The Beit Project – Nomadic School of European Remembrance in Athens

The Nomadic school of European Remembrance
The Nomadic school of European Remembrance responds to the need to create a dialogue between young
European people from different social cultural backgrounds and functional diversity through the study and
interpretation of their urban environment and its history. For several days in each session, youth from two
different educational institutions get to know each other and work together around an ephemeral and nomadic
school installed in a place of heritage. They take ownership of this historical place by working on traces of the
past, social issues and video production. The idea of the project is to transform the perception of diversity into a
richness and to build a common dialogue, but also to develop an analysis of the city through the interpretation of
the traces of the past.
Since April 2022, the Nomadic school of European Remembrance has been in Marseille, Brussels, Barcelona,
Sofia, Athens and Timișoara. and took place in very significant locations :
● Le Panier in Marseille : a district greatly destroyed during the Second World War by Nazi forces and the
Vichy French Government to “erase” the local Resistance. A small Memorial of Deportation Camps is
located in the very same area, in an old Bunker.
● Les Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels located in the city center, where can be found many traces of the Nazi
occupation, and the deportation of many of the local its Jewish population but also traces about the
Congo’s colonization history.
● The Estació de França in Barcelona : the historical Barcelona train station which was an unique
opportunity for youth to discover all the traces linked to WWII, Francoism and symbols of exile during
● Serdika Center in Sofia where the synagogue commemorates the rescue of the Jewish community and
the local resistance to Nazis. The Banya Bachi Mosque and other main catholic edifices are located in
this place, as well as a architectural ensemble of three socialist classicism edifices where the former
Bulgarian Communist Party had its headquarter
● Thiseío district in Athens, in front of the Holocaust Memorial. The site is close to the synagogue in
Melidoni street where Jews of Athens were trapped and captured by the Germans. Nearly 90 percent of
Greek Jews were sent to concentration camps and exterminated
● Victory square in Timisoara, where the city was proclaimed in 1989 the first city free of communism in
Romania, the starting point of a revolution which liberated the country from the dictatorship of Nicolae
The project’s main objectives are:

● To reveal the memory of places and develop a common reflection between very different groups around
the current realities related to it: raise awareness of discrimination of all types established in the past in
Europe; allow an open dialogue between very different parts of local society on the memory of the city
and the current perception of the other; raise awareness of the importance of European remembrance
work for the preservation and deepening of democracy; be aware of the past to enhance the value of the
● To connect historical realities – local and global in Europe – creating a reflection on the current situation
of discrimination still present in Europe. Conceived as a European Journey, each participating group will
send to the next city the most relevant and profound questions that, following their interpretation, the
remembrance site raises. This "Relay-journey" generates common interpretations of history, precisely
thanks to the diverse perspectives on the same theme.
875 youth and 1600 adults have participated directly through on-site workshops managed by a
consortium of 7 experienced partners, ending in Timisoara ECoC 2023 with the photos exhibition in the
urban space (Botanical garden fences) viewed by hundreds of people during one month.