Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen

Youth Meetings and Work Camps

International Youth Meetings

The Sachsenhausen Memorial organises bi-, tri- or multinational youth meetings in the International Youth Centre “Haus Szczypiorski”. The programme is designed in close cooperation with the organizers.

Participants explore the historical site and focus on the history of National Socialism and the Second World War as well as its consequences up to the present day. Together, they trace the life stories of people from all over Europe who were interned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp for a variety of different reasons. As a result, they get to know the Sachsenhausen Memorial as an international place of commemoration, in which different perspectives on history converge. Meeting in an international group enables participants to become aware of the different national and cultural factors that influence memories and ways of seeing history and to discuss these and acknowledge them, even when they challenge their own view.

Games, excursions and time spent together ensure that the participants get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

International work camps

Each summer, international work camps take place in the Sachsenhausen Memorial in co-operation with the Youth Volunteers Association Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V. (VjF) and other partner organisations.

These work camps combine history education with practical involvement in caring for and preserving the Memorial. The programme includes research, creative projects and discussions with experts, as well as discussions and excursions around the history of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the Soviet Special Camp.

The recreational programme and communal cooking in the International Youth Centre allow participants from all over the world to grow together over the three weeks of the camp.