On 24 February 2016, Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum submitted an application for the EU’s Europe for Citizens Programme after almost two years of preparation, for the networking of 11 European associated project partners working with the subject of the First and Second World Wars. Here is a small video message to all project partners and interested parties:
The aim of the project is to achieve a culture of remembrance in Europe at a significantly higher level by networking national individual activities. Different educational establishments and schools from four European countries will cooperate in the future in the international youth meetings at historically significant locations in relation to the history of the First and Second Word Wars.
- Heinrich-Heine School, Karlshagen
- Runge Gymnasium, Wolgast
- European Comprehensive School, Island of Usedom
- Youth Meeting and Educational Centre Golm
- Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum
- Świnoujście Lyceum
- Warsaw Uprising Museum
- Museum of the former Stutthof concentration camp
- Cesar-Franck Athenaeum, Kelmis
- Autonome Hochschule/GrenzGeschichte DG, Kelmis
- Alfred Kastler-College Merville Franceville
In the pilot phase of the project in 2014/2015, several work and school meetings already took place with the future project partners in France, Poland and Germany.
The networking and work at authentic locations that permanently changed and shaped European history promoted historical awareness amongst young people in the European Union. Cooperative work at extracurricular places of learning, exchange and meetings convey values such as tolerance, understanding and togetherness. Transnational European historical awareness enables students to understand cultural, historical and political similarities and differences, turning national cultures of remembrance into a European culture of remembrance.
The basis of the cooperation is the existing European city and school partnerships of the applicants, agreements between the administrative district of Vorpommern-Greifswald and the German-speaking community in Belgium/Wallonia, as well as the international school work at the HTM Peenemünde, which started over 15 years ago, with Polish partners and the Youth Meeting and Educational Centre Golm (JBS). The project was supported by the Baltic sea community of Heringsdorf.
By invitation from HTM Peenemünde and the administrative district of Vorpommern-Greifswald, the two-day work conference, “Networking of European Places of Learning about the First and Second World War” took place on 25.10.2016 in Peenemünde and on 26.10.2016 at the Youth Meeting and Education Centre in Golm. The aim of the work conference was to get to know project partners and expand collaboration.
During the conference, the first deputy of the district head of Vorpommern Greifswald, Jörg Hasselmann, handed over a trinational education agreement, already signed by the town of Świnoujście, to the Minister for Education and Scientific Research of the German-speaking Community of Belgium, Harald Mollers.
Within the framework of the international youth meetings, international youth projects have been taking place at the museum in Peenemünde since 1999. These are carried out in cooperation with the “Norddeutsche Jugend im internationalen Gemeinschaftsdienst (North German Youth in International Community Service) e.V.” association. Here, young people from all over the world become involved mainly in the monument landscape of Peenemünde and with their work and deliberate examination of the historical location, they make clear marks of understanding, tolerance and togetherness.