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I am interested in the topic on the one hand as a researcher, on the other hand as practicioner, and I don’t want to separate both, as the research can inspire the field work and vice-versa. Having grown up in the context of French-German reconciliation and living since many years in Bosnia-Herzegovina, I am especially interested in the question of the possibilities and difficulties to articulate together in post-war societies facing the past on the one hand, and peace-building on the other hand, and to what extent it is possible to connect divided memories.


“From Sarajevo (1914) to Sarajevo (1992-1996) : Why and how to use Memorials and Museums to teach the history of wars and mass violence in Europe?” - Training for history teachers and students from BiH, Croatia, France and Germany, organized by Historical Museum BiH, Youth Initiative for Human Rights Croatia, Memorial Centar Buchenwald, Historial of the Great War Péronne, Franco-German Youth Office. (October 2015 / May 2015 / October 2014)

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In 1939, the SS had the largest women’s concentration camp in the Greman Reich built in the village Ravensbrück, close to the small town of Fürstenberg/Havel (50 km North of Berlin). Between 1939 and 1945, 132,000 women, 20,000 men and 1,000 young women from the ”Youth Protection Camp Uckermark” were registered as prisoners. The 150.000 prisoners came from over 40 countries and were often used for forced labor; tens of thousands were murdered or died from hunger, illness or medical experimentation. After the Red Army liberated the camp on April 30th, 1945, the land was used by them for military purposes until 1994; outside of the historical camp walls a Memorial was opened in 1959, which was one of the GDR’s three national Memorials. After the German reunification, the site became a part of the Brandenburg Memorial Foundation, and the Ravensbrück Memorial Site was expanded to include extensive parts of the historical concentration camp complex. Nowadays, the Memorial combines remembrance, research and historical-political educational work, related for example to gender-questions, the topic of SS-perpetrators, the evolution of the Memorial site and of victim-narratives from the GDR to today. The Ravensbrück International Youth Exchange Site with an affiliated youth hostel was opened in 2002, at the former houses of the female SS-guards.

Memory in Focus

"History as Elephant in the Room: Observations from Serbia’s Memory Lab". Jacqueline Niesser's reflections about Serbia's contemporary history and current culture of memory, inspired by the last Memory Lab. See: