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70 years after the end of the war, survivors and relatives are on the road together with Geislingen citizens.

remember yesterday - live today - shape tomorrow // student exchange 2020 Germany // Israel

The German delegation of the student exchange with Ashdod at their preparatory weekend on Nordalb, February 2020

We do not want to stop looking at the past, but also shape the future together. Personal encounters, mutual respect and friendship between Germany and Israel, especially between young people, are steps of peace. Our motto was: “remember yesterday – live today – shape tomorrow”.


today //

A lot has happened in Geislingen: The memorial at the former camp site of the concentration camp satellite camp as well as the Stolperschwelle and the memorial plaque in front of the WMF with the names of all Jewish girls and women who had to do forced labor there were inaugurated with further visits by descendants of the survivors and bear witness to the history of Geislingen during the National Socialist era.


tomorrow //

Chani Rieger, Miryam Sobel’s daughter, said in her speech to the Geislingers, “The Holocaust refuses to become just a part of history. … Let’s create a future together by learning from the past and using our knowledge to build and deepen relationships.”

Malka Zissman, Gita Mann and Lenka Weksberg spoke to hundreds of Geislingen students about their experiences, exhorting them, “Don’t be driven but shape your future.” (G. Mann)

A very good way to do just that is to participate in Geislingen’s first German – Israeli Youth Exchange with Israel.

Apply for the youth exchange and help to shape the future. Remember yesterday, live today, shape tomorrow.

your application //

The application form will be sent to you upon request to ravek@gmx.de


The initiative “remembering – honoring – reconciling” is organizing the first-ever

German-Israeli youth encounter of Geislingen with Israel. Under the motto “remember yesterday – live today – shape tomorrow” we would like to consider together how appropriate remembering the victims of the time of National Socialism and the Shoah can look like today for us personally, what meaning remembering has today at all and how we can work on this background for a future without racism and xenophobia.

What to expect:

We will build relationships with peers from Israel and their families. We will get to know their everyday life, their culture and traditions. During the return visit we will give the Israelis the opportunity to get to know today’s Germany.

We will communicate in English and thus expand our language skills. We will make exciting excursions together and have a lot of fun together.

An international encounter offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience, develop personality, strengthen self-confidence and expand intercultural skills.

The exchange:

The trip to Israel will take place from: Fri 17.4. – Fri 24.4. 2020 (school exemption is requested for Mon 20.4. – Fri 24.4. 2020). The travel group of Israelis will be in Geislingen during the Pentecost vacations from Mon 1.6. – Mon 8.6. 2020.

Leadership: Eva Kerner, Rosemarie Schneider, Tehila Hefetz, N.N.

Costs: depending on flight and train prices as well as requested subsidies and sponsorships approx. 550 €.

Included in the price:

Round-trip flight to Tel Aviv, round-trip flight Stuttgart Berlin, all other transfers by public transport, preparatory meeting German delegation, all entrance fees according to the program, accommodation in host families or in the youth hostel Berlin, full board, delegation T-shirt.

The youth exchange is sponsored by ConAct and the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. German sponsor for the organization: Sozialwerk der Volksmission Geislingen e.V. / worldwide volunteers.

Program points in Israel:

Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Mahane Yehuda, Yad Vashem, Dead Sea, hike in the desert

Program points in Germany: Geislingen and Berlin:

Ulm synagogue, trip on the Danube, climbing forest.


Government district, Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust memorial, Palace of Tears, Berlin Wall, Wannsee Conference House.

Videos from students

Israeli exchange students from “makif dalet” in Ashdod talk about how they deal with the rocket fire from Gaza.