Why are we running this project?
Finding a way of dealing with current and past conflicts is one of the greatest challenges conflict and post-conflict societies are facing. The parties involved in the conflict often stick to their respective interpretations of what happened. People seldom take a more subtle viewpoint that considers things from their opponent’s perspective or compares the situation with other examples. In many countries, there are dedicated members of civil society, as well as an increasing number of journalists, whose work focuses on dealing with history, searching for the truth, and developing cultures of remembrance. For such initiatives, however, there is usually very little opportunity to pursue international exchange.
What are our goals?
The program enables up to 25 representatives of civil organizations and journalists to gain insights into the approaches, methods, and current challenges surrounding the process of coming to terms with the past in Germany.
How does the project work?
During their two-week seminar program, the participants visit various memorial sites in Germany and meet contemporary witnesses, experts on German remembrance, politicians, journalists, and representatives of civil society. In 2014, the program, which was previously only open to participants from southeastern Europe, was expanded to include participants from all over the world.
There is an annual call for submissions for applications to take part in the trip.