GERMANY: YOUTH EXCHANGE INTERNATIONAL MEETING IN DACHAU

The 200 young people taking part in the 32nd "International Youth Exchange" meeting arrived in Dachau from all over the world. Facing Nazism at the notorious extermination camp: a proposal originating from the agreement between the German Catholic Youth Federation (BDKJ), the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, the Evangelical Youth of Munich, the youth of the German Trade Union Confederation, the Foundation for Youth International Exchange, the Memorial Centre, and the Youth Organisation Federation in the district of Dachau. 90 young German people from 16 to 26 years of age, and over one hundred participants coming from 23 States (including France, United States, Italy, Ukraine, Belorussia, Russia, Israel, Serbia, Kosovo) are participating in the different activities begun on July 26 and lasting until August 8. With the slogan "Remember – meet – understand – create the future", the participants are facing the history of Dachau, Nazism and the contemporary shapes of racism, with guided tours to the extermination camp, workshop and interviews with people surviving Nazi horror. From 1933 to 1945, the Dachau camp was a prison for 200 thousand people from all over Europe, with 41,500 people dead. American troops liberated the Camp on 29 April 1945.

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