Retour – remember together to understand better

Retour

remember together to understand better

Duration: April 2022 – March 2024

Partners

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Centre européen Robert Schuman
France

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European Information Centre
Bulgaria

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KRITI
Greece
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Politicti vezni.eu
Czech Republic
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Stowarzyszenie „Europa Iuvenis“
Poland

EU Programme

Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV)

Retour – remember together to understand better

Short description of the project

The main objectives of the project are: Promoting a better and mutual understanding of historical turning points and changes in Europe in the 20th century and time of colonialism through personal exchanges, testimonials, workshops, seminars, visits on memorial sites and exhibitions; knowing, learning and teaching about these historical events in an interactive way (creation and exchange of pedagogical tools like videos with witnesses, city walks) and connect general learning from the past with local history and memorial sites; raising awareness among European citizens of their common history, cultural heritage and values through dialogues, discussions and participative activities; involving all interested citizens regardless their culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and geographical area; promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue – fighting anti-democratic, racist, xenophobic, homophobic and other tendencies in our societies by explaining the importance of our common European values through the remembrance about societies were this values and rights were not existing.

MEETINGS

1. Meeting in Potsdam/Germany, 7th to 9th of June 2022

2. Meeting in Jáchymov/Czech Republic from 2nd to 4th of August 2022

3. Meeting in Crete/Greece from 26th to 30th of September 2022

4. Online Meeting 19th of October 2022

5. Meeting in Opole/Poland from 1st to 3rd of February 2023

6. Meeting in Scy-Chazelles/ France from 14th to 16th of June 2023

7. Meeting in Veliko Tarnovo/Bulgaria from 18th to 20th of October 2023

8. Online meeting 4th of December 2023.

 

FIRST MEETING IN POTSDAM/GERMANY

From 7th to 10th of June 2022, the first physical meeting of the EU-project Remember together to understand each other better (RETOUR) took place in Potsdam/Germany.

26 participants from six different countries participated in this event: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece and Poland.

The main objectives of this meeting were:

  • get to know each other
  • input of Germany’s past focussing on concrete historical events during the Nazism time (e.g. Jew Orphanage in the village of Caputh)
  • raising awareness by visiting the Memorial site “Lindenstraße” in Potsdam
  • knowing, learning and teaching about these historical events in an interactive way (action bound and guided tour for a city walk with link to historical places and sites)
  • involving all interested citizens regardless their culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and geographical area.

Further information about the meeting: event-description-sheet_cerv-rem-civ-netw_Potsdam

SECOND MEETING IN JÁCHYMOV/CZECH REPUBLIC

From 2nd to 4th of August 2022, 28 participants from the 6 different European countries met in Jáchymov in Czech Republic to discover and learn more about the history of this place. Memorial places like the Štola č.1 (mining skansen), the former uranium labor camps and mines Svornost, Nikolaj, Eliáš and Rovnost, but also the place of memory of “Řetízkárna” (prisoners´ changing room) and the Memorial of Victims of Violence in the 20th Century in Ostrov nad Ohří were visited and the participants got further information about it. Besides, they learned more about the EU-program CERV and the priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Short movie about this meeting: Video by Centre européen Robert Schuman / Till Baerwaldt

Further information about the meeting: event-description-sheet_cerv-rem-civ-netw_Jachymov

THIRD MEETING IN HERAKLION AND CHANIA/GREECE

From 26th to 29th of September 2022, 25 participants from the 6 different European countries met on the beautiful island of Crete to discuss and exchange about different topics of the time of World War II and how it was experienced in Crete. Therefor, different workshops took place directly in the memorial places:

  1. Workshop: “The stories of two children in the storm of World War II”, Konstantinos, Mamalakis, Historical researcher.
  2. Workshop: Aspects of Resistance in the Battle of Crete.
  3. Workshop: Visit of WW2 exhibition, listen to information and unknown stories of The Battle of Crete.
  4. Visit the Allied War Cemetery Souda Bay

Event Highlights were: Visit of the Maleme airfield from above, visit of the War monuments around the area of the battle, Exploration of the WWII exhibitions in museums, visit of the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries, exchange about analytic details about the historical battle of Crete.

Video on Facebook about the meeting in Crete

Further information about the meeting: event-description-sheet_Greece

ONLINE MEETING

On the 19th of October 2022, the first Onlinemeeting of the EU-project Remember together to understand each other better (RETOUR) took place on the platform Zoom. There were also groups of participants who met in presence to follow the discussion in front of one device.

Schedule:

11:00 – 11:05 Short Introduction RETOUR and CERS

11:05 – 11:25 Presentation of the letter of Fiquelmont

11:25 – 11:45 Presentation of work results from pupils of the Fabert high school, Lorraine, FR

11:45 – 11:55 Discussion in Breakout-Rooms (National Groups)

11:55 – 12:05 Presentation of results from the groups

12:05 – 12:10 Conclusion

163 participants from six different countries participated in this event: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece and Poland.

The main objectives of this meeting were:

  • Learn more about the Letter of Fiquelmont
  • Encourage participants to connect the historical events with today’s events
  • knowing, learning and teaching about these historical events in an interactive way
  • involving all interested citizens regardless their culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status.

Further information about the online meeting: event-description-sheet_cerv-rem-Online-meeting

FOURTH MEETING IN OPOLE/POLAND

The next meeting will be from 1st to 3rd of February 2023 in Opole in Poland.