Memorial of Rivesaltes Camp (France), in cooperation with Buchenwald Memorial (Germany), Foundation Fossoli (Italy), Museum-Memorial of Exile La Jonquera (Spain) and Les Territoires de Mémoire (Belgium) are organizing an European Youth Encounter “Memory and commitment” at the Memorial of Rivesaltes Camp (France) from June 28th to July 5th, 2017. Partner organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH (YIHR BiH).

The aim of the encounter is to exchange and work on the topic “memory and civic commitment” – How to connect dealing with the past and commitment for the present? How can memory work help to develop and strengthen the commitment for current causes, as the defense of human rights and the fight against xenophobia?

Activities of the encounter are workshops, visits, encounters with associations and artists who are involved in the defense of human rights, round-tables, artistic performance with young Syrians about the current situation in Syria. The participants will be asked to do some preparatory work which they will present and discuss during the encounter.

Participants will be young adults between 18 and 25 years who are active in the field of memory work and civil society, from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain – three participants from each country.

YIHR BiH is looking for participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can apply by sending your CV and motivational letter to, no later than June 7th (16.00h). The working language will be English.

More about the Rivesaltes Camp (France):

The Rivesaltes Camp, in South-Western France, nearby the Spanish border, was opened in 1939 as a military camp. From 1939 on it served also for many other purposes: after 1941 it was used by the French State as an internment camp for “undesirable foreigners”, especially Spanish refugees, Jews and Roma; in 1942 it served as a detention and transit camp for Jews who were then deported to the Nazi extermination camps in Eastern Europe; after 1944 and the liberation of France, collaborators and German prisoners of war were interned there; after 1962, it was then used for several years as a camp for  Muslim Algerians who had served as auxiliaries with the French Army during the Algerian War of independence (1954–1962), and then, from 1986 until it’s closure in 2007, the camp was partially used as a detention center for illegal immigrants.  The Memorial of the Rivesaltes Camp, which is documenting the different layers of it’s history, was inaugurated in 2015.