At the beginning of September, two people started their voluntary year at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. Here, Nino (Voluntary Social Year Culture) and Stephanie (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace) introduce themselves.
Hello ! My name is Stephanie, and I’m the new ASF volunteer. I will be doing my service here in Neuengamme until the end of August 2023. I’m from Cork in Ireland and am twenty-three years old. I did my bachelor’s degree in French and German at the University of Cork, and I worked a lot with trauma and memory in both German and French film and literature. I therefore decided to do my volunteer service at a memorial site, as a way of gaining more practical experience. I would like to continue my studies in memory and literature after my service, in France as well as in Germany. For the moment however I am very happy to be here and to have the opportunity to contribute to a lot of exciting projects. Moreover I am also looking forward to discovering archive work, giving tours and social media work. But before that, I need to study a lot !
Hello, I’m Nino and I’m 19 years old. I am the new volunteer with FSJ, a volunteering programme in social and cultural work. I am from Hamburg and I didn’t want to study this year after secondary school, which is why I decided to do a voluntary service for FSJ. I thought of the Neuengamme memorial site because I am interested in history and I could see myself studying something related to this. Moreover I would like to learn more about this memorial site and how memory, as well as memory education, work in such a place. I am looking forward to the coming year and for all the experiences I have yet to live !