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Source: Koerber Foundation About five years ago, Lisa Querner took part in the 2014/15 history competition »Be different. Outsiders in History «. Together with her then 10th grade at the Luisengymnasium in Hamburg, the now 22-year-old researched an apparently repressed history. Louisa Lorenzen spoke to her.

The work of the total of 24 participants with the title »› It’s the girls who cannot comply ‹. Caring exclusion by the Hamburg midnight mission around 1930 «tells the story of the Hamburg Diakonieverband in times of National Socialism. Lisa describes the subject today as a “black hole” of the past, which was particularly evident during the research work. The participation of the 10th grade in the history competition is all the more important. Today Lisa is studying history and theology – matching the topic of her history competition entry. The Midnight Mission was founded as a Christian welfare association that specifically looked after girls and women who lived on the margins of society. From 1933 and before, both pastors and employees represented National Socialist ideologies and evidently carried these convictions outwards. “At the time, we were concerned with the norms and values ​​that the Christian welfare association represented and ultimately found out that many racial ideological ideas were involved.” Lisa, who has been volunteering for many years in of the Evangelical Church committed, especially shocked. The Hamburg native would have hoped for a different approach to her own past from the church representatives who were questioned by the students in the course of the research. In an interview, she makes it clear that history is not about assigning blame, but about »[…] taking responsibility and finding a way to deal with these difficult issues.” Experiences from searching for traces Working with original sources fascinated the student at the time and made history tangible for them. The concept of “learning from history” is expressed too pathetically for her. “The situations are different today. But what you can learn from history is that it was always people who made decisions. Decisions that have often proven to be wrong. But since they are all man-made, history teaches that we decide here and now what our future looks like, “explains Lisa. Her interest in dealing with and conveying history was awakened by participating in the history competition, so that after graduating from high school she decided to study for a teaching degree with subjects in history and theology for high schools. After her studies, however, the student sees herself more in the extracurricular area and would like to devote herself to political education as well as the culture of remembrance and dealing with history. “The internship in the office of the history competition in Hamburg, which I completed at the beginning of 2019, and the subsequent work as a student assistant fit perfectly with my area of ​​interest in teaching history,” says the student. Lisa’s experiences in the search for clues shaped her particularly with regard to her understanding of history and the culture of remembrance. “It’s up to us to ask questions about history and look for answers ourselves. The competition contributes to this in a very exciting and exploratory way. Everyone can do their own research when dealing with history and thus take on part of social responsibility. This is the only way we can take a step into the future. «How do we want to be remembered? “For me, the past only becomes relevant when it becomes history. This is of course always linked to today’s perspectives and also to the question: How do we want to deal with it? Do we want to remember it or not? ”According to the student, there is still a need for action, because in the last few decades people have tried to forget some parts of the story as quickly as possible instead of working through them. We will also be remembered later, says Lisa, and the responsibility lies with us as to how we want to be remembered. “How do we actually deal with people who have been pushed to the margins of society? How will we think about dealing with the homeless in 50 years’ time? «A contribution to the series:» Commitment and impact on site «: Award winners report on the year after their participation in the Federal President’s history competition More about the history competition


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