to make contribution on the field of ‘memorial sites/memorialization’.

 

 

2.2. The program strongly upholds the principle of equal opportunity, and thus seeks ensure that our participants reflect all diversity of Turkey. For this reason, priority will be given to applications coming from outside of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir; young participants with no prior experiences of travel to a foreign country; and female applicants.

3.1.   The program will provide the participants with:

  • The opportunity to learn and gain practical experience at a host institution/site of memory and conscience/museum in a foreign country;
  • The experience of living in a different country during this period of learning;
  • The opportunity to gain theoretical and practical knowledge working within a position provided by the host institution;
  • The opportunity to observe the running of a site of memory and conscience/museum, and its mechanisms of expression and accepting visitors, its training programs of guides and visitors, its archiving and archive presentation methods, its techniques, and its project development processes;
  • The opportunity for self-development in the areas of curating and technical equipment;
  • The opportunity to turn their new experience and knowledge into practical projects suggestions and transmit these to other persons and institutions working on these issues within the country;
  • The opportunity to build a lasting network with their host institution, as well as other institutions in their host countries, which could lead to further collaboration in the future.

 

3.2. Each host institution/site of memory and conscience/museum will offer practical experience to its participant. The title, boundaries and responsibilities of these practical experiences will be clarified upon further deliberation with the host institution.

4.1. The program will cover all expenses of visas, travel insurance, domestic and international travel and accommodation, as well as provide a travel allowance to meet the basic needs of the participant while abroad.

 

4.2. The costs of transport, accommodation and food will be calculated based on the average of the host country’s government scholarships, and subsequently be determined in consultation with the participant and host institutions.

 

4.3. If the host institutions are able to provide a stipend within the scope of their own internship programs, or if they are able to provide for accommodations, they are expected to afford the participants the same opportunities.

5.1. The host institution can be any site of memory and conscience/museum, which is active in the area of memorial sites/memorialization and provides the participant with a certain experience or opportunity to learn.

 

5.2. There are no restrictions in terms of location; the host institution can be in any country.

 

5.3. The host institution can be any site of memory and conscience/museum that is active in the areas of local history, family history, political history, facing history, human rights and freedom of expression; it is sufficient that the host institution has experience and is a specialist in the areas of memory and memorialization.

 

5.4. It is desired that the host institutions provide the following opportunities:

  • Practical experience fitting to the participant’s specialty and the institution’s needs.
  • The activities and training necessary for the participant to self-development of the participant
  • A mentor/friend who is able to provide support to the participant.

5.5. The open invitation to apply for the exchange program has been prepared and includes the list of host institutions, a short introduction to these institutions, and the probable positions available at these institutions; the open invitation will be published on the websites and social media pages of Beraberce Association.

6.1. Beraberce Association will conduct a call for applications. The call for applications will provide a description of the practical experience, information on when each host institution will accept participants, and what the anticipated participant profile will be.

 

6.2. Interested applicants should send their application form and their resume which should be written in either languages Turkish and fitting to the host country (either the national language or a foreign language widely spoken at the host country – for example, English), a minimum of one reference to xchange@beraberce.org.tr; the reference can be given by either a person or an institution.

 

6.3. The applicants can select a maximum 3 host countries of interest, and should provide an explanation of why they chose this particular institution(s).

7.1. The project team will conduct a technical preliminary elimination. If there are missing documents in the application, the applicant will be contacted, as well as the person or institution listed as a reference, if necessary.

 

7.2. After the preliminary elimination, the motivation letters and resumes of the applicants will be shared with the maximum 3 host institutions chosen by the applicant.

 

7.3. The host institutions will provide to the evaluation committee with the names of the applicants that they found suitable.

 

7.4. The evaluation committee aims to evaluate its participants based on the following criteria:

  • The contribution of the applicant to the program
  • Ensuring the diversity of the participants

 

7.5. Once the evaluation committee has made its decision, the accepted applicants will be put in touch with their host institution and the program will be started once the two have reached an agreement. During the meeting between the accepted applicant and the host institution, an expert from Beraberce Association project team will participate in order to observe the objectives of the project, the expectations of the host institution and the motivation of the accepted applicant.

 

7.6. After the meeting with the host institutions, the finalized list of participants will be published on the websites and social media accounts of Beraberce Association.

 

7.7. All applications will be responded to via e-mail.

8.1. The Xchange Program begins with the signing of an agreement between the participant, Beraberce Association and the host institution.

 

8.2. The following are the duties and responsibilities of the participants:

  • The participants must submit a copy of the signed agreement and a photocopy of their passports to the Beraberce Association office; furthermore, they must attend an orientation workshop organized by Beraberce Association before their travel.
  • The participants are tasked with sharing their experiences, observations, daily activities and fascinating ideas gathered during the exchange program via a blog. The blog will be bilingual – both Turkish and English.
  • Upon completion of the program, it is expected that the participants will share their experiences and observations during panels, presentations, and workshops which will be organized; and that they provide mentorship to the participants who will participate in the program in the following phase.
  • It is expected that as a result of their gathered experience the participants will provide suitable suggestions which can be apply to memory site as an exhibition method or visitor programs.

 

8.3. Beraberce Association will organize the travel/health insurance and the logistics of transportation, as well as maintain the communication with the host institution. Furthermore, Beraberce Association will assume the role of facilitating the visa processes, provide suggestions for accommodations, and provide the necessary support for the participants during their stay abroad.

 

8.4. It is expected that the host institutions will provide the participants with the opportunity for learning, experience and growth; supportive educational programs; and a recommendation for a mentor.

 

8.5. If any unexpected situation arises, the participant and/or the host institution should directly contact Beraberce Association

For any questions or further information, please contact us at: xchange@dvvinternational.web.tr

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