“Female R-existance”: an international project about women during fascism

This year a project dealing with a topic of the female resistance against fascism and national socialism has been organized by SCI Hellas, SCI Italia, SCI Germany and Utilapu Hungary. The project consisted of three week-long seminars in different countries: Athens (Greece), Ravensbrück (Germany) and Rome (Italy).

I missed the one in Greece but participated in German and Italian seminars. I plan to write about both but as I just came back from Rome and the memories are still fresh, I will start with the trip to Italy.

It was my first time in Italy and it was absolutely great! We (I and my husband who participated in the project as well) arrived in Rome 5 days before the seminar and had time to see all the main sites of the Eternal city and to visit a neighboring city Latina, some small towns and churches in the mountains and at the seaside of the Lazio region.

During the seminar in Rome we stayed most of the time in Città dell’Utopia that is also called Casale Garibaldi. There we had some meetings with the local guest speakers, presentations, movies, meals and we worked there on the outcome for the whole project. Almost every day we went to some meetings or excursions out of Casale. Of course they all were connected with the WW2 or women or both. These days we didn’t have time for sightseeing but one night we managed to see the illuminated San Pietro and Castel San Angelo and the last night we went all together to Trastevere – the heart of the drinking Rome.

About the outcome of the project. We are supposed to make a DVD and a publication with the materials from all three seminars. We will still work on it. All this should be finished until the end of this year but as the main part of the job belongs to Italians I can’t predict when it will really happen. The site is already done, but it is quite poor for now, the most of materials will be added later.

Our free days in Rome were just great, the seminar was also fine. I got used to the warm weather! It was painful to come back to Germany where it’s cold, it’s rainy and it’s already autumn. Now I will need a long time to get used to this weather.


YOU(th) can volunteer! The first SCI live talkshow

On 29th of March this year a live talkshow about volunteering was organized by SCI. There were interviews with the volunteers from different branches and working groups of SCI and the videos about the volunteer projects in several countries (like Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland, Kosovo, Kenya etc).

Here is the recording of the show.

I guess it was a good idea to let people know about volunteering and especially about the workcamps. I was made mostly for those who just want to start doing this. The guests of the talkshow were talking a lot about the basics of volunteering and about the organization of the workcamps. So I haven’t heard almost anything new there. Though I have now better idea about what Peace caravan is. Also I liked to watch it because I wanted to see people involved in the show: there were volunteers who I know personally or who I heard about and wanted to get to know. So for me it was about people. But I would recommend everyone interested in volunteer work to watch this talkshow.

BTW. Briefly SCI (Service Civil International) is a volunteer organization that has branches in many countries in the world and organizes workcamps, youth exchanges and other volunteer stuff.