How do we commemorate Nazi crimes today, 70 years after the end of the 2nd World War? What role does the Holocaust – the murder of the European Jews – play for a public debate and for the political culture in Germany as well as in Israel? What are the lessons learned from the past and how far does the often referred to “German responsibility” for the Nazi past actually reach? And how do the consequences of the Holocaust affect Israeli society today?
REMEMBERING looks for answers to those questions. 18 young people from Israel and Germany will tell us what the Holocaust means to them and research their own family histories, then translate the outcome into short films, texts and photographs.
REMEMBERING wants to encourage young people to approach their own history in a creative way and to reflect upon the difference in perspectives from the sides of the perpetrators or of the victims. We will provide our participants with the necessary media competence: they will be trained in directing, multi-media storytelling, basic camera work and film editing.
The focus lays on the history of the Holocaust, the different national narratives – reflecting either the perpetrator country or the nation state that gave a new home to the survivors – and the individual reflections of the participants on their own history and self-understanding.
REMEMBERING takes the differences between Germany and Israel concerning collective cultures of commemoration seriously – and gives space for an active confrontation, a dialogue, a discourse, which will breathe life into the memory – because, history and discourses on commemoration connect the grand- and great-grand-children of victims and perpetrators.
REMEMBERING wants to build bridges – between young people from Israel and Germany, between religious and secular people, between young immigrants and natives – because we want to depict social reality in all its diversity – in Germany and in Israel.
REMEMBERING explains contexts: an experienced team of professional filmmakers, journalists, educators and historians outlines, expands upon and encourages discussions for a critical confrontation. Well-known authors will give guest lectures and commentary.
REMEMBERING is an attempt to preserve the notion of responsibility and promote an understanding for the social and political consequences of the Holocaust, even beyond the death of the survivors.