Tolerance Congress successful!

September 2010, Banska Bystrica (Slovakia):

13 Nations signed a proclamation at the Tolerance congress of the European martyr cities and villages. Ioana Dinu and Danny Piel took part.

Be tolerant and remember the National Socialism and their victims. This should be our aim in the whole life and longer. That’s why the Network of martyr cities and villages is important. The proclamation for extending, organizing and the way to go on with the Network of European martyrs cities and villages was an important goal of this congress.  The congress was organized by the Museum of Slovak National Uprising in Banska Bystrica.

The delegations of 13 European countries arrived at the 20th of September in Banska Bystrica for the Tolerance congress. The Germans were represented by the group of aktuelles Forum with Sven Borsche, Klaus Amoneit, Hellmut Walz and Hellmut Hellwig and also Ioana Dinu and Danny Piel as part of the student conference.

The congress day was the 21st of September. It was parted in the main congress and the student conference. Everybody was able to change between the two parts. At the end of the congress day all 13 nations signed a proclamation for extending, organizing and the way to go on with the Network of European martyrs cities and villages.

The 13 nations were: Belarus, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Netherlands and Ukraine.

In the other two days we were visiting the culture landmark in Kaliste and heard the story of a surviving girl of the burned city and we also visited Banska Stianica. Kaliste was burned down by national socialists. After that nobody lived in that village anytime. It is now step by step rebuilt as a national culture landmark of Slovakia. Banska Stianica was a coal mine city.

The congress ended with the big ceremony of handing out the proclamations to the different country representatives. So we thank the Museum of Slovak National Uprising for a great organized congress. The next congress is going to be in Minsk Belarus in 2012. Good luck and see you in Minsk.

Danny Piel, Germany November 2010Danny Piel and Ioana Dinu in front of congress room

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