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Time to say good bye

With the Berlin academy, the last EUSTORY academy in 2011 has ended. So I give the word again to Jorge, for the last time this summer…: Our last day started very relaxed. We commented satisfactorily the interview with Lev Alexandrovich; the results and his answers. Also, we had a conference with a representative of  the Fond “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ), which tries to comp...

Day 5: Do you know anything about Domovoj?

I received this text from Jorge at 2.01 am, poor exploited volunteer… Anton (Russia) would say: “Many people ask me: Anton, do you know anything about Domovoj?”In this case we didn’t know anything about Domovoj (who can change his faces, is made of chocolate bars and can reborn 10 times), but also we didn’t know anything about the interesting live and experiences of Lev Alexsandrovitch Netto...

Day 4: From 500 to 155 questions

Between 400 and 500 interview questions were written this morning for “our” witness. After throwing away some of them such as  “How was the weather like during three years?” (Kaspars was proud of it) we took 155 and the others were sold to Financial Times and New York Times. After earning the millions we needed to buy our mansions in Ibiza we were prepared to interview Lev Alexsandrovitch Netto, o...

Day 3 in Berlin: SS, concentration camp, a broken toaster and a little of freedom (strange combination).

Even though Jorge was completely exhausted, as you could read in the Blog of the first day, he volunteered again to write… So, Jorge again: It has been a very interesting day today! After taking three trains, three buses (and a flight if it was necessary) we finally arrived to Sachsenhausen memorial. (Well, before writing anything more, I have to say that some rumors have arrived here due to...

Second day: How is the fate of POWs commemorated today?

The Blogger of today is Ilze from Latvia and I really appreciate her iron will to write a short text after that stressfull day we had, exploring the German-Russian-Museum in Karlshorst, visiting the Memorial Schöneweide and following a lecture about the camp life of Soviet POWs. Not to mention fighting the public transport in Berlin… So here comes Ilze: Today was really interesting day, full...

Delayed Day 1: Message from a Spaniard in Berlin…

For the first day Jorge from Spain was supposed to be our Blogger, yesterday it was impossible to write anything, so here it comes now. Jorge: I have to apologize because yesterday it was impossible to write anything on the blog. We were completely exhausted! After many days waking up very late, it’s not easy to get up at 7 o’clock in order to start with the work, but finally it wasn’t so bad! Tha...

Minority stories X: The challenges of discrimination

Liva (Latvia), Sanni (Finland) and Zlatina (Bulgaria) met Nasreddin Boulahya, a 24 year old moroccon-belgian man, at his house in Anderlecht to talk about the challenges of discrimination and the life of an immigrant, from a young mans point of view: We were immediatley  treated with the generous moroccan hospitality, as we admired the beautiful, very moroccan influenced house of his family. Nasre...