Remembrance


MEDIEL is member of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), a network partners of universities, institutions and associations identifying and analyzing the different memorial processes occurring in Europe and other continents from the point of view of experts, professionals and civil society.

Trough artistic, audiovisual and TV projects, MEDIEL analyzes the memorial processes occurring in different countries of Europe from the point of view of young Europeans in the role of citizen reporters. These young reporters confront with historians and the public the discoveries they make on the ground with witnesses who took part in the events of the past. With these films, expositions and artistic workshops, they promote then debates in schools, in universities and with civil society.


 

Film: 30 years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall

After the Second World War, a political and ideological confrontation existed between the two superpowers which were the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies. A phoney war in Europe with no cannons or guns…. a cold war!
And for the young generations, this story of the Cold War tends to disappear in a lapse of memory. It is to find out more about this period that Lucas and Emilien, two students accompanied by Ariane, a violinist, travelled to Berlin, a city that saw the concentration of this war’s main tensions in Europe. 

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Interdisciplinary workshops

Memorial worshop in Mostar (ByH)

 

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Event “Taking stock of European Memory policies”

The project of MEDIEL has been presented to the representatives of remembrance projects selected under the Europe for Citizens programme in 2018 and 2019 and gave them an opportunity to share experience and learn from each other.

It took place on 23-24 October 2019 at Hotel Meliã, La Défense in Paris and The Jean Monnet House, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne.

The event was co-organised by The Jean Monnet House (European Parliament), the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) and the European Commission in cooperation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

 


 

 

Film: The ramparts of Warsaw 1943-44

1st August 1944. Nearly two months after the Allies land in Normandy, the young people of Poland rise up in Warsaw to free themselves from the Nazi yoke. Betrayed by Stalin who is encamped, weapons at hand, on the far bank of the Vistula the Polish Resistance one of the strongest in Europe with its Home Army the Armia Krajowa faces the world’s most powerful army alone.

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Three young Europeans, Alexandra (France), Maria (Poland) who have been Erasmus+ students, and Roman (Germany), meet in Warsaw to enquire into these events; here they meet witnesses who took part in the Warsaw Uprising or lived in the ghetto. Beneath their white hair we can recognise the men and women who formed the living ramparts of freedom in the face of Nazism. They were between 12 and 20 years old at the time and their names are Janka, Dora, Bogina, Witold, Krystyna, Jerzy…

The Warsaw Uprising is often confused with the revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto which took place a year earlier in the Spring of 1943 and in which for the first time the Jewish community took up arms to mount an organised defence against the Nazis.

This fierce armed, civil, intellectual and moral resistance will leave its mark on the collective Polish conscience and will later influence the form of resistance that the Poles will introduce in the face of Soviet communism. “We must fight, fight in every way we can, but find another way of doing it. No more bloodbaths!” said the leaders of the Warsaw Uprising in their testament.

 

Discover more about the Warsaw Uprising: WARSAW-RISING

 

Online streaming in 8 languages

   

   

   

   

 


 

Film: ICH BIN

 

 

     

 

“Ich bin” is a historical documentary addressing the memory

 

 

 

 of the victims of Nazism and of Stalinism

 

 

 

 in France, Germany and Russia

Four young Erasmus+ students meet with historians and witnesses of our past… They investigate the events of the Second World War in Germany (the student movement of the White Rose in Munich), in France (the Vel d’Hiv Roundup in Paris, the resistance in Vercors) and in Russia (Katyn Forest massacre).They examine the impact of these events; curious to how the European peoples are creating their identities today.

Online streaming in 7 languages

   

   

   


ICH BIN (v. RU)


Expo: Musée de l’Europe

We have a common past

50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
Audiovisual room (Video director: Hubert van Ruymbeke)

An overview of the cultural heritage common to all Europeans, from the year 1000 to today …

Two huge screens of 12 meters face to face, a battery of 4 computers and 8 projectors project the panoramic film.


Workshops: with the Berlin artist Roman Kroke

Roman KROKE is lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts in “Experimental Storytelling”.

Throughout Europe, Roman Kroke directs historical and artistic workshops in cooperation with schools, universities or other organizations like prisons, museums, foundations – particularly in the context of school partnerships, Europe for Citizens projects (historical memory), cultural exchange programs, school trips, study tours or project weeks.

On a regular basis, he also provides teacher trainings for the National ministries of Education in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Kroke’s artwork is like ‘a pen for Europe’ in the hands of the participants.