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"For evil to flourish, it only needs good people who do nothing."
Tensions in the world are increasing. Intolerance, agitation and hatred, racism, Anti-Semitism and group-related inhumanity are on the rise. The political-social discourse in our society is becoming increasingly sharp and irreconcilable. We must find ways to promote our peaceful coexistence.
With a kind of touring exhibition designed for public places we want to
explain their causes,
promote and practice mutual respect, tolerance, civil courage and humanity as an antidote to intolerance, hatred and genocides,
contribute to a peaceful coexistence in the world
This project is under the patronage of the Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life and the Fight against Anti-Semitism in Germany, Dr. Felix Klein.
This project addresses people during their everyday life: On market squares and in other public spaces, where the travelling exhibition is set up in the form of accessible tunnels. The concept was successfully developed in Mexico (see video) and we have the chance to bring it to Germany and beyons. We are looking for supporters, fellow campaigners and financial support, to promote a peaceful coexistence in our world, based on mutual respect, tolerance and a better understanding of genocides and their causes.
Why is this exhibition called "Tolerance-Tunnel"?
Tolerance is in demand towards positions that one rejects (perhaps even strongly), but which one still recognizes as admissable positions (i.e. within the space of the declaration of human rights and democracy). To practice tolerance is often exhausting for all involved. It is a tightrope walk that can also fail - if too much or too little tolerance is practiced. Tolerance must not be borderless, otherwise it will abolish itself.
Tolerance must be practiced - again and again, especially in a democracy. It is required from all members in our society. Those who engage in an open and respectful dialogue with people that promote radically different positions are also likely to learn something, about the positions, the other person and themselves and therefore to come out changed. These aspects of challenge and change are captured by the concept of the tolerance tunnel: a tunnel does not necessarily arouse pleasant or positive associations, but it does have a connecting element. You change your location, you arrive at a new place and often gain new (in)sights.
While we promote tolerance it must be clear that positions, opinions or actions can or cannot be tolerated (i.e. if they are too intolerant themselves) - but not people: People are not only to be tolerated, but respected.
Prof. Matitjahu Kellig and Dr. Martin Anduschus describe the project.
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Prof. em. Matitjahu Kellig:
Matitjahu Kellig was born in 1949 and studied at the music academies in Stuttgart and Munich. In 1978 he became a lecturer for piano and chamber music at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. From 1992 Matitjahu Kellig led a piano class as professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. Extensive concert tours have taken Matitjahu Kellig to over 60 countries around the world. He is the chairman of the Jewish community in Detmold-Herford and has been working for many years to promote understanding between the religions and peoples of the world. Contact:
Dr. Jarek Nikolaus Korczynski
Jarek Nikolaus Korczynski studied political science and economics at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, where he also completed his doctorate. From 2016 to 2019, he worked on projects with the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Martin Anduschus
Martin Anduschus was born in 1963 and studied philosophy and German language and literature at the FU Berlin, Stanford University California and the University of Hamburg, where he received his doctorate in philosophy. He is working as a manager in an international corporation. Contact: