Building the bravest library in the world25. September 2021 - 3. December 2021 | Uhrzeiten siehe bitte unten!

Volkshochschule Bochum, Gustav-Heinemann-Platz 2-6, 44787 Bochum

Introductory Seminar to join in building the Fritz Bauer Library with stories of resistance and survival

Together with the Bochum City Library and the VHS Bochum


Dr. Irmtrud Wojak and Jennifer Haas, MA (BUXUS STIFTUNG)), Sven Rüsberg (Bochum City Library) and Astrid Thews (VHS Bochum)

In the introductory workshop we will discuss the understanding of resistance and human rights in the work of Dr. Fritz Bauer. What brings people to resistance, what is the relationship between resistance and human rights, what forms of resistance can we find? We will discuss Fritz Bauer’s statement that there is a duty to resist when human rights are violated and what this means for our democracy and human coexistence.

With the help of examples, we learn about courageous stories of resistance and survival and also gain a first insight into the practice of library work:

  • how does a library actually build itself
  • which media and research possibilities are offered by a library when I want to deal with the topic of human rights and their history
  • how and where can I find books and magazines on the history of human rights
  • which selection of books do I need for individual stories
  • Evaluation and assessment of the significance and quality of sources
  • Internet and World Wide Web as a resource
  • Copyrights (intellectual property)

On the basis of individual (also local) stories, we learn how to build a library of human rights and stories of resistance and survival. Participants can contact the seminar moderators in advance with stories that should be researched in the workshops. Model stories for the workshop will be agreed upon at the beginning of the workshop series.


By mail or by phone at vhs Bochum office or 0234 / 910-15 55


Seminar dates

Saturday 25.09.2021 11.00 – 16.00 hrs
Friday 08.10.2021 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
Saturday 30.10.2021 11.00 – 16.00 hrs
Friday 12.11..2021 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
Saturday 27.11.2021 11.00 – 16.00 hrs
Friday 03.12.2021 14.00 – 18.00 hrs

Participation fees per session: 7,70 Euro

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