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We shape educational encounters!

 

Our vision

In the nationwide project "witness of the witnesses" (German: „Zeugen der Zeitzeugen“) we want to encounter the last generation of Holocaust survivors and their children and grandchildren, to engage in dialogue with them and to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, now and in the future. The young people thereby become witness of the witness who can act as multipliers and keep the memory of the Holocaust and the life stories entrusted to us alive. We strengthen the relations between Germany and Israel through bilateral travels.

 

Whoever listens to a witness, becomes a witness [...]. We do not live in the past, but the past remains in the present.

Eli Wiesel, in 2002 / 2010, Holocaust survivor (quote)

Our patron Mirna Funk

How about a different culture of memory then? One that does not only refer to the victims and that does not ikonize perpetrators. After all it feels, as if Himmler, Goebbels, Hitler, Göring, Eichmann and some landed Aliens killed all beloved Jews.
How about a culture of memory that teaches children that they are part of history because they understand that their grandparents and great-grandparents have been part of history too? The way “Zeugen der Zeitzeugen” enables encounters between young and old, descendents of perpetrators and victims, […] this can succeed. If young Germans and Israelis simply ask each other: “Where was your grandpa during the Holocaust?”, then educational encounters happen like as “Zeugen der Zeitzeugen”.

Mirna Funk, Journalist and author

 

Mirna Funk was born in 1981 in East Berlin and studied philosophy and history at Humboldt University in Berlin. She worked as independent journalist and author, among others for “Neon”, “L’Officiel Germany” and “Die Zeit” and writes about cultural phenomena, identity and her life between Berlin and Tel Aviv. In 2015 her debut novel “Winternähe” was published, for which she was awarded the "Uwe Johnson prize” for the best German-language debut.