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Sound in the Silence 2017 (22 September – 1 October)

Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
photo by ho visto nina volare / / CC BY-SA 2.0

“Sound in the Silence” is an intercultural and interdisciplinary remembrance project. It is a way to reach young people through the use of various artistic forms, giving them a way to express their feelings on history through the means of music, dance, theater, and their own texts. Its aim is to find new ways of looking at the history of Europe, of our nations, states, regions, and of building upon the past in our present lives.

About Ravensbrück

This year our project will be held in the former Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp – the largest concentration camp for women in the German Reich. German authorities began construction of the camp in November 1938, at a site near the village of Ravensbrück in northern Germany, about 50 miles north of Berlin. The first prisoners interned at Ravensbrück were approximately 900 women whom the SS had transferred from the Lichtenburg women’s concentration camp in Saxony in May 1939. By the end of 1942, the female inmate population of Ravensbrück had grown to about 10,000. In January 1945 the camp had more than 50,000 prisoners, mostly women. The inmates came from over 30 countries.

Partner of 2017 edition: The Ravensbrück Memorial

The SS established the largest concentration camp for women on German territory at Ravensbrück. Ravensbrück Memorial presents the camp’s history in various exhibitions and commemorates the fate of tens of thousands of women who were imprisoned in the concentration camp and had to conduct forced labour. Since 2002, there has been an international youth meeting centre at the memorial.

In 2017 the Sound in the Silence project will take place between 22 September and 1 October.