Youth Summer Camp in Osnabrueck

With the motto „Digging connects!’’ participants in ARSP summer camps have assisted in excavation works at the memorial site and have searched for traces for years. This year this tradition will be continued. This allows unexpected encounters and gives new perspectives on a past that is far from being illuminated and by no means is over. Previous experience is not necessary.

What once has been erased and covered by the hand of man and nature is brought to light again by excavations at historical sites. Traces of the past become tangible. The “Ohrbeck labour camp” was a Gestapo concentration camp that detained more than 2000 adolescents and men from 17 countries during World War II. At the site of the former camp, the project participants will approach the fate of the prisoners and the history of the place by excavation works that will be carried out under professional guidance. Apart from that, the participants will join in constructing a path that leads visitors through the site of the former camp.

In Osnabrück, the birthplace of the writer Erich Maria Remarque and the painter Felix Nussbaum, who was murdered in Auschwitz, the participants will visit various memorial sites and museums which allow a new access to the history of Shoa, forced labour and persecution. The study trips and practical work will be prepared in workshops, in which the participants are also offered the opportunity to deepen new impressions and questions. In addition to the thematic program, the project will leave enough time for leisure, fun and getting to know each other. Furthermore the summer camp will meet with the Jewish Community of Osnabrück. The summer work camp is offered and organized in cooperation with the Augustaschacht Memorial and the Ohrbeck Resource Center.

  • Typ: International youth summer camp

  • Work: Excavations and documenation works at the memorial site will aid in tracing the inmates' path through the forced labour camp; maintenance work at the art installation "Renewal of Remembrance" at the Memorial Center Augustaschacht building
  • Group: We expect 12-14 participants, 16 years and older
  • Camp languages: German and English
  • Accommodation: simple lodging at parish guest house - please bring camping mat and sleeping bag!