Nie wieder Krieg: Exhibiting WWI in a broader context


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.

"Never again war! The EU – the Peace Project" was an exhibition which was shown in Vienna and Hamburg in March and April and from May until the end of 2014. The main aim of exhibition was to provide a cohesive overview of the developments leading to the First World War, the military stalemate, the effects on individual citizens as well as the social, political and economic consequences of the war. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

Consequences of war

A key objective was to show WWI in a broader context, i.e. how "1914" and the post-1918 order have impacted on the further developments in Europe. The goal was to use historic key aspects to provide a sound overview about the reasons leading to Second World War, the end of the Cold War and the European integration project from the early 1920s until today.

Overcoming the causes of war

The exhibition was held in German and comprises four parts – the First World War, the Second World War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the European integration process – which have been didactically interlinked but can also be displayed individually. It mainly targeted citizens and in particular school pupils who had only a general knowledge of the exhibition topics.

Apart from school classes and citizens who visited the exhibition in Vienna and Hamburg, local media disseminated articles about the event and another important dissemination strategy was the public opening ceremony where Dr. Michael Ludwig, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vienna's Adult Education and Executive City Councilor for Housing in Vienna, gave a speech.

The exhibition raised awareness to overcome the ideological, political, economic and social root causes of violence and war. Furthermore, without neglecting the ongoing difficulties of European integration, it demonstrated the achievements of this process, in particular the peaceful interaction of 28 nations within the EU.

WWI courses

In addition to the exhibition the Adult Learning Centre Vienna Landstraße (VHS3) has established a public course series, starting in the summer semester 2014 and ending in the winter semester 2018 with lectures on the end of WWI. The courses, offered by respected academic experts deal with specific events of WWI, WWII and the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Nie wieder Krieg project

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