European Network Remembrance and Solidarity Die Motte Foundation

Edition 2011: Neuengamme

About the project

From September 19th  to September 26th 2011 the intercultural memorial project “Sound in the Silence” was hosted by the borough of Altona and cultural center MOTTE e.V. in cooperation with the Gymnasium  Altona/Hohenzollernring, Polish students from the Gymnasium Zespól Szkól Nr. 11 in Koszalin and the concentration camp memorial Neuengamme.

The location and its history were the starting point for the students and participating artists to touch on in an open-ended creative process. They could express their ideas and feelings through text, music and dance without pressure to perform. For one week the 14-17 year old students developed a performance in the brick factory located in the Neuengamme concentration camp memorial. The teenagers were instructed by artists from USA and Germany.

The results of the five day long workshop were presented in front of parents, friends and other
audience members in a thirtyfive minute long performance on September 24 at the FABRIK and
in front of four school classes on September 26 at the concentration camp memorial Neuengamme.