IBG 16 Hoetensleben
Work: The Border Memorial has landmark status. Working there will include maintenance and clearing of historical structures and areas such as the former dog run , a fenced-in strip near the border, were guard dogs were positioned at frequent intervals to keep a round-the-clock watch. In the course of the workcamp, there will be several study parts, such as a two day History Lab at the Marienborn Memorial to German Division, located on the ground of the formerly most important border crossing between East and West Germany. You will go on excursions to learn more about the period of the German division, contemporary Germany and its people. The highlight of this historical part might be your excursion to Berlin, where you will visit the German Bundestag (German Parliament).
Accomodation and food: You will stay in the former village hall that is renovated now and gives enough room for everyone. There are different sleeping rooms with beds provided and a good equipped kitchen as well.
Location and leisure: Hoetensleben is a little village with approx. 2,500 inhabitants. International workcamps have been taking place there for 20 years now, so local inhabitants are looking forward to welcome the volunteers. Many activities will be done together with local associations, e.g. the voluntary fire brigade of Hoetensleben. Since you will be taking part in the 20th Workcamp, there will also be a big party, celebrating the anniversary of work and exchange across borders. Volunteers should be interested in German contemporary history since we will work at and visit historical places and commemoration sites that are related to Germany s history. Therefore, please add a short motivation letter to your application, describing your interest in this special project.
Project hosted by: The village of Hoetensleben was situated directly on the Eastern side of the inner German border that was dividing Germany during the period of the Cold War. From 1952 to 1989, the village was part of an exclusion zone, created by the East German dictatorship all the way along the 1400 km borderline to prevent illegal border crossings. Walls and barbed wire fences, watchtowers, and command posts blocked the view and the streets to the West. Border guards, mines, and spring guns made sure that no one would try to flee East Germany. For the villagers, as for all people living in the 5 km exclusion zone, life was even more restricted than elsewhere in the country. Entering and leaving the zone was only allowed with special permission. Armed forces and state surveillance were ever-present. Still, many people died trying to escape.After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the border fortifications were preserved by a local association, called Grenzdenkmalverein (Border Memorial Association). A section of 400 m of the former fortification system can still be visited today. The Border Memorial Hoetensleben depicts life at the former border i in East and West Germany, informs about the rigid border regime, and commemorates the victims of the German division. It belongs to the Marienborn Memorial to German Division.
Additional comments: Please, include a motivation letter with your application.
Requirements: Please, include a motivation letter with your application.