Activities

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2019

Der unbekannte Bruder

Im Blickpunkt (Link)
Münchner Merkur 2.11.2019 

 

"Forum der Kriegskinder" in Grünheide

einar mich henny

Der Artikel Lesen (Link)

Forum der Kriegskinder
Saturday, the 5th October 2019
Roberth-Havemann-Klubhaus ,Grünheide (Mark)
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 Panelet 27 6 19

Paneldiscussion after the premiere of the film "Wars Don't End"

From left: Professor Ingvill Mochmann GESIS (Germany).
Kim Gabrielli, UNICEF (Norway),
Gerd Fleischer (Norwegen) Leaer of SEIF.

Dheeraj Akolkar (Großbritannien) – Scriopt and Direction »Wars Don’t End«.
Henny Granum, Spokeswoman, BORN OF WAR international network.
Knut Papendorf, Professor emeritus, Oslo University.
Felleshus, The Nordic Embassies, Berlin 27.06.2019.The event was organised by Born of War international network (BOW i.n.) under the leadership of Thorleif Blatt.

 

 

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday 27 th June 2019 at 2.00 pm

Felleshus, The Nordic Embassies, Rauchstrasse 1, 10787 Berlin

wars dont

See the program (Link)

 

 Birmingham 2019

in the name of the father1

  

 Exploring the Borderlands"

Gisela Heidenreich, Bericht über die Konferenz in Birmingham  (Link)

 

   

"Wars don't end" a film by Dheeraj Akolkar.

War is hell, but for the children of the occupier and the occupied, hell truly begins when peace comes - and it lasts a lifetime. (Link)

 

Born of War - Vom Krieg geboren

  2017born of war Link

2018

2018 gruppefoto wast6
Foto: Einar Bangsund
Forum der Kriegskinder
Saturday, the 27. October 2018
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin

 

BORN OG WAR - VOM KRIEG GEBOREN.  Europas verleugnete kinder. (Link)

 

2017born of war

 
"Children conceived through wartime rape often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the guns have fallen silent. Their mothers may be marginalized and shunned by their own families and communities. On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we amplify the voices of these forgotten victims of war, who suffer stigma, shame and exclusion in societies polarized by armed conflict."


UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

 

UN, New York: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19th June 2018) 

Alen is a child born out of war rape in Bosnia, and a president of the Assembly of the Association "Forgotten Children of War" from Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
Alen Muhic's speak at the United Nations (Link)

Artikel von Siegfreid Matlok in der Zeitung  "Der Nordschleswiger" :
"Annerkennung und Unterstützung".
Verein Dänischer Kriegskinder besucht Botschafter Andreas Meitzner, Kopenhagen 30. Mai 2018. (Link)

Distelblüten - Russenkinder in Deutschland
 "Die Kindes des Feindes"

Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Thoralf Cleven Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.Der Artikel erschien erstmalig am 28. April 2018 in etlichen Tageszeitungen, eine Auswahl unterhalb des Artikels. (Link)

 

2017

11. Kriegskindertreffen in der Deutschen Dienststelle (WASt)

 2017 Wast fotoA

Auf dem Prgramm stand dieses mal unter anderem die
- Vorstellung des Buches "Vom Krieg geboren - Europas verleugnete Kinder" (Hg.) von Gisela Heidenreich, Ch. Links Verlag,
- Vortrag von Henny Granum "Wie ich deutsche Staatsbürgerin wurde"
- Vortrag "Sanktions- und Verfahrenseinstellungspraxis bezüglich der norwegischen sogenannten   Deutschenmädchen" von Dr. Knut Papendorf sowie viele Erfahrungsberichte der Teilnehmer/innen.

 

Buchpräsentation  Die Nordische Botschaften, Berlin

Born of War - Vom Krieg geboren 23 th of November (Link)

Forum der Kriegskinder
Saturday, the 25. November 2017
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin
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Neues Buch (Link)

Born of War - Vom Krieg geboren

2017born of war

Ch. Links Verlag
 
 
Deutschlandfunk Kultur am 4.Oktober 
7.40 Interview mit Michael-AlexanderLauter

13.05 "Russenbalg" Feature

19.30 "Russenbalg" Feature

 
 

Distelblüten - Russenkinder in Deutschland

Buch (Link)
T
histleflowers - Russian Children in Germany

Book (Link)
 
 
Bundesverdienstkreuz für Ute Baur-Timmerbrink 04.09.2017        (Link)

”Krigsbørnskaravanen” on tour in Denmark (Link)

 
  2017 folkemoedet

War Children Denmark (Danske Krigsbörns Forening) will be representet at Folkemödet at the island Bornholm 2017.

Krigsbörnskaravanen (The War Children project group) will visit Bornhom Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June.

There will by Krigsbörnskaravanen be arranged two panel discussions at the venue Civiltinget:

1. "Taboos and silence", Friday at 4.30 pm - 5.15 pm

2. "Knowing your roots?", Saturday at 4.30 pm - 5.15 pm

Please read about the Folkemödet here: (Link)

 

2016

Kinder des Zweiten Weltkrieges

Stigmatisierung, Ausgrenzung, Bewältigungsstrategien:Von Elke Kleinau (Hg.), Ingwill Mochmann (Hg.). Campus 2016 (Link)

 

  

2016 kinder des 2welt mochmann

 

 
 
Video:
Children of WWll, English and German (Link)
 

29.10.2016

Jubiläum in der Deutschen Dienststelle (WASt)

BORN OF WAR international network 10 Jahre Jubiläum (Link)

 
 
 
Forum der Kriegskinder
Saturday, 29th Octobrer 2016
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin
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VIENNA "LOST IN ADMINISTRATION" 18. - 21. May 2016

by Ute Baur-Timmerbrink


In May I was invited to Vienna to give a speech about my experiences with children of the occupying forces in Germany and Austria.

The Austrian historians Philipp Rohrbach and Nico Wahl began the research program "Lost in Administration" in 2012 and, by means of newspaper advertises searched for "Brown Babies" who were willing to provide information about their lives. They subsequently interviewed numerous children with Afro-American fathers, in Austria and America and who were born of relationships which took place during the occupation. Personal letters and photos provided by these children form the basis of the exhibition “BlackAustria – Children of Afro-American occupation soldiers”, which opened at the Folklore Museum Vienna in April and can be visited until mid-August. In connection with the exhibition twenty-one time witnesses were invited to Vienna from 18 – 21 May.


The half-breed children, as they were called, were stigmatize even more in Austria than in Germany, and the Austrian Government was particularly interested in sending these children in their father’s home land America as quickly as possible. Estimated 30.000 children were born of relationships between Allied and Austrian women during the period 1945 - 1956, but the exact number of children of African American fathers cannot be determined due to lack of documents. Historians and curators Philipp Rohrbach and Nico Wahl estimate the number to approximately 300 to 400 children. For their project "Lost in Administration" they were able to access numerous files and welfare documents from Austria. Three witnesses, who had been adopted by Afro-American couples in the late 1950s, came from the USA to the meeting in Vienna. In Europe, at that time, particularly in Germany and Austria, there emerged something like an illegal market for babies and toddlers. This relieved the social funds system in both countries as the fathers of these children could not be called upon to pay maintenance.


The meeting with three witnesses from America was especially touching. All three had memories of Austria, their country of birth and where they spent their early childhood, but they had forgotten the German language. They explained what it was like when they arrived in America, and that for a long time they felt themselves to be strangers in their Afro-American families. At first they could hardly communicate and they suffered from home sicknesses, for despite having been brought up in orphanages. Austria was their perceived homeland and the longing to return remind. These three people know nothing about their Austrian mother nor their American fathers.
In Austria, the "Brown Babies" had not been accepted because of their skin color, and in America they also remained outsiders because of their appearance. Adoption in the US had been spared the other participants, but they still feel reaction because of their skin color today

At the meeting all said that they had never been in contact with other consistently that they have never been in contact with other African-American children of US soldiers. Everyone - even the Americans found a way to cope in life. During the very first hours together the time witnesses exchanged personal experiences, and all definitely wish to continue and cultivate the newly found friendships.

Talking about my work with GItrace I gave advice and support to those who have a few information about their mother and father, however little this is, in the hope that their research will be successful.

(Foto)

 Austellung: Volkskunde Museum Wien (Link)

 

Berlin

Am 8. Mai 2016 erinnern wir mit einem Museumsfest an das historische Ereignis der bedingungslosen Kapitulation, mit der in der Nacht vom 8. auf den 9. Mai 1945 im heutigen Museumsgebäude der Zweite Weltkrieg in Europa beendet wurde. In diesem Jahr knüpfen wir an eine kleine Tradition an und stellen am 8. Mai ein Land und sein Gedenken an das Kriegsende vor. Diesmal ist es das Königreich Dänemark. Wir möchten unseren Besuchern nahe bringen, welche Bedeutung der Zweite Weltkrieg nicht nur für die Sowjetunion/Russische Föderation, sondern auch für Dänemark hat, wie die Länder ihn erlebten und durchlitten und wie heute daran erinnert wird.

PROGRAM: (Link)

 

Einladung

Dienstag, 19. Januar 2016 um 14u00

Öffentliche Verteidigung zur Erlangung des Grades eines Doktors der Geschichte der philosophischen Fakutät vorgelegt von Gerlinda Swillen :

Verwekt door de Tweede Wereldoorlog

Oorlogskinderen op de as Brussel-Berlijn.

Voorspel – Geboorte – Onthaal.

[Vom Zweiten Weltkrieg gezeugt. Kriegskinder auf der Achse Brüssel-Berlin. Vorspiel – Geburt – Aufnahme]  

Programm

 

2015

Cœurs sans Frontières – Herzen ohne Grenzen 2015
Dix ans déjà!
 
Kriegskinder Forum
Saturday, 31st Octobrer 2015
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin

 

 

Einladung
Internationale Begegnungstagung

Thema: Unsere Väter
Welche Fußabdrücke hinterließen sie in unserem Leben?
Wie gestalten wir verantwortliches gesamteuropäisches Handeln
auf diesem Erfahrungshintergrund? Pracht 18 -20 September (Link)

 
Herrenhäuser Forum:
Besatzungs- und Wehrmachtskinder

Das immer noch heikle Thema "Besatzungs- und Wehrmachtskinder des Zweiten Weltkriegs" wird am 4. Juni 2015 im Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover diskutiert. 

 

Deutsche Historische Museum, Berlin

Buchvorstellung, Lesung

Wir Besatzungskinder. Töchter und Söhne alliierter Soldaten erzählen

Ute Baur-Timmerbrink, Autorin, Berlin

Mittwoch, 29. April 2015, 18.00 Uhr

Auditorium Eintritt frei

 

Veranstaltung rund um das Thema
"Das Schicksal eines amerikanischen Kriegskindes vor dem Hintergrund der zeitgeschichte im deutsch-belgischen Grenzgebiet".
 
18. März 2015 um 19.00 Uhr
 
Allieiirten Museum, Clayalle 135, Berlin (Eintritt frei)
 
Historische Einführung: Dr. Herbert Ruhland.  Zeitzeuge Paul Schmitz (Link)
 
 
 

2014

Kriegskinder Forum
Saturday, 25th. Octobrer 2014
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin
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Monika Benndorf - holländisch / deutsch kriegskind. Vorlesungen aus ihrer Buch: Von der Geschichte befreit oder Von einem Krieg, der endete, aber nicht verging. Der Eintritt zur Lesung am Sonntag, 14.9., ist frei. Weitere Termine: 7.9. Kempen Franziskanerkloster  15.9. Groesbeek/NL, 4.10. Aalten/NL, 28.10. VHS Goch, 30.10. VHS Krefeld. (Link)

 

Vortrag in Aachen von Paul Schmitz

13.09.2014 - Kriegskind – Die Suche nach meinem amerikanischen Vater 
 
 

Frauenmuseum in Bonn has from 13th April - 9th November 2014 an exhibition called Single Mums – Alleinerziehende Mütter und ihre Lebenswelt.

The young Danish women Sunny Pedersen and her baby Maria (Maria Kamieth Niebuhr) and Katrine Johannsen-Pedersen with her baby daughter Yrsa (Yrsa Thane Thomsen) are representing the many young women in Europa, who during World War ll had a child with their German boyfriend, who belonged to the Wehrmacht.

Photos and information about the photos are organised by author Ebba D. Drolshagen and Henny Granum, Danish War Children's Association.

See poster (Link)  And Süddeutsche Zeitung 12th April 2014 (Link) Read also the story about Yrsa Thane Thomsen, Denmark, Catalog Single Mums. (Link)

 

2013

Coeurs sans Frontières -
Herzen ohne Grenzen visit the Parliament in Brussels in November 2013. Photo 1 and Photo 2
 
 
A day for the Children of War
20 th November 2013

18. Historikertreffen - Berlin
28 - 29 Oktober 2013

Kriegskinder Forum
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin
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BOW i.n. Meeting  25. October 2013, Berlin

BOW i.n. Meeting - June, Klekken, Norway

Abschied vom deutschen Vater
50 Jahre deutsche Soldatenfriedhöfe in Finnland
14. Juni 2013

 

2012

17. Hisorikertreffen
29 - 30 Oktober 2012

Kriegskinder Forum
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179, Berlin
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BOW i.n. Meeting - Berlin.

 

French-German meeting 2012
Programme in German and French

2011

16. Hisorikertreffen in Berlin
Oktober 2011

Kriegskinder Forum in Berlin.

BOW i.n. Meeting - October, Berlin.

 

Young Cuckoo
Children of War1940-1945
(Masereelfonds, Anjer, with the co-operation of BOW i.n.)

Who is a War Child?

It is not easy to find a suitable name to children born in a relationship between a native woman and a soldier or collaborator of an enemy army. That they would not have been born but for the war, is what fundamentally differentiates these from other children growing up during the war.

After the second world war it was not only a matter of children conceived by members of the German army in territories occupied by Nazi Germany, but also of children in the occupied Germany.

Nobody talked about these children before 1990. The first research dealt with the mothers and their children in Norway. Not until 2007 has the research in Belgium begun. The very first book about the Belgian children of war was published in September 2009: Koekoekskind – Door de vijand verwekt [1940-1945] (Young Cuckoo – Conceived by the enemy).

The woman writer, Gerlinda Swillen, a child of war herself, uses seventy examples of evidence as starting point. During the interviews she had the opportunity to acquire almost 400 digital photos. Letters from the German soldiers to the Belgian beloved ones are also shown. Anjer and the Masereelfonds exhibit a selection of this collection. The writer and leaders of the Masareefond are curators of the exhibition.

01. April – 10. April 2011
(Weekend 14:00 to 18:00; Monday: closed; Tu-Fr: 13-17 ): Exhibition: Kuckuckskind – Vom Feinde gezeugt [1940-1945]. Fernissage : 1. April 19.00.Introduction by Prof. Dr. Karel Velle, National librarian of the Belgian record office. Admission free.

7. April, 19:30
Literary Soirée (with fragments, letters ... but literary texts too about love during the war, children in war, fugitives, going underground, a town like Gent in wartime ...) Admission: 3 € (members) / 5 € (regular)

10. April, 14:00
Talkby Gerlinda Swillen on the writing of the book, the research and the international dimension ‘Children of War’ with explanation of the shown photos. Admission: 3 € (members) / 5 € (regular).

2010

Kriegskinder Forum in Berlin

BOW i.n. Meeting - October, Berlin.

2009

Network BORN OF WAR (BOW i.n.) was founded in Berlin.

Kriegskinder Forum in Berlin.