On 27 January, on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi concentration camp, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated. For this occasion, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and the House of the Wannsee Conference have prepared a short animated film entitled “Memento”, directed by the Hungarian artist Zoltán Szilágyi Varga.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated as such by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 in order to make future generations sensitive to the tragedy of the Holocaust and so prevent in that way any future acts of genocide. The Day is commemorated on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi concentration camp.
‘In Between? Searching for local histories in European borderlands’ aims at encouraging a new generation of Europeans aged 18-25 to explore 20th-century history through talking to those who have experienced it. Following the project formula, groups of young people go to some of Europe's culturally most interesting border regions in order to meet local residents and help them systematise family archives and record their memories.
Remembrance and Solidarity. Studies in 20th Century European History is a platform for exchange of views between researchers of the history of Central Europe. Texts published on the website will form the basis of scientific studies. The bulletin is addressed to the scientific community (academic staff, undergraduates, graduate students, etc.) as well as a broad group of history enthusiasts (teachers and other interested individuals).
The European Remembrance Symposium is an annual meeting of European institutions dealing with 20th-century history. Its goal is to exchange experiences and establish methods and forms of cooperation between institutions from different countries. Representatives of European historical institutions are invited to discuss the challenges facing Europe’s idea of culture of remembrance. The meetings are open to all professionals dealing with 20th-century European history.
A series of European Remembrance symposiums was launched in September 2012 in Gdańsk. Subsequent editions took place in Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Through the years, hundreds of participants from various organisation from all over Europe took part in the Symposium. This year's edition will take place in Brussels between 6 and 8 June.
‘Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe’ is a project mainly for academics and students, especially those working in the field of memory studies. The central element of this project is an international academic conference held annually in Warsaw. Each of the five previous editions attracted over a hundred scholars from all Europe and overseas. Genealogies of Memory provides the opportunity for memory scholars from our region and other parts of the world to meet and exchange ideas, it also gives them a comparative perspective on how their research fields are addressed in other countries.
"Sound in the Silence" is an interdisciplinary project for school youths that centers on historical education. Each edition of the project concentrates on specific location and history of that location in the 20th century. Youths from at least two countries get to know each other and together they learn about the history, culture and identity. Through artistic expression they express how the area and its history changed their understanding of themselves and friends from other nations. Final result of the project is an art piece co-created by young people.
How to vaccinate young people against totalitarian regimes? How to protect them from totalitarian ideas? As an educational institution European Network Remembrance and Solidarity set itself the objective to better understand the attitudes of young people towards totalitarian regimes and to study their knowledge and associations, so as to better design our projects and educational materials.
The ENRS commissioned an international study aimed at showing what image of totalitarianism prevails in the minds of young people from Central and Eastern Europe. The final report will be available by the end of the year.
On 23 August, on the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes is observed. It was on that day in 1939 that an agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union opened a road towards the tragedy of the second world war and its consequences: concentration camps, gulags, Holocaust, crematoria, labour camps, and many years of the cold war and further criminal regimes. On 23 August, all those are remembered whose deaths were a consequence of the crimes perpetrated by Nazism and Stalinism. The European Network Remembrance and Solidarity encourages everyone to make a symbolic gesture of remembrance by sharing and wearing a special pin with the inscription “Remember. August 23”.
'Hi-story lessons' is a multilingual educational project with the aim of creating an interactive website, which supports the process of teaching and learning about the 20th-century European history. It is an international initiative prepared by the ENRS and experts from Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. The website will be dedicated to teachers and pupils from the countries involved in the project and for a worldwide audience.