July 30, 2018
In cooperation between the Anne Frank House and the Anne Frank Zentrum, and the support of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), the Summer School »1938.2018. Remember the Past. Respond to the Present« is taking place in Berlin this week.
More than 80 young people, of sixteen nationalities, are involved in the worldwide activities of the Anne Frank House, the Anne Frank Zentrum as well as their strategic partners. These participants are together to commemorate the November Progroms of 1938. They will reflect on its relevance for today and respond to discrimination and prejudice by developing an educational activity upon their return.
Anne Frank Youth Network
As the participants are part of the networks of international Anne Frank organisations they bring with them skills in peer education, sensitivity to confront anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination and have experiences in collaborative project work.
In addition, participants will have the opportunity to have a talk with Members of Parliament of the German Bundestag, learn from testimonies of Holocaust survivors, visit various sites of historical significance and develop their creative skills in a selection of learning tracks.
Ronald Leopold, executive director Anne Frank House: ‘Being part of the Anne Frank Youth Network means that you are not alone in responding to discrimination and prejudice. Therefore we hope that the activities that you will implement will be documented and shared online as part of the collective actions to commemorate 1938 November Pogroms. We hope this week echoes across the world with you.’
The Anne Frank House was established on 3 May 1957 in cooperation with Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. Otto Frank was convinced that young people needed to be motivated that contributing to a better world is both necessary and possible. He envisioned bringing together young people from all over the world to meet, create mutual understanding and share their common ideals, inspired by the story of Anne Frank. In the sixties such gatherings took place on a regular basis.