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“Dig Where You are Standing” Malchow: A sub-camp of Ravensbrück

author Ulrike Jäger 

Students began by surveying classmates about their knowledge of the Malchow concentration camp, a sub-camp of Ravensbrück. In order to keep the camp’s memory alive in the town, the students conducted an archaeological dig and compiled information resulting from their studies. In 1997, the project won second prize in the first statewide contest about memorial work in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Project derived from partner website “Lernen aus der Geschichte”.

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Memento. The Children’s Concentration Camp at Litzmannstadt

author Małgorzata Kołodziejska and Anna Słowińska 

The point of departure for the search of to students for traces in local history was the “Memorial of the Broken Hearts”, commemorating the so-called detention camp for Polish juveniles, where the SS had imprisoned Polish youths under inhumane conditions. The topic of the competition was “The Most Important Event in the History of My Home Town. Witnesses and Testimonies”. The project presented here was carried out by two secondary school students. They collected reports of contemporary witnesses and carried out research work in the library. The write-up of their work and research findings was handed in as a contribution towards the competition.

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The Battle for the Past


As Andy Potts writes “Russia’s culture ministry, headed by the ultra-patriotic Vladimir Medinsky, is barreling into another row over the country’s recent history. The abrupt withdrawal of funding for Perm-36, a museum on the site of a former gulag camp in the northern Urals, has outraged many who believe that Russia is embarking on a dangerous game of whitewashing its Soviet past.”