The History begins in the family project in figures. Part I

Early in the morning of 28 August, huge final hugs were given in Oldau before the bus set out from Germany, heading for Poland and Ukraine. This was the end of the part of ‘History begins in the family’ project. The project is organised by Foundations for Freedom INGO, the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim/Auschwitz and Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation/Bergen-Belsen Memorial in co-operation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

When it comes to making conclusions, only first impressions and successes can be shared, because new meetings are about to take place, but below are statistics from our first meeting:

Three countries – Germany, Poland and Ukraine.

Group of participants of the History begins in the family project, Oldau, Lower Saxony, Germany

Four languages – English, Ukrainian, Polish and German.

History begins in the family project. Seminar during the youth encounter in Oldau, Germany.

Twenty one participants from three countries.

Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project
Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project
Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project

Four speakers.

Photo of the coordination group of the History begins in the family project

We spent 48 hours to get from Lviv to Krakow, from Krakow to Oldau and back home.

Four full of work active days, which usually began at 8 am and lasted till the evening.

Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project

Two days spent in Bergen-Belsen.

Entrance gates of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany
Inside of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany
Visiting the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany

Four interviews made in international groups.

Running interviews by participants within the History begins in the family project
Running interviews in groups within the Histrory begins in the family project
Running interviews in groups within the History begins in the family project
Photo from the interview session of the History begins in the family project
Photo of a group running interview within the History begins in the family project

Four sleepless nights. Having been surrounded by such wonderful people, we didn’t have time even to dream about sleeping. How could we manage to stay full of energy and go on working in the morning?!

Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project
Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project

Twenty one lyalka-motanka (handmade dolls) made by participants during the celebration of the Day of Independence of Ukraine.

Day of Independence of Ukraine in Oldau

One Belgian dance learned in free time.

Dancing dances on one of evenings of the German encounter
Daniel shows amusing energizer to the group

One home task.

Photo from the German encounter of the History begins in the family project

And finally, there was something beyond figures. The last day was rich in hundreds of hugs and wishes, a lot of smiles and an immense amount of shared happiness. Everyone has already started planning the next meeting, which is about to take place in Poland.

We will definitely share with you more figures in the future.

For now, being inspired and full of energy, let’s start doing our home task!

Translated by Yuliya Levytska
Photos: Oleksa Stasevych and Daniel Seifert