Journey from knowledge to empathy
Towards a better awareness of oppression and its threats
During the visit of the Belgian delegation in Potsdam last October, a set of questions was elaborated.
The questions allow pupils to interview people who experienced oppression and this as well during fascist regime/ communism in Germany or any other non-democratic regime in the world.
The fixed frame of questions should allow us to compare the testimonies and teach us more on the origins and consequences of oppression in the world and this as well in the past as today.
The final result should be double:
The exhibition and booklet will be presented to the public outside the school and this as well in Potsdam and in Leuven. (e.g. Landstag of Brandenbug or the town hall of Leuven.)
The final conclusion should be double:
“We have to live the European normality but don’t take this normality for granted.”
Minister-President of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke
On the first of May 1946 people of Potsdam wore a white carnation instead of the compulsory red one. They wanted to express their discontent about the fact that the SPD and KPD merged to SED. From the first of May onwards, many young people were arrested, among them many pupils of the Einsteinschule.
Garbrecht Müller was seventeen when he got arrested in 1946 and was convicted without trial to the prison camp of Sachenhausen. He was released on the 19th July 1948. Peter Runge was only sixteen when he was convicted and finally released on the 17th January 1950.
Now seventy years later the students of the Einstein Gymnasium Potsdam and Miniemeninstituut Leuven have chosen the white carnation as symbol for their European project: Journey from knowledge to empathy, towards a better awareness of oppression and its threats.