Berlin-Schöneweide (DE-SCI-1.37) was the ‘perfect storm’ in terms of what was for me the ideal workcamp: 1. The camp was located in Berlin–the most fascinating city in Europe to where I have ever traveled. 2. The study portion of the camp focused primarily on the history of Germany during the Nazi era. 3. The primary responsibility of the volunteers was to learn, explore, and be creative through photography.
What made this project so special was living and working with such wonderful volunteers from both Eastern and Western Europe. During our two weeks together we had the opportunity to take an array of pictures aimed at both promoting the work of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre and giving the volunteers the opportunity to creatively express how they felt about this painful chapter in Germany’s past. More importantly, the project’s aim was to have the volunteers, with the use of the camera, uncover evidence to serve as reminders of how the Nazi regime, private German corporations, and individuals economically thrived at the expense of thousands of civilians from all over Europe who were subjected to the injustice of forced labour.
Here are only a few photographs of my fellow volunteers, which I would like to offer as a way of paying homage to them for the unforgettable experience they chose to share with me in the summer of 2016.