My name is Lena Hochfellner and I am 20 years old. I am from Vienna, Austria, where I study German and history to become a teacher.
My interest in newer history as well as my antifascist commitment led me to the decision that I want to work as a volunteer here in Oświęcim. Supporting the analysis of the past and the resulting reflexion of the presence is my greatest ambition working together with the young people visiting this place.
My name is Martin Kohlberger. I am a 20 year old from Attnang-Puchheim in Austria. Last year I finished a technical high school for construction and design.
When I was in Oświęcim due to a visit of the Auschwitz Memorial several years ago, I especially was thinking about the controversy of this city with its forced on history. This reflexion but also my interest in history, which is strengthened by political engagement, led me to the decision to work together with young people as a volunteer in the IYMC.
My name is Iryna Nikolaienko. I am 22 years old. I am from Sumy - the north-east of Ukraine. I studied English-Ukrainian translation at university.
After finishing university I was looking for some opportunities abroad. I’ve already worked with the topic of Holocaust in Ukraine, so the ASF project in IYMC was perfect for me. Here I study history, meet a lot of interesting people, but I think the most important thing is to support IYMC, because they are doing a really important work.
My name is Paula Martini, I am 19 years old and I am from the Black Forest in Germany.
I finished school in June last year and I wanted to go abroad for a while. The most important thing for me was the work I was going to do there, so I did not really care about the place or even the country. On my first seminar from my organization ”Internationaler Bund” I met a former volunteer from the IYMC. I was so impressed by what she told, that I decided to come to Oswiecim.
Hello and cześć,
My name is Janina Schnurr, I am 27 years old and I come from Würzburg in Germany. Before my peace service I worked with handicapped persons. A peace service in the IYMC has long been a "heart concern" for me, to work in a place where the groups not only visit the memorial, but also have the opportunity to deal with their impressions.
Since the earliest youth I have been concerned with the history of Germany under national socialism, and the post-war period. Since 2010 I have been traveling regularly to Poland, and so grew interest in Polish history and German / Polish relations.
It has always been important for me not only to talk, but also to act, to stand up for the things that are important to you and not to close your eyes from injustice. Especially nowadays, it seems to me extremely important to keep the knowledge about this part of our history, to deal with it responsibly and to live accordingly.
I am very glad that I have the opportunity to get involved here and to support groups during their stay.