Online laboratory on remembering non-violent resistance against the Nazi regime

3 Dec 2020

Online laboratory on remembering non-violent resistance

About the Online laboratory

In times of right-wing and neofascist politics on the rise across Europe, it is more than important to remember the atrocities of the Nazi-fascist regime and the forms of non-violent resistance that took place against it, e.g. individual/collective stories of solidarity, support to politically and racially persecuted, fleeing soldiers and other war victims; the role of women, clandestine press, peasants’ and workers’ struggles, resistance of Jews and others persecuted in concentration camps; the role of teachers, intellectuals and religious people. How could and did regular citizens around Europe resist against the terror and violence inflicted by the National Socialists? How do we remember these resistance fighters today? And how could these people from history inspire us to stand up for human rights and just societies today?

How will it work? In this Online laboratory, participants will discuss and reflect about these questions through interactive discussion methods, individual research, creativity and different reflection methods. The participants will create multimedia outputs around resistance against the Nazi regime through social media, video, interviews, Wikipedia articles, journalism or research.

When? From 4 to 11 January 2021, every day for 3 hours in the afternoon via Zoom video call and in the mornings, the participants will have individual tasks to fulfill.

Zoom, but make it fun! This is not university or school, the video calls will be fun and engaging.  Non-formal education methods will be used, as well as participatory discussion and the Theater of the Oppressed method.


Who can participate?

  • VSI members between 18 and 35 years old  -  not a member yet? Join now!
  • Interested in history of National Socialism and non-violent resistance against it
  • Able to fully participate in the project every day
  • Motivated to create follow-up projects

We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds to apply.


How can I apply?

Please contact Mateja to express your interest in applying and fill out this application form until 6 December 2020:
Participants need to be members of VSI. You also need good Internet connection, and a laptop camera and microphone.

We will get back to you with the selection results by the 15 December 2020.


Who organises this?

SCI Austria is the Austrian branch of the peace organisation Service Civil International. Founded in 1947, they've been organising international volunteer projects and educational projects around peace and social justice. You can find out more on their website

This online laboratory is part of the project “Nonviolent European Resistance” (nEures), which is funded by the European Union through the Europe for Citizens programme. You can find out more about the project here: