Κοινότητα Λεχόβου - Call To Conference


Call to Conference from the Cultural Association of Lehovo “Profitis Ilias” on the topic of Martyr Communities and Places in Greece: Education and Reconciliation

Κοινότητα Λεχόβου

The Cultural Association of Lehovo “Profitis Ilias” is calling to a conference on the topic of martyr villages and places of Greece. This term is used to sum up the places that have suffered greatly under the Nazi-Occupation of Greece during the Second World War. Numerous examples exist, such as Hortiatis, Kalavryta, Distomo and others.

The Cultural Association of Lehovo aims at a conference that:
-- Deals with the topic from an educational point of view -- Creates synergies with civil society players within Greece and Europe -- Promotes the creation of civil society partnerships with the German civil society -- Intents reconciliation within the Greek society -- And seeks to reconcile the relationship between Greece and Germany on the issue

Main goal of this conference is to establish a transnational network to highlight the issues of Greek martyr places, their history, the role they played during the Greek Resistance and finally and most importantly, to create a summer academy in Western Makedonia in Greece. The summer academy will deal with education of teachers, academics and civilians and ways of remembering and identities and highlight the history of martyr communities and places in Greece.

We do believe that the history of martyr places, which is also the history of Lehovo, must be processed and exhibited, as a great part of Modern Greek, German and European history. It is our common past that we have to work with in order to create a better future.

For our martyr villages to gain a new perspective and for the Greek society to deal with the traumatic experience of the Second World War but also in order to reconcile this trauma with German partners, we consider the issue paramount.

The conference is to take place in Lehovo and other places of Western Makedonia, Northern Greece, on 19-23 May 2016. More information will be provided soon.

Below you can download the call for support in German and Greek written by the President of the Cultural Association of Lehovo.

For questions you can turn to the association’s project consultant at babis@polisis.eu

Download Call-For-Support PDF (Greek)

Download Call-For-Support PDF (German)