Sound in the Silence 2016

Oswiecim/Auschwitz, Poland and Žilina, Slovakia 29.9. - 7.10.2016

Sound in the Silence / Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial 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. The participants started a journey in the footsteps of Vrba and Wetzler, commemorating in this way all the prisoners who tried to escape from the camp. This journey together with the historical workshops in Auschwitz and the excerpts from the accounts of prisoners were the background for the artistic project. The students participated in artistic workshops and created a performance in which they explored the meaning of resistance. They presented their final performance in the cultural center Stanica, Žilina. The result was an expressive, inter-cultural dialogue that acts as a catalyst for healing, listening, and understanding.
Artistic Director Dan Wolf: “We strongly believe that the project helped the students to understand the history better and to find the connection between the history and their own life.”.

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Participating Schools:

  • Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium from Budapest
  • Miguel de Cervantes high school from Warsaw
  • Irena Sendler Schule from Hamburg
  • Gimnazjum J.G. Tajovského from Banska Bystrica

Artists / Directors of Workshops:
Dan Wolf – artistic coordiator of the whole project, creative writing workshop
Katarina Rampackova – dancing workshop
Zsofia Geresdi – scenography workshop
Jakub Roszkowski – theatre workshop

Cooperation Partner:
ENRS-European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.
With support of: With support of: BKM Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Ministry of Human Capacities, Ministerswo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego, Ministerul Culturii Romania, Ministerstvo Kultury Slovenskej Republiky.
In cooperation with: Stanica Zilina-Zariecie, Memorial Auschwitz Birkenau, Ustav Pamati Maroda. BKM – Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.