That never Happens, what Happened at that Time (Buchholz near Hamburg)
Description: In 1945 the recreation centre “Heideruh“ was built by antifascists to support the survivors of the Nazi regime. Relatives, survivors, and friends built a place of refuge amidst woodland where they could regain strength to continue their fight for a better world. Until today, Heideruh is a recreation area for anti-fascists. Very often like-minded people from different generations meet up there. Furthermore, 9 asylum seekers from North Sudan and Arabic countries are accommodated and supported in Heideruh. Now, the place is to be made more attractive to younger generations, preparing for a time without contemporary witnesses. The camp includes a big study part. In approx. 50 % of the time we will deal with the topics antifascism and commemoration.
Type of Work: (ca. 6 days): Maintenance, repair, and extension of the “barefoot walking path” and the “all generations” playground, the focal point are on working with wood, you learn different techniques and also how to use several machines. Everybody is welcome to try it out.
Study Theme: (ca. 7 days): Documentation of the work and camp, preparation of a public commemoration ceremony for the town festival of Buchholz, meeting witnesses and guests, visiting Hamburg-Neuengamme memorial site, partly drawn up by the Auschwitz committee, meeting survivors and international guests.
Accommodation: Accommodation in double or three-bedrooms, on some days, when there will be many guests at Heideruh, it might be possible that some volunteers will have to move to tents, which will be provided by the project. Full catering, vegetarian and vegan is possible and some help in the kitchen might be required.
Requirements: Being interested in anti-fascism, showing consideration for elderly, being interested in manageable building projects and thoughts.
Approximate Location: Buchholz is located in North-West Germany, only 40 kilometres away from Hamburg. The area around Buchholz impresses with its National Parks in the “Heath of Lüneburg” (Lüneburger Heide); Heideruh is situated in a big forest, you can walk to the Lüneburger Heide in roughly 45 minutes along a very nice landscape.
Notes: Warm beverages and water will be offered. Other beverages are for sale in a small bar belonging to Heideruh, where you can spend the evenings. Two weekends will be free.