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SCI Germany:Searching for Traces of Forced Labour: a Digital Photography Project

Human Rights/Justice

SCI Germany:Searching for Traces of Forced Labour: a Digital Photography Project

Voluntary Service International

International

At a Glance

  • Start Date:12/07/2021
  • End Date:23/07/2021
  • Closing date:09/07/2021
  • Post Updated:15/06/2021
  • Min Hours:3 hours everydayMon - Fri for two weeks
  • Role Type:Once-off /Ad hoc work

Requirements:VSI membership; Stable internet connection; a laptop, camera and microphone

Description

Voluntary Service International is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement started in 1920 in the aftermath of the First World War. Voluntary Service International was founded in 1965 after several projects in the late '50s. Since then VSI has undertaken a wide variety of voluntary and community work throughout Ireland and has sent volunteers to many projects in over 70 countries worldwide.

This virtual project organised by the VSI partner organisation SCI Germany! 

Description: The Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre is located in Berlin on the grounds of an almost completely intact former forced labour camp. It focuses on a forgotten victim group: civilian forced labourers from all over Europe forced to work for the Nazi regime during the Second World War. At the core of the project is a photographic exploration of the past and present aspects of forced labour.

Type of Work: The main idea of the project is to prepare a digital photo exhibition on the topic of forced labour. During the project participants will learn more about Nazi forced labour and explore other examples from the Second World War period. They will also discuss modern forms of forced and unfree labour. Participants are invited to search for traces of forced labour in their home country and to document the results with a camera. As a result of the project, the visual stories will become part of an online exhibition. No prior knowledge in photography is necessary. The project will be accompanied by a professional photographer who give an introduction into photography and help create participants' stories. 

Study Theme: Historical and contemporary forms of forced labour. It is preferable for participants to have an interest in the history of National Socialism and an interest in photography. However, no significant prior experience in photography or professional equipment is required to take part.

Language: The group will speak English. 

Time Commitment: The group will be meeting online Monday - Friday between 09.00 and 12:00 GMT (10.00-13.00 Berlin time). There will be no meetings at the weekend.

Availability: Please note that there is limited availability for online projects, so we allocate these places on a first come, first served basis. 

Interested applicants need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. 
 

You'll need a laptop (smartphones or tablets won't work) and a good internet connection that works with video calls for the project.

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

The main idea of the project is to prepare a digital photo exhibition on the topic of forced labour. During the project participants will learn more about Nazi forced labour and explore other examples from the Second World War period. They will also discuss modern forms of forced and unfree labour. Participants are invited to search for traces of forced labour in their home country and to document the results with a camera. As a result of the project, the visual stories will become part of an online exhibition. No prior knowledge in photography is necessary. 

Skills required for this role:

It is preferable for participants to have an interest in the history of National Socialism and an interest in photography. However, no significant prior experience in photography or professional equipment is required to take part. 

 

Language: The group will speak English. 

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Project Dates: 12 July - 23 July 2021 Time Commitment: The group will be meeting online Monday - Friday between 09.00 and 12:00 GMT (10.00-13.00 Berlin time). There will be no meetings at the weekend.

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Interested applicants need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. Applicants will need to fill out a short application form.  If you want to participate in one of our online projects but you are unable to pay the VSI membership fee, please let VSI know in confidence.

Contact

If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Aine Boyle

Address: Voluntary Service International, 20 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1

Website: www.vsi.ie

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