Mittwoch, 9. September 2009
videos4peace
produced by Gerald Muthsam and the participants of peacecamp 2009
on YouTube:

Peacecamp09 Part 1/4
Peacecamp09 Part 2/4
Peacecamp09 Part 3/4
Peacecamp09 Part 4/4
We are the peace

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Freitag, 28. August 2009
a private reunion in Budapest, summer 2009
by
Dóra Kótai
hi dear evelyn,
hope you had a great time in italy! where were you exactly? :)
the last week was just wonderful!!! three austrians from this year's camp arrived to budapest, o, florian and gregor. they came on the 18th of august and after all stayed until the 23rd. gregor came two days earlier and went home earlier as well, because of his training camp. it was so good to see them again :) i am very happy they could come, we really had a great time together. o stayed at eszti's place, florian at bence's and gregor at rajmi's, but we tried to be together most of the time. they met our hungarian friends as well.
the three jewish guys from my peacecamp arrived on the 19th, and we first met on the 20th. i cannot tell how amazing it was to see them again!! they lived in a flat of amir's mother's friend. there's a national feast in hungary that day, so we went next to the danube and watched a so-called "red bull air race", and it was very very hot, so kinga and i got sunburned... later that day in the evening we watched the fireworks and everyone enjoyed it very much. it was awesome! on the next day i stayed at home, because the sunburn caused a temperature. then it was already saturday when we went to a sight-seeing with the israelis (of course the others from this year showed the city to the austrians :)) and we met the austrians in the evening. we were at a place called gödör club, it's similar to museumsquartier. youngsters love that place very much.
so we sat together on the grass and talked about peacecamp, about everything and anything :) even noncsi, a hungarian girl from last year's camp was there, so we kinda did an unofficial reunion of the last 3 peacecamps :) we all said you would be very happy to hear about it :) it was an awesome thing, really, and yet so unbelievable that i haven't met the israeli boys for two years, and they were there, talking to this year's austrians! they were playing the guitar, singing, even dancing together, because there was a swing-party that night. we all met on the last day as well, and continued what we had started on the previous day. then the austrians went home by train, and i went to the airport with kinga, viktor, gábor and the israelis. we spent another one hour at the airport, waiting for the check-in to start. zsuzsi and franciska from this year, and noncsi from last year also came to say goodbye to their new friends :)
it was one of the nicest experiences of my life, i have to say. being together in hungary, with friends from all over the world was just perfect! i am so glad i could meet them again, and i'm already planning my trip to israel :)
also, we may go to vienna next week, on the 5th-6th of september. it's not sure yet, but if you are free on one of the days, it would be very nice to see you!
hope you are all well!
loving hugs, dori

ps: if you'd like to have a little summarize on the peacecamp blog, i can ask the kids to write you :)

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Mittwoch, 12. August 2009
peacecamp 2009 „Let’s talk peace in Reibers“
34 jüdisch-israelische, jüdisch-arabische, ungarische und österreichische Teenager erzählen einander, wie es einmal war.
Das siebte peacecamp war, wie alle Vorigen, absolut einzigartig.

34 Jugendliche waren zusammengekommen, um in der Beschaulichkeit des kleinen Dorfes Reibers im Waldviertel über den Frieden zu sprechen, aber auch darüber, was ihn verhindert. Wie jeden Samstag überall in Österreich ertönte auch hier an beiden Samstagen gegen 12 Uhr die Feuerwehrsirene. Ein Probealarm, auf den die Jugendlichen vorbereitet waren, ein kleines, für die meisten Menschen, die ihn hören, belangloses, für unsere Jugendlichen aber schwer zu ertragendes, ja traumatisierendes Ereignis. Trotz der Vorwarnung, trotz unserer Versicherung, dass ein "Alarm" ertönen würde, der absolut keine Gefahr ankündigt, brachen einige der israelischen TeilnehmerInnen in Tränen, ja in schiere Panik aus. Zu nah waren die Erinnerungen an den täglichen Bombenalarm, an die so kurzen 20 Sekunden, die er ließ, um in den Bunker zu laufen, ehe die Raketen einschlugen. Zu viele Erinnerungen an das Aufheulen von Sirenen, an einschlagende Raketen, das Heranrasen von Einsatzfahrzeugen nach Detonationen im Supermarkt, in der Disco, in Autobussen, bei Feiern, zu nah das Erleben von Krieg und Terror. Ein für die beiden europäischen Gruppen kaum nachvollziehbares Erleben, das aber die beiden Gruppen aus Israel in ganz besonderer Weise miteinander verband.


Lernen wir Geschichte

An diesem peacecamp stand das Erzählen von Geschichten im Mittelpunkt. An jedem Tag ein Workshop „Zeitgeschichte“. Der Reihe nach kam jede Gruppe dran und präsentierte ihr Stück Zeitgeschichte, jenes Stück Geschichte, das sie mit der Nachbarsgruppe, schließlich aber mit allen anderen am peacecamp vertretenen Gruppen verband. Zur Einleitung die Auseinandersetzung der österreichischen Gruppe mit der Frage „Was geht uns Israel/Palästina an?“ – ein mutiger wie aufschlussreicher Bericht über die Vorläufer des Nationalsozialismus in Österreich, über die Shoah und die Anfänge des Zionismus. Das jüdische Narrativ des israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikts folgte der Darstellung der palästinensischen Sicht der Dinge. Die Ungarn erzählten über die großen Veränderungen im Europa der Nachkriegsjahre – Fall des Eisernen Vorhangs, Zusammenwachsen beider Teile Europas, Zusammenschluss der Staaten der Europäischen Union, aber auch über das neuerliche Aufflackern einer rechtsradikalen, ausländerfeindlichen und antisemitischen Partei im heutigen Ungarn. Es war beeindruckend zu sehen, mit wie viel Ernst sich diese Jugendlichen schon im Vorfeld der Begegnung für ihre Präsentationen vorbereitet hatten und mit wieviel Interesse sie den Darstellungen der einzelnen Gruppen folgten.

Psychoanalytisch geleitete Diskussionen in kleinen Arbeitsgruppen wie auch im Plenum („Large Group“) dienten dem emotionellen Verarbeiten des Gehörten und ermöglichten es, die eigenen und „fremden“, bewussten wie unbewussten Gefühlen aufzuspüren, die die verschiedenen Geschichtsauffassungen auslösten. Hier kam es zu oft heftigen wie tränenreichen Überraschungsmomenten, dem Erkennen, dass das „Fremde“ gar nicht immer außerhalb sondern in uns selbst beheimatet sein kann, dass es aber bequemer scheinen mag, verpönte Eigenschaften, Verhaltensweisen oder Einstellungen bei „Anderen“ zu orten und sie dort, in diesen „Anderen“, „Fremden“ zu verfolgen. Ehrlich und ernsthaft war die Auseinandersetzung mit schwierigen Fragen - dem Platz des Einzelnen in der Gesellschaft, der notwendigen Anpassung oder Unterwerfung an die in jeder Gesellschaft geltenden Werte und Regeln, dem Mut zum Ungehorsam; kompromisslos war die Bereitschaft, eigene xenophobe Einstellungen zu orten, und auf ganz schwierige Fragen individuelle Antworten zu finden – etwa auf die Frage des Umgangs mit jenen, die anders sind und anders handeln als wir, oder deren Beitrag an die Gesellschaft ein anderer ist als der, den die meisten ihrer Mitbürger leisten wollen oder können.




Frieden: Mission Impossible?

„Wir wurden in einen Konflikt hineingeboren, der aber gar nicht unserer ist!“, war eine der Erkenntnisse, zu denen die Jugendlichen im Verlaufe dieser zehn Tage gelangt sind. „Es ist der Konflikt unserer Eltern und Großeltern; wir aber sind eine neue Generation und haben das Recht, ja die Aufgabe, Wege aus diesem Konflikt zu finden und ihn zu beenden.“ Wie schwierig das ist und wie lange das dauern kann, zeigt die Geschichte aller einmal durch Krieg und Feindseligkeiten zerstrittenen Völker und Nationen. Tradierte Vorurteile, weitergegebene Ressentiments, Solidarität mit den Eltern, der Wunsch, altes Unrecht zu rächen, vor allem aber das Gefühl, den Eltern das Weiterführen des Krieges geradezu schuldig zu sein: Dies sind die Hürden, die in der Gegenwart den Weg zu einer friedlicheren Zukunft verstellen. „Ihr wollt, dass wir streiten“, sagte ein Teilnehmer zum Gruppenleiter, „wir aber haben eine echte Verbindung zueinander hergestellt, haben einander wirklich lieb gewonnen.“

Sie haben einander ihre Geschichten erzählt; sie haben einander zugehört; sie konnten für das Leiden der jeweils Anderen ihr Ohr, ihr Herz öffnen: „Wir bleiben sicher in Kontakt… Ich kann nicht einmal daran denken, dass wir Feinde sein sollen.“

Evelyn Böhmer-Laufer
Reibers, 13. Juli 2009
http://peacecamp2009.blogger.de


Unser Dank gilt der Karl Kahane Foundation, dem Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich sowie Frau Martina Maschke und dem Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur.

Dieses Projekt wurde mit Unterstützung der Europäischen Kommission finanziert. Die Verantwortung für den Inhalt dieser Veröffentlichung trägt allein der Verfasser; die Kommission haftet nicht für die weitere Verwendung der darin enthaltenen Angaben.

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peacecamp 2009: „Let’s talk peace in Reibers“
34 Jewish-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, Hungarian and Austrian teenagers teach each other history
The seventh peacecamp was like the previous ones - absolutely unique.

34 teenagers had come together in the small Austrian village of Reibers to talk about peace and about what’s in the way to peace. On two Saturdays, at 12 o’clock, the sound of a test alarm - the fire fighters’ siren, a weekly trivial event hardly noticed by people all over Austria. In spite of having been told that this practice alarm will be heard and that it will announce absolutely no danger, it strongly affected, almost paralyzed, some of the Israeli. It too much reminded of alarms heard in Israel – fire alarms announcing the felling of missiles, ambulances rushing to rescue victims of a terror attack, bombs coming down on your own or your family’s neighbourhood, alarms that belong to war and terror.

Let’s learn history

The focus of this year’s peacecamp was history, with a session on each single day. One by one, the four groups presented their view and narrative of that part of contemporary history that links them with or separates them from their neighbouring group, but also to all the other national groups present at the peacecamp. First, the Austrian presentation: “What do we have to do with Israel-Palestine?” with a courageous and revealing account of the beginning of Austro-fascism, the role of Austria in National Socialism and in the Shoah and the beginnings of Zionism. The presentation of the Palestinian narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict was followed by the Jewish-Israeli presentation, both including an account of the beginnings of the state, the wars, peace-talks and -treaties, Israeli and Arab politics, Jewish occupation of and withdrawal from territories, and the history of Gaza. The Hungarian delegation gave an account of the great changes which took place in Europe, of the process of reunion of the previously divided Eastern and Western parts of the continent, of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the consolidation of the European Union. Their presentation included an account of a new right-wing, xenophobic and anti-Semitic party in today’s Hungary and about Hungary’s – and their own – attitude to what they consider strangers in their own country. It was quite impressive to see how much work and thoughts these young people had put in preparing this before they met in Austria and with how much respect, interest and authenticity they participated in each other’s presentations and in the discussions that followed.

Psychoanalytic discussions in small and large groups allowed to dig into, and work through, the attitudes and emotions brought about by these accounts. The room was often packed with strong feelings, sometimes tears, following the awareness that what we consider “strange” is often part of us, but that it might seem easier and thus tempting to despise and even persecute disagreeable attitudes and behaviours in people other than ourselves. Here again the young people impressed with their frankness and with their readiness to confront not only their country’s, but their own attitude to very difficult issues and topics – the attitude to strangers and to those who are “different” within a society, the place of the individual in a group, thoughts about the necessary acceptance of, or disobedience to, the values and rules within our society.

Peace – mission impossible?



“We were born into a conflict, which is not ours, but our parents’ and grandparents’“ was a conclusion that the teenagers arrived to at different points of this peacecamp, “but we are a new generation and must find ways out of this conflict.” History shows how difficult this can be and how long it can take countries and nations to find forms of coexistence and of cooperation after periods of war, hostility and tension.

“You want us to fight” said a young participant to the group leader, “but we really got to like one another and do not want to fight.” People of the young generation may see it as an act of solidarity with parents and grandparents to continue their fight, to take revenge or to restore damage done to the past generations. Feelings of resentment, solidarity with the parents, retaliation and the perception of the “other one” with the all distortions due to prejudice and projections of one’s own negative, unloved attitudes and behaviours are great obstacles of the present which prevent changes for the better in the future.

The participants of peacecamp 2009 told each other their stories; they heard history as experienced and perceived by representatives of their own and other groups; they opened their ears and hearts to all the different ways to tell a story and could become aware of the fact that there isn’t one way to write history nor one truth nor one victim. “We are both victims of things that have happened, and none of us has done any wrong.”

“We will remain in touch, we established a real bond. I can’t even think that we are enemies.”

Evelyn Böhmer-Laufer
Reibers, July 13, 2009
http://peacecamp2009.blogger.de

We owe our thanks to the Karl Kahane Foundation, the Zukunftsfonds of the Republic of Austria, Mrs. Martina Maschke and the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture.

This project was sponsored with the support of the European Commission.

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Mittwoch, 29. Juli 2009
peacecamp 2009
by
Dóra Kótai
peacecamp 2009
I love peacecamp. I have always loved it and I'm very glad I have been chosen to be the leader of the Hungarian delegation this year.
It really has been a wonderful experience for me. People tend to ask me if it was different, or if I have liked this one more than "my" peacecamp 2 years ago. I cannot answer them, because I believe I mustn't choose one. I loved both camps and I'm going to love the future ones as well.
Being a "teacher" made my time a bit harder, but the "staff" was great and if we had some issues we could always cope with them easily. It was very interesting observing the camp, the participants, and even myself from a different angle.
"I am growing with the peacecamp." - it was said at one of the adult's meeting and after the camp I can say the same. When my group asked me about the Israeli conflict I remembered that two years ago we asked the same questions and that I was very impressed how our teacher knew so many details about the Israeli history. This year I was the one who could talk about this issue to the Hungarian group. It was because I have learnt many useful things two years ago. I think the peacecamp project is something very exciting and besides, gives knowledge about other cultures, other problems, other people. Even though I strongly believe we are all the same and there should be no differences between people, I also admit that all of us is an individual. The peacecamp is the best way to get to know many individuals from many other cultures.
I hope I will be able to come again and I'd like to thank Evelyn, Ronny and everyone taking part in the preparation that they never give up organising! I wish you all the best!
Dori

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Mittwoch, 22. Juli 2009
"May every human being live and die in peace"

by Dunia Abu Al-Naaj
When I got home from the peacecamp in Austria I tried to describe the experience I had there and translated it into words, but I didn’t succeed, because what I had at the peacecamp was more than words on a paper.
It was more like the opportunity to say all of your opinions and hear the other’s opinions too, to express your self with self confident and also to be patient and understanding while the others are expressing their selves.
The peacecamp made everybody feel that they are important and respected by all of the activities we had there, that made all of the peacecampers positively active.
During the ten days in reibers the participants took part in many workshops such as : the rhythm and movement workshop , the video workshop, outdoor programs that made the young people closer to each other, in addition the discussions at the large group and the history sections gave the chance to all the participants to know about each other’s histories, opinions, thoughts, ideas and personalities .
All of what the peacecampers had at the peacecamp like: the food times, workshops, culture evenings, Vienna day and free times created a very unique relationship between all of the peacecampers (adults and youth), it’s the relationship of friendship based on two important values: respect and hope. The respect that we brought it with us to Austria and realized later that it’s the only way to communicate and the hope that grew inside all of us, because we know now that we are the future’s hope for the change, the change of peace.

May every human being live and die in peace.


By: Dunia Abu Al-Naaj 

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Dienstag, 21. Juli 2009
After peacecamp
"I think everybody has changed a little after this"
by Zsuzsanna Kenderesi
I think peaceamp was the best experience in our life. So i think everybody has changed a little after this. We could meet with other cultures, and different people, but we realised that even if they are different, they are totally the same, and they just want to live in peace. In 10 days we could know each other like we have been friends for 10 years. We had the funniest and the most touching experience ever and we will always remember for these moments. And i think everybody has learnt a lot of things. We’ve learnt some little things like how to play rythm, and to enjoy everything even if its boring (but in peacecamp nothing was boring i think J) I mean, for example the large group was one and a half hour long and everybody told me from the previous peacecamps that is’t the most boring and its too long, but i always thought that it is so interesting and i can learn a lot from this just by listening to them, and we’ve told a lot of things that will stay in my mind forever . But the most important is that we’ve learnt how to live together in love with people who we didn’t know before. And we’ve learnt that we cannot judge anybody by their appearance or their body colour. We didnt care about where does the other person came from. We just wanted to talk with everybody and have fun and make peace. And we did it. Truly.


Zsuzsanna Kenderesi
peacecamp 2009

goodbye :)

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Sonntag, 19. Juli 2009
and this is the final statement4peace

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this was peacecamp

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Mittwoch, 15. April 2009
If violence bugs you:
let's talk peace in Reibers

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