Germany is traditionally an important partner for Ukraine, and our NGO also cooperates and implements interesting projects with German partners. Moreover, the head of our NGO is a German.
In 2020 and 2021, we implemented the FutureFlashBack project with the support of the German EVZ Foundation (the program is called MEET UP! It’s Ukrainian-German youth meetings): pupils from Zdolbuniv (Ukraine), Germany and Turkey went on a virtual journey through time, discussed online various topics connected with the future and prepared an exhibition that will be shown in the open air in three cities.
The initiator, coordinator and our main partner of this project is dieKunstBauStelle e.V. in Landsberg.
In the context of the development of industrial cultural heritage, we are in communication with the city of Völklingen, where former metallurgical plant was turned into a “center of Art and European industrial culture”; the complex of the former plant itself has been awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Unesco Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte).
We communicate with representatives of the city administration of Völklingen and the Völklinger Hütte and plan to submit joint projects for grants in order to promote industrial culture in Zdolbuniv and, in general, to bring the two cities and their residents together.
Völklinger Hütte – a good expample for the development of Industrial Cultural Heritage
Another interesting direction is the cultural heritage of Volhynian Germans.
Map of mennonite settlements in Ostroh region (https://ratzlaffhistory.blogspot.com)
We are already in contacts with descendants of German settlers in Germany, USA and Canada as well as with other relevant organizations, we plan projects in future such as youth exchanges and (scientific) genealogical research.
German settler nearby Smyha (Dubno District) German architecture of school building (nearby Smyha)
We believe that history can and should be used to build bridges into future and to help rural Ukraine to foster local development and international cooperation.