The summer camp takes place in the International Youth Meeting Centre of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in Berlin Schöneweide. At the core of the summer camp is the preparation and production of a staged reading on the Pertrix exhibition.
The Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre is located in Berlin Schöneweide on the grounds of an almost completely intact former forced labour camp. The exhibitions, archives and educational programmes focus on a forgotten victim group: about 8.4 million civilian labourers from all over Europe forced to work for the Nazi regime during the Second World War (who were without their own memorial site up until 2006).
In November 2015, an International Youth Meeting Centre and a new exhibition on forced labour during the Nazi period at the Pertrix battery factory opened on the premises of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre.
During the summer camp the participants will work with the background and life stories of not only former forced labourers but also the agencies, companies and small businesses that relied on forced labour as well as guards. In such a way the participants will receive an insight into the structure of Nazi forced labour by working closely with biographies in the context of theatre work. At the same time new ways for reflection are opened up that can spark an interest in historical and political processes and demonstrate that history and critical attitudes have something to do with one’s own lives and realities.
Staged performance work will be enhanced by tours of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre and Schöneweide historical sites. Visits to the foundation Topography of Terror and the German-Russian museum in Berlin Karlshorst are also planned.
The staged reading will be performed at the end of the summer camp at the Documentation Centre.