New Forms of Remembrance

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Sound in the Silence
MOTTE has been engaged with the principal of remembrance for several years and initiated projects of “New Forms of Remembrance”.

We’ve asked ourselves: how can history be presented in the future when there are no eyewitnesses left? How do we reach young people, for whom fascism in Europe and the Second World War seem in the distant past? How do we present the history of German National Socialism to children of migrants in Germany?
The project „Sound in the Silence“ was initiated with artist Jens Huckeriede† as a way to reach young people through the use of various artistic forms. They are emotionally moved because they are able to express themselves through music, dance, theater, and their own texts. „Sound in the Silence“ succeeds in transferring their questions about history to the present.
The historical significance of the locations is the inspiration for the students and participating artists to engage in an open-ended creative process. They could express their ideas and feelings through text, music, film, theatre and dance.

»Sound in the Silence« 2011-2015

An intercultural memorial project 2011-2013 - since 2012 in cooperation with ENRS European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. Youth exchange between German and Polish students from Hamburg and Koszalin 2011-2013. A project with artists from Koszalin and Wrocław, Poland, San Francisco and New York, USA and Hamburg, Germany.
The students worked through German and Polish history; the topics of home, expulsion, and tolerance together with artists from San Francisco, New York, Koszalin, Wrocław, and Hamburg. After the death of Jens Huckeriede in 2013 - Dan Wolf continued the project as artistic director.
With cooperation partner ENRS  part four of the project continued in 2015 in Gdańsk with students and artists from Germany, Poland and Ungary. Artistic Director is Dan Wolf, San Francisco, USA.The artists worked with texts and music and utilized the various languages as an artistic medium. The artistic process was started in collaboration with the students. Utilizing individual, family histories as well as other’s biographies, an intercultural dialogue results in the past touching the present.


Wolf Brothers - The Story


"Sound in the Silence" 2016

Students from Hamburg, Poland, Hungary and Slowakia began the project in Oswiecim/Auschwitz. They learned about the stories of people who tried to escape from the concentration camp.

Among others, participants heard the stories about August Kowalczyk, Witold Pilecki, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler who could escape from Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp.

"Sound in the Silence" Gdańsk, Poland 2015

2015 part four of the project continued in Gdańsk with students and artists from Germany, Poland and Ungary. Artistic Director is Dan Wolf, San Francisco, USA.

Students from Budapest, Hamburg and Legnica met in Gdańsk for an encounter with artists from San Francisco, Budapest, Hamburg and Krakov.

"Sound in the Silence" 2013 - USA

Sound in the Silence - Jewish Community Center- USA 2013 - Foto: Jens Huckeriede

Jewish Community Center and Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco and in Chicago at Sullivan Highschool.
In September 2013 a group made up of Germans and Pole travelled to the United States to present the intercultural and international remembrance project, “Sound in the Silence”.

Two students from Altona Gymnasium who were part of the projects at the Neuengamme Memorial Concentration Camp and in Borne Sulinowo and two Polish students from Gymnasium Number 3 in Koszalin, who

"Sound in the Silence" 2012 - Borne Sulinowo, Poland

Foto by Marcin Oliva Soto - Sound in the Silence

The second encounter between students from the Altona Gymnasium (high school) in Hamburg/Germany and the Gymnasium Number 3 in Koszalin (Zespół Szkół Nr 11 im. ks. Jana Twardowskiego)/Poland took place September 8-15, 2012 in Koszalin and in the Borne Sulinowo Memorial Site in Poland.

After a two-day stay in Koszalin and Kolobrzeg, the first meeting in the school, and visit by the German students with Polish families, everyone traveled to Borne Solinowo for an introductory lectu

"Sound in the Silence" 2011 - Neuengamme

Ulrich Gerlach

From September 19-26 the intercultural memorial project “sound in the silence” was hosted by the borough of Altona and cultural center MOTTE e.V. in cooperation with the Gymnasium Altona, Polish students from the Gymnasium Zespól Szkól in Koszalin and the concentration camp memorial Neuengamme.

For one week the 14-17 year old students compiled a performance composed of theater, dance and musical elements in the brick factory of the concentration camp memorial Neuengamme.

Cooperation with Dan Wolf

The story of the once very popular "Gebrüder Wolf"started at the end of the 19th century in Hamburg.

The story of the Gebrüder Wolf

In 1895, three sons of a butcher from the Hamburg "Neustadt", Ludwig, Leopold und James Isaac, founded the "Wolf-Trio", and entertained their audiences with parodies, humorous n

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jcc_greg_zeman_article_dan_wolf.pdf196.74 KB
usa_interview_jens_dan_engl_2013_21.12.13.pdf123.67 KB
sound_in_the_silence_usa_2013_report_EN.pdf2.75 MB
sound_borne_sulinowo_2012_report_EN.pdf1.06 MB
sound_in_the_silence_2011_book_de_pl_en.pdf6.83 MB
sound_in_the_silence_2011_report_EN.pdf6.15 MB