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DE-SCI 1.37 ALEMANIA Berlin-Schöneweide Peace / Study, discussion, research 06/08/2023 19/08/2023

Searching for Traces of Forced Labour (Berlin-Schöneweide)

Camp code:

DE-SCI 1.37



Start Date:

06 Aug 2023

End Date:

19 Aug 2023


1: Antiracism, antifascism, remembrance

Work Types:

Peace / Study, discussion, research

Number of volunteers:


International age:

18 - 99

National age:

16 - 99

Required Language:


Motivation letter:

This camp requires an additional motivation letter to explain in more detail why you would like to attend. Further information or a form to complete is available here: https://www.sci-d.de/file/23137berlin-schoneweidemotivationsschreibendocxopen_in_new.


Description: The study camp takes place in cooperation with the International Youth Meeting Centre of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre. At the core of the project there will be a preparation of a photo exhibition on the topic of NS-forced labour and an exploration of the former camp and production sites in Berlin Schöneweide and its surroundings. Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre is located on the grounds of an almost completely intact former forced labour camp in Berlin Schöneweide. The exhibitions, archives, and educational programmes focus on a forgotten victim group: about 8.4 million civilians from all over Europe (up until 2006 without their own memorial site) who were forced to work for the Nazi regime during the Second World War. 

Type of Work: During the project “Searching for Traces of Forced Labour” international volunteers will be invited to search for traces of NS-forced labour in different places in Berlin and investigate how these sites were influenced by the Second World War and by Nazi forced labour. The project will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will introduce the participants into photography and help them develop their own visual stories. As a result of the project, the visual stories will become part of an exhibition that will be shown in the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre. 

Study Theme: Memory of Nazi forced labour in Germany and Second World War. Historical and contemporary forms of forced labour worldwide.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation in shared flats that are located next to each other in the south-east of Berlin. The volunteers will cook their meals together.

Language: The common language will be English.

Requirements: No prior knowledge is necessary. Participants should be interested in the history of National Socialism and photography. A motivation letter is required and will be answered ca. 5 days after arriving SCI.

Approximate Location: The study camp will take place in Berlin-Schöneweide located in the south-east of the city. Berlin offers many tourist opportunities with countless museums, exhibitions, sports facilities, flea markets, parks, but also very beautiful nature on the outskirts. Visiting the numerous sights of Berlin, hiking and swimming is possible.

Notes: INCOMING FEE for volunteers applying via partner organisations and contacts of SCI:  https://sci-d.de/incomingfee

Organization Description: This workcamp is organized by the German branch of Service Civil International (SCI). SCI Germany was founded in 1946 and is approved as a non-profit organisation. We are one of the oldest peace and volunteer organisations. SCI Germany aims to promote peace, non-violence, international solidarity, social justice, sustainable development and cross-cultural exchange through international voluntary work. We cooperate with a network of branches and partners in more than 90 countries. Every year, SCI Germany organizes about 50 international workcamps in Germany.