Krieger – 'denk mal': A tour to the war times


EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year´s theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.

Krieger – 'denk mal' project was a journalistic and creative tour to the Warrior memorials of the first and second World Wars in Hamburg. The aim was to develop a critical approach towards war memorials by doing research on them. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

Exploring history through memorials

Project offered excursions for groups of young adults to the war memorials in order to let them see and reflect on memorials and their meaning. With the help of computer-based research, the young participants were encouraged to find reasons, texts, and images of war and war heroism, and to develop their own criticism in relation to these portrayals of war. In the end participants created sketches of peace memorials out of war memorials.

Creative outputs

The young adults participating in the project developed creative ideas by deconstructing and rearranging the monuments, editing the pictures and making new design of it and by creating “talks”, i.e. audio-files. Then all of the creative products were presented to the group as well as to the audience.

Krieger – 'denk mal' project

Project partners
VHS Hamburg

Contact the coordinator
Junge Akademie für Zukunftsfragen: Paul Steffen and Christine Schneider

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