We wanted to show three epochs: past, present, and future
- The past: pictures from WWII
- The present: Picture from conflicts after WWII (e.g.: Srebenica, Ukraine, anti-Semitism, racism, 9/11)
- The future: black background, middle: green paper (“hope”) with peace symbols
Our aim was to compare WWII and the situation in the world today.
- Question from the past to the present: There is still violence, brutality, and bestiality in the world, so we wanted to ask: Do you still remember (WWII)? Did we learn something about WWII and what did we learn? Why are there still people hurting each other although they know about the inhumane cruelties of the past?
- Question from the present to the future: How much did the world change (since WWII)? It is important to say, that we don’t want to provoke anybody. Of course it is not easy to compare a world war with a civil war or the anti-Semitism from the past with today. But we have to think about the question “Did WWII really end?” There are still some symptoms from the past we have to take the time to think about and to work with.
- Answer and aim for the future: Knowledge is power! We found this sentence in the Core Exhibition of the POLIN museum. This was the first sentence we had and with this short sentence we started our whole art project. Only through knowledge and education will it be possible to live in a peaceful world.
Summary: We have to keep the memories of WWII alive. It is our responsibility to learn from history and to prevent such inhumane cruelties from ever happening again. The Polin Meeting Point is a great intercultural educational experience for understanding the perspectives of other countries regarding WWII remembrance and also to build personal international friendships. Programs like this contribute to a world in which people can live together peacefully.