3. Generation Ostdeutschland

Project description

Transformation competence – the relevant concept and focus of the meeting of generations 2013 of the “network 3rd generation East-Germany” which took place in the Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin. The first step was about illumining this concept from different perspectives and its potential use for the future. In the second part a selected choice of examples of the work of the network 3th East-Germany was presented.
The 3th generations meeting took place on the 30th of November 2013. The central topic of the discussion was how the so called “Wendekinder” (children of German reunification) are socialized by two different political systems. What kind of transformation skills did young grown-ups of the third generation East-Germany acquired in their life? This unconscious knowledge was collectively reflected in order to use and learn from each other.

How was the project innovative?

The primary aim of the “network 3th generation East-Germany” is to create a dialogue between as many children of the German reunification as possible. One example was the meeting of the generations in 2013. The network is advocating for an integration/ consideration of the ambivalent experience of the reunification and the double socialization into the design of a modern society.  We would like to encourage a fresh and multifaceted perspective on East-Germany. With new ideas and different points of view we want to shape the future. We would like to create an open dialogue between East and West Germany and as well between the generations. 

How is this project linked to the theme of 20th century European memory?

The third generation of East Germany is a special generation. Young grown-ups who spent their childhood in the East have collected unique experience. These experiences are related to special competencies which the network 3th generation East-Germany tries to discover and to support.  The memory of the former DDR and the debate about the future of East Germany are dominated by “men of an advanced age as Wolfgang Thierse or Gregor Gysi”. We think that this is an old-fashioned way of thinking and we would like to open up the debate for a new generation. Social participation in East and West Germany can be achieved by a social discussion process in which the third generation of East Germany plays a key role. The point is to develop ideas that can be implemented in local, regional and national projects.

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