Sound in the Silence 2011 - Neuengamme

Encounter of Students from Koszalin, Poland and from Hamburg

Sound in the Silence / Memorial Neuengamme, Hamburg 2011

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. The artistic instruments were utilized to find ways to process the mutual past and to enter into an intercultural dialogue. The teenagers were instructed by artists from San Francisco, New York and Hamburg. The purpose of the workshop was to work through German and Polish history and the countries’ mutual past, so that the past will not be forgotten – but remains alive. The results of the workshops were presented during the closing events at the FABRIK on September 24 and the concentration camp memorial Neuengamme on September 26.

sponsored and supported by: Gymnasium Altona, Hamburg; Gymnasium Zespół Szkół Nr 11 im. ks. Jana Twardowskiego/Koszalin, Polen; KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme; thede Filmproduktion; FABRIK, Hamburg; Generalkonsulat der Republik Polen; U.S. Consulate General Hamburg; Hans Kauffmann Stiftung, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.; Gesellschaft für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit, Hamburg; Eder&Partner; Gabriele Fink Stiftung; XKONTOR COMMUNICATIONS EK.; Neumann Consulting – International Relations; Senatskanzlei der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg.