SCI Germany Online Project: “Let’s make sound in the silence” – Ravensbrück goes Digital is back!

14 Oct 2021

Volunteer on this fantastic historical online project with SCI Germany! 

*This opportunity has now passed*

Project Dates: 02 November - 05 November 2021

Volunteers needed: 2 

Topic: Antiracism, antifascism, remembrance

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Description: The former women concentration camp of Ravensbrueck was established in 1939 near the small city of Fuerstenberg/Havel. Until the liberation in April 1945, more than 120.000 women and children, 20.000 men, and 1.000 young minor women of the so called “Uckermark Youth Protective Custody Camp” were incarcerated there. The prisoners came from more than 30 nations. They had to do forced labor in different sectors, e.g. for SS-factories or the company of Siemens. Their daily life was characterized by hunger, mistreatments, and bad hygienic conditions. Tens of thousands of prisoners were killed. Today, Ravensbrueck Memorial Museum keeps traces and records, enhances remembrance and research, and creates a place of active learning and get-togethers. Every year this international project is organized in cooperation with the Memorial site. 

Type of Work: Volunteers will learn together about the history of the women’s concentration camp Ravensbrück, analyze and discuss video-interviews with Ravensbrück survivors and create individual art to honour these survivors and their stories. As volunteers you will pre-process interviews of the Memorials media collection to make them accessible. Please inform us which language skills you have!

Study Theme: Prisoners and female SS-guards, forced labour, commemoration and remembrance at Ravensbrück Memorial;  The group will meet survivors of Ravensbrück Women’s Camp online.

Language: The group will speak English. 

Time Commitment: Times for the online ZOOM sessions will be finalised closer to the start of the project. 

Availability: Please note that there is limited availability for online projects, so we allocate these places on a first come, first served basis. 

Requirements: 

  • You need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. If you’re not yet a member, it’s easy to sign up - you can read more here, complete the membership form and pay your membership on this link (€20 for unwaged individuals, €40 for waged individuals). If you want to participate in one of our online projects but you are unable to pay the VSI membership fee, please let VSI know in confidence by emailing ivp@vsi.ie so we can help you to take part in the project.
  • You'll need a laptop (smartphones or tablets won't work) and a good internet connection that works with video calls for the project.
  • You'll need to send a motivation letter (just a short paragraph) to ivp@vsi.ie stating why you are interested in joining the project as well as confirming your availability to particpate throughout the whole project.
  • Finally, you'll need to fill out the application form below:

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