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Eljub Think Tank Exchange Meeting in Ulm (15.–17.4.2016)

Discussions about a European Catalogue of Basic Values, Remembering the Scholl Siblings.

How can young people  from different cultural backgrounds converse with each other? What should be taken into consideration to create a positive, constructive conversation climate with somebody who perhaps regards quite different values as important than those which matter to you? Last weekend, young people from Germany and Lower Austria discussed these and other questions at the eljub Think Tank exchange meeting in Ulm.

As part of the eljub Think Tank programme from 15.–17. 4. the second bilateral eljub Youth Meeting has already been held. German and Austrian young people met in Ulm an der Donau to engage in debate and share their views. Ulm is the hometown of Hans and Sophie Scholl (the Scholl siblings) who were murdered by the Nazis. During a guided tour of the Adult Education Centre, which for many years was under the directorship of Inge Aicher-Scholl (another sister of the Scholls’), the young people experienced first-hand how much respect and how alive the memory is kept here for the six young students who were executed in Hitler’s Germany. The tour of the Ulm “White Rose” memorial organized by Dr Andreas Lörcher was engaging and motivated intense debate, in particular, about Sophie Scholl – then just 21 years old – and about her directness and courage. This was followed by the opening of the exhibition “Einmischung erwünscht”.

During the afternoon the young people listened to Dr Martin Böhnisch’s introductory talk on the subject of “Peace Policy and the Concept of Diplomacy” at the Aicher Scholl Kolleg (ask Ulm) before heated debate began on the following questions: What does honour and a sense of honour mean in Turkey? What is the difference compared with Germany or Austria? And how about communication among Germans and Austrians – does everything always run smoothly here and without misunderstandings?

The results of the discussion: the young attendees encouraged establishing what may be called a catalogue of basic values, which could be compiled aside from all religion involvement, and should represent issues that – according to the young people – could probably be accepted by people from a wide range of religious backgrounds.

The eljub Think Tank is supported by Erasmus+ as a Structured Dialogue forum.