»You’re different?« – An Online Exhibition

Picture: The online exhibition »You’re different?« portrays young people from all over Europe, who were excluded and persecuted during the Nazi period for being »different«.

The website www.dubistanders.de is a project of the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The online exhibition portrays young people from all over Europe, who were excluded and persecuted during the Nazi period for being »different«.

»You’re different« was a judgement that the Nazis consciously made about millions of people. A judgement that had fatal consequences. Prejudices, betrayals, bans, hatred, war and concentration camps suddenly invaded the lives of those who were labelled as »different.« »You’re different, you don’t belong here«: that was the message they had to deal with.

The children and teenagers were thrown mercilessly into this new and completely altered situation. In a short space of time, they were no longer allowed to go to school or were bullied by their classmates. All of a sudden they were being excluded or even betrayed by their neighbours and friends. Some were forbidden from using their native language, others from choosing who they could be in a relationship with.

All of that because they had, for example, grown up with a different religion to most people, because they had a disability or because their family simply didn’t qualify as »German«.

But what sort of people were they, what were Sima, Gert, Sophie, Ursula or Vitka like? What mattered to them? What were their lives like? Of course they had their dreams, fears, desires and beliefs. What happenened to these when the Nazis came to power or later when the war broke out? And above all: did they do anything about the terror and violence? Were they able to stand up for who they were? Did they survive?

Visitors of the online exhibition are able to look for answers to these questions and also ask their own. With five pages devoted to each person, the visitors get a good insight into the stories of the early lives. In the section »What do I think?» there is not only space for own comments about the biographies of the young people presented on the website but also space to share own experiences and ideas on the issue of »being different.«

The Youth Web Page is available since 18 September 2012 under www.dubistanders.de (only in German). The page is part of the educational work of the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Many elements of the online exhibition were used in Offers for Schools.

»Children and Youth as Victims of the Nazi Crimes – Five Biographies«

The website »Children and Youth as Victims of the Nazi Crimes – Five Biographies« was used until December 2007 as part of the educational work of the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The website portrays five young people who became victims of Nazi terror.