As part of this year's Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism on January 27, the History Workshop of the Institute for Contemporary History and City Presentation of the City of Wolfsburg invited four young people to share their thoughts on this day with the public. Marie Rauschenberger will deal with current events in the world and the fragility of democracy in her contribution. Felix Bauer will focus his contribution on the extermination camps Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka, which are a marginal phenomenon in public perception. Building on Felix Bauer's work, Amber Koslowski has conducted a survey on the three camps as well as on Auschwitz and other topics, the results of which will be presented in her contribution, and Théo Schiffer spoke with Jean-Michel Gaussot, whose father was a prisoner at the Laagberg subcamp.
Get to the sources
The history workshop was established in 1999 by a city council resolution and affiliated with the city archive in order to objectify and mediate the examination of the city's history, especially the National Socialist founding period. Since then, the task of the history workshop has been carried out in the form of archive-related history didactics.
The archivedidactic model developed in Wolfsburg, "Get to the sources", forms the basis of the educational work. The claim and goal of the history workshop is to promote a reflected historical awareness as well as action competence and personal responsibility among the users. Accordingly, the institution sees itself as an educational center and is an official extracurricular place of learning.
On the trail of memory
In addition, memorial work is another integral part within the educational work of the institute's history workshop. In workshops, guided tours, vacation offers, seminars and lectures, the examination of German history and the handling of memory take place. The educational program is open to all interested persons and institutions. The History Workshop aims to make visitors aware of the historical significance of memory and its relevance for the future, in order to promote and strengthen democratic awareness.
History and its shape
In the course of historical educational work, the "Documentation on the Victims of National Socialist Tyranny" is also maintained. The exhibition in the gabled house of the Schlossremise is dedicated to the topics of armaments production and forced labor at the Volkswagen plant from 1939 to 1945.
The documentation was expanded in 2008 to include the art exhibition "Group.
The group of works by the artist Andreas von Weizsäcker consists of ten frottages with which messages of former Soviet forced laborers were fixed, which they had carved into the barks of various Wolfsburg trees before or shortly after the end of the Second World War.