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NO2WAR - Eurpean remembrance project - Europe for Citizens

 

 

Europe for Citizens

 

 

The project Scribbled On a Cell Wall - lessons from the past taught to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, totalitarian regimes, and intolerance was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens"

 

 

Applicable to the Strand 2 – Measure 2.2 "Networks of Towns"

Measure 2.3 "Civil Society Projects"

Strand 1 – "European Remembrance"

 

5 events have been carried out within this project:

Event 1

Participation: The event involved 17 citizens, including 6 participants from the city of Kistarcsa (Hungary), 3 participants from the city of Dresden (Germany), 3 participants from the city of Olesnica (Poland), 2 participants from the city of Kopacevo (Croatia), and 3 participants from the city of Kalonda (Slovakia).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Kistarcsa, Hungary, from 28/08/2017 to 30/08/2017
Short description:
The aim of the event was to determine key elements of the project. A coordination team led by a Project Manager was be set up to assure that the project stayed on track throughout its 11 key Phases and 4 main transnational Events. It focused on methodology validation, forged agreements as to the types of activities and events that was to be organized in each country

 

Event 2
Participation: The event involved 132 citizens, including 92 participants from the city of Kistarcsa (Hungary), 2 participants from the city of Dresden (Germany), 3 participants from the city of Olesnica (Poland), 25 participants from the city of Kopacevo (Croatia), and 10 participants from the city of Kalonda (Slovakia)..

Location / Dates: The event took place in Kistarcsa, Hungary, from 23/10/2017 to 25/10/2017
Short description:  The aim of the event was to kick-off the project. The event began with the Commemoration of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956, and wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Wall of the former Internment Camp of Kistarcsa. Memorial Concert by Student Band of the Simandy József Elementary School was performed following with the commemoration speech by the Mayor of Kistarcsa. Presentations about the Internment Camp and Detention Center in Kistarcsa, and discussions about the roles, tasks and responsibilities of the project partners. Next day followed a study visit to Recski Nemzeti Emlékpark. On October 25, 2017 partners visited the House of Terror Museum and Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest in order to continue with the research on totalitarian regimes in Hungary.

 

Event 3
Participation: The project involved 78 citizens, notably 54 participants from the city of Dresden (Germany), participants from the city of Prague (Czech Republic), 4 participants from the city of Kistarcsa (Hungary), 17 participants from the city of Olesnica (Poland), and 3 participants from the city of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Location / Dates: the event took place in Dresden, Germany, from 12/02/2018 to 14/02/2018
Short description: The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of remembrance. By reflecting on the aftermath of WWII and the causes of totalitarian regimes such as Nazism that led to the Holocaust through study-visits, and round-table discussions different perspectives and points of view were examined and discussed. On February 13, 2018 participants had the following on their agenda: Guided study-visit to the Militär Historisches Museum Dresden (Military History Museum of Dresden), where the exhibits and references to the fairly violent history of the European continent yet again urged representatives of the No2War partners to recognize and realize that strengthening the foundations for continued intercultural dialogue and increase of mutual understanding is the only way forward for our continent. Participants attended a performance called “Peace Heroes and the day was wrapped up by a walk in the Old City and participation in the annual Human Chain – Menschenkette which commemorates the Firebombing of Dresden on February 13, 1945 and sends a message of "peace and reconciliation." February 14, 2018 was dedicated to a Guided Tour of the City of Dresden which included an extramural history lecture. It was followed by more history with a Study-visit to the Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße, a memorial for the victims of the GDR Ministry for State Security (Stasi). The highlight of the day was the event titled KUNST des ERINNERNS - Europa Neu Denken / Art of Remembrance - Envisioning Europe, which featured among others lectures and round table discussions on topics relevant to the general objectives, specific aims and annual priorities of the Europe for Citizens Programme, such as:

- how to encourage democratic & civic participation of citizens at local, regional, and EU level

- what needs to be done at local, regional and national level to develop citizens' understanding of the EU policy making process

- what are the tools to promote opportunities for societal & intercultural engagement at EU level

- how to boost volunteering that strengthens the fabric of local communities

 

Event 4.

Participation: The event involved 81 citizens, including 55 participants from the city of Olesnica (Poland), 4 participants from the city of Kistarcsa (Hungary), 13 from the city of Dresden (Germany), 5 participants from the city of Kopacevo (Croatia), and 4 participants from the city of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Olesnica, Poland, from 08/05/2018 to 11/05/2018
Short description:  The aim of this event was also to undertake a series of study visits to sites that highlight the importance of remembrance and show how the fragility of memory preserves the past and brings with it the hope of a better future. By reflecting on the aftermath of WWII and the causes of totalitarian regimes such as Nazism that led to the Holocaust through workshops, study-visits, and round-table discussions different perspectives and points of view will be examined and discussed. Sites: Gross-Rosen Nazi Death Camp, Chamber of Memories in Bogusice.

 

Event 5.

Participation: The event involved 133 citizens, including 92 participants from the city of Kistarcsa (Hungary, 37 participants from the city of Olesnica (Poland), 2 participants from the city of Dresden (Germany), and 2 participants from the city of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Kistarcsa, Hungary from 23/10/2018 to 24/10/2018
Short description:  This event aimed at emphasizing the importance of active remembrance and preservation of memory with special focus on totalitarian regimes such as Communism and the its victims that perished during Soviet regimes, or while deported to GULÁG and GUPVI camps. October 23, 2018 marks the 61 year anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956. Given that Kistarcsa, Hungary and the Internment Camp located within its city limits had a significant role during the events of the Revolution, No2War participants attended special celebrations held here to commemorations and honor the memory of the fallen Hungarian freedom fighters.