Unterstützter der Toleranz-Tunnel:
Dr. Felix Klein, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für jüdisches Leben in Deutschland und den Kampf gegen Antisemitismus, Schirmherr des Projektes Toleranz-Tunnel
Maria Behrens, Vorsitzende des Fördervereins der Musikschule Ouagadougou A.M.E.M. e.V.
Iris Berben, Schauspielerin
Jürgen Berghahn, Mitglied des Landtages NRW
Hans Bertels, Kanzler Hochschule für Musik Detmold
Dieter Bökemeier, Pfarrer
Walter Brinkmann
Katrin Budde, Mitglied des Bundestages, Vorsitzende Ausschuss Kultur und Medien
Ali Can, Leiter des VielRespektZentrum Essen
Christian Dahm, Mitglied des Landtages NRW
Dr. Karamba Diaby, Mitglied des Bundestages
Dr. Joachim Eberhardt, Bibliotheksdirektor
Dr. Thomas Feist
Katrin Girlich
Prof. Dr. Rebecca Grotjahn, Musikwissenschaftlerin
Dr. Gregor Gysi, Mitglied des Bundestages
Dr. Uwe Günther, Deutsch-israelische Gesellschaft, Vorstand der AG Bielefeld
Bettina Hanke-Postma, Beauftrage für christlichen-jüdischen Dialog
Georg Heckel, Intendant Landestheater Detmold
Werner Holtmann
Dr. Sarah Kass, Leitung Deutsches Institut für Erinnerungskultur
KrisKarus, Musiker
Christoph Laue
Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Antisemitismusbeauftragte des Landes NRW, Bundesministerin a.D.
Bürgermeister Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator für Kultur und Europa in Berlin
Helge Lindh, Mitglied des Bundestages
Dr. Dennis Maelzer, Mitglied des Landtages NRW
Prof. Dr. Paul Mecheril, Professor für Erziehungswissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Migration
Roderick Miller, Vorsitzender Tracing the Past e.V.
Landrat Jürgen Müller, Kreis Herford
Landrat Hans-Jürgen Petrauschke, Rhein-Kreis Neuss
Micheline Prüter-Müller, Geschäftsführerin Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit in Lippe e.V.
Gudrun Mitschke-Buchholz, Historikerin
Martin Rabanus, Mitglied des Bundestages
Laura Relitzki, Studentin, Vorsitzende des Fördervereins der Musikschule Ouagadougou A.M.E.M. e.V.
Zwi Rapoport, Landesverband der jüdischen Gemeinden Westfalen-Lippe K.d.ö.R.
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss, Schauspieler
Ulla Schmidt, Mitglied des Bundestages, Bundestagsvizepräsidentin a.D.
Robert Schupp, Schauspieler
Stella Schwake, Studentin
Stefan Schartze, Mitglied des Bundestages
Dr. Christian Staffa, Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin
Ellen Stock, Mitglied des Landtages NRW
Friedrick Straetmanns, Mitglied des Bundestages
Benjamin Strasser, Mitlgied des Bundestages
Angelika Thiel-Vigh, Leitung Koordinierungsstelle Tolerantes Brandenburg
Dirk Ukena,
Volkshochschuldirektor i.R. Bielefeld
Robin Wagener, Richter
Wallbrechter, Cäcilie & Johannes
Wallbrechter Josepha, Klösterl Apotheke
Blanka Weber

Goals of the project

  • Dissemination of knowledge about genocides, in particular (but not only) the Shoah

  • Enhance understanding of factors that promote genocides (e.g. incitement of hatred against minorities, dehumanisation, turning a blind eye on intolerance and discrimination, failure by the majority to act) 

  • Strengthening the "moral action potential" for tolerance and humanity on the basis of human rights

  • Contribution to freedom and peace between people through information and education

 
 

Activities

  • Temporary construction of lightweight accessible structures or "tunnels" in public places.

    • These tunnels have a eye-catching and inviting design. They contain images, texts and interactive elements.

      • on genocides, victims, perpetrators, followers and opponents

      • causes of genocides

      • tolerance and humanity as a shield against genocides

    • People can pass by or walk through the tunnels. This is a low-threshold event.

  • Further information on the concrete design of the tunnels can be found here:​

 
  • The tunnels can contain interactive elements and refer to information on the Internet:

    • Links to information about the local face of the Shoah. Which people lived in the vicinity of the current exhibition and what has become of them? 

    • Option for teachers and pupils to do their own research and enrich data on the Internet 

    • Information on other genocides and their causes

    • How do people behave in the face of genocides in their environment and what do we learn from it?

    • What are current prejudices of the visitors and the society they live in? (e.g. option to participate in an Implicit Association Test)

    • How can tolerance and humanity be strengthened?

 
  • The concrete procedure - how to get a tunnel in a public space

  1. Those interested in a touring exhibition of a tolerance-tunnel register with us (interested parties can be e.g. local authorities, religious communities, educational institutions, shopping centres, etc.)

  2. Interested parties receive an information package including information such as recommendations for the preparation and follow-up of the event, information for the involvement of local institutions and for multipliers and information about the construction and dismantling of the tunnels  

  3. Conclusion of a contract and fixing of a date

  4. Preparation of the action by the interested party including press releases and training of potential tunnel guides (optional), construction of the tunnel on a public space (we provide a manual and can offer support)

  5. Opening event, further press releases and accompanying activities such as lectures and duscussions e.g. about the local face of the holocaust and current faces of intolerance and hate 

  6. Dismantling of the tunnel and follow-up 

 

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  • Further information on interactive elements and digital content 

    • Digital and interactive elements complement and deepen the physically provided information. They also encourage reflection on one's own thought patterns and invite active participation:

      • What victims of National Socialism were there in my region?

      • Option for teachers and pupils to do their own research and enrich the data on the Internet

      • Information on other genocides and their causes.

      • How do people behave in the face of genocide in their environment and what do we learn from it?

      • What are the current anti-Semitic or racist incidents in the respective exhibition environment?

      • What other forms of intolerance and discrimination exist today in our society and at the respective exhibition site? How is this dealt with in concrete terms?

      • What do people in my immediate environment say about discrimination?

      • How can everyone concretely strengthen tolerance and humanity?
         

    • What patterns of prejudice do visitors currently exhibit?
      Visitors are referred to the so-called "Implicit Association Test" and can thus check their own thought patterns and be encouraged to confront their own prejudices.
       

    • Education on "How to talk with extremists"
       

    • Links to additional sources of information on intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism, for example: https://www.mappingthelives.org/, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, ISD, Mobile Beratung gegen Rechtsextremismus OWL
       

    • Links to information on the Internet, which can be accessed simply by scanning a QR code with a smart phone. QR codes can also be distributed around the travelling exhibition, e.g. on posters or postcards, to guide people to the tunnel. (follow this link for example)

    • 3D projections via smartphones, tablet or glasses may enable visitors to better visualize distant places. It is planned to build on existing material, such that e.g. memorial sites can also be virtually accessed via the tunnels (follow this link for an example).  

You can download a description of the project with further details here 

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  • The international perspective, our Mexican role model 

    • This concept is based on the activities of our partners in Mexico City: The Museo Memorial y Tolerancia, in cooperation with the German Embassy, has developed tolerance tunnels to promote tolerance and humanity and has sent them on their way across Mexico. 

    • We would now like to bring the tolerance tunnels to Germany.

    • These tunnels promote the memory of genocides and tolerance on the basis of humand rights and they may travel throughout Europe to contribute to a peaceful coexistance.

    • We are striving for a realisation that goes beyond Europe.

 
  • The international perspective, our Mexican role model 

    • This concept is based on the activities of our partners in Mexico City: The Museo Memorial y Tolerancia, in cooperation with the German Embassy, has developed tolerance tunnels to promote tolerance and humanity and has sent them on their way across Mexico. 

    • We would now like to bring the tolerance tunnels to Germany.

    • These tunnels promote the memory of genocides and tolerance on the basis of humand rights and they may travel throughout Europe to contribute to a peaceful coexistance.

    • We are striving for a realisation that goes beyond Europe.

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Tolerance, Memory & Humanity