YA Berlin 2011

Time to say good bye

With the Berlin academy, the last EUSTORY academy in 2011 has ended. So I give the word again to Jorge, for the last time this summer…: Our last day started very relaxed. We commented satisfactorily the interview with Lev Alexandrovich; the results and his answers. Also, we had a conference with a representative of  the Fond “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ), which tries to compensate people affected during WWII because of the Nazi oppression. I liked it very much because on my point of view, it was very realistic, the representative was very clear about the lack of money and they are aware that in many cases, trying to compensate the suffering of a person who, for example spent four years in a concentration camp is derisory. Anyway, money is symbolic and the most import...[Read More]

Day 5: Do you know anything about Domovoj?

I received this text from Jorge at 2.01 am, poor exploited volunteer… Anton (Russia) would say: “Many people ask me: Anton, do you know anything about Domovoj?”In this case we didn’t know anything about Domovoj (who can change his faces, is made of chocolate bars and can reborn 10 times), but also we didn’t know anything about the interesting live and experiences of Lev Alexsandrovitch Netto, the prisoner of war. It has been a very hard day for us and for Lev Alexsandrovitch. 6 hours of interview and it wasn’t enough time to ask him all the questions we had prepared. Kindly, he answered them being helped by an interpreter. It’s very difficult to sum up all that information but we got many unexpected answers. At the beginning you can imagine some of them because maybe you could have s...[Read More]

Day 4: From 500 to 155 questions

Between 400 and 500 interview questions were written this morning for “our” witness. After throwing away some of them such as  “How was the weather like during three years?” (Kaspars was proud of it) we took 155 and the others were sold to Financial Times and New York Times. After earning the millions we needed to buy our mansions in Ibiza we were prepared to interview Lev Alexsandrovitch Netto, our witness. He was prisoner in a POWs camp between 1944 and 1945 because he was soldier of the Red Army, but after the end of the war he was taken to another one (a Goulag) because for Stalin, survival prisoners from war must have been traitors. Nowadays he is 86. Lev came here some days ago in order to let us interview him about his experiences during WWII and also as a Soviet POW, so today, betw...[Read More]

Day 3 in Berlin: SS, concentration camp, a broken toaster and a little of freedom (strange combination).

Even though Jorge was completely exhausted, as you could read in the Blog of the first day, he volunteered again to write… So, Jorge again: It has been a very interesting day today! After taking three trains, three buses (and a flight if it was necessary) we finally arrived to Sachsenhausen memorial. (Well, before writing anything more, I have to say that some rumors have arrived here due to people say that Tina is exploiting us. That is NOT true. We only need some oxygen masks to survive) After that subsection (the truth is that today we can’t complain about anything because they have given us free time) let explain today’s experience: We have been in a concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, close to Berlin. The experience is rare because it was very interesting (I think that was one ...[Read More]

Second day: How is the fate of POWs commemorated today?

The Blogger of today is Ilze from Latvia and I really appreciate her iron will to write a short text after that stressfull day we had, exploring the German-Russian-Museum in Karlshorst, visiting the Memorial Schöneweide and following a lecture about the camp life of Soviet POWs. Not to mention fighting the public transport in Berlin… So here comes Ilze: Today was really interesting day, full of impressions and new experience, quite unusual start for a week. Most of us woke up a bit tired, because of the talking almost until the midnight, but during the day everyone was full of energy and great ideas. Today we went to Karlshorst, where we worked in groups and analyzed the exhibition in there. It was interesting to see something which was made by Germany and Soviet Union together. In m...[Read More]

Delayed Day 1: Message from a Spaniard in Berlin…

For the first day Jorge from Spain was supposed to be our Blogger, yesterday it was impossible to write anything, so here it comes now. Jorge: I have to apologize because yesterday it was impossible to write anything on the blog. We were completely exhausted! After many days waking up very late, it’s not easy to get up at 7 o’clock in order to start with the work, but finally it wasn’t so bad! Thanks to “European Tina Games” (ETG) we knew better each other and some of our customs, so then, we were prepared to begin with the scheduled activities. We were working very hard on our posters at home so, on the morning, after Frank explanations of the program (little difficult for him because of the church’s bells) everybody showed it and explained what our entry was about. All of them were very ...[Read More]

Minority stories X: The challenges of discrimination

Liva (Latvia), Sanni (Finland) and Zlatina (Bulgaria) met Nasreddin Boulahya, a 24 year old moroccon-belgian man, at his house in Anderlecht to talk about the challenges of discrimination and the life of an immigrant, from a young mans point of view: We were immediatley  treated with the generous moroccan hospitality, as we admired the beautiful, very moroccan influenced house of his family. Nasreddin was only ten years old as he arrived in Brussels with his mother and siblings in search of a better future. His childhood wasn’t very easy; not knowing any french made it hard for him to find new friends and get good grades in school. The two turning points in his life, he describes was when he decided to learn French which opened a lot of opportunities for his future and helped him int...[Read More]