Female Stories Unheard. European Remembrance of Women in Resistance Against National Socialism“ – short “Women in Resistance” is a trinational essay contest between Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic aimed at shedding light on the often overlooked contributions of women to the resistance against National Socialism in Europe. This EU-funded project seeks to honor and remember the untold stories of these courageous women, their invaluable contributions and sacrifices made by these women, highlighting their resilience, strength, and unwavering determination.
The essay contest is open to participants between the ages of 18 and 29. The contest aims to encourage young people to engage with the history of women’s resistance and to reflect on its relevance for contemporary struggles for justice and equality in Europe.
The essay contest’s central theme revolves around amplifying the voices that were often marginalized and overlooked during that tumultuous period of history. It strives to bring attention to the unique experiences, challenges, and acts of resistance carried out by women in three European countries, who fought against the tyranny, discrimination, and persecution imposed by the National Socialist regime.
In preparation for the essay competition, we organize one thematic research camp in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, bringing together scholars, NGOs, and young people to explore the history and legacy of women’s resistance. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, and site visits, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the diverse ways in which women resisted the Nazi regime, from acts of sabotage and espionage to more subtle forms of subversion and dissent.
Through this concept, a multifaceted approach is embraced, focusing on education, commemoration, and the preservation of historical memory. It seeks to educate and inform the public about the specific challenges faced by women in resistance during this period, while also inspiring future generations to learn from their stories and draw strength from their example.
By promoting awareness and understanding of the often-overlooked contributions of women in resistance, this concept aims to foster a more inclusive and comprehensive remembrance of history. It encourages dialogue, research, and the sharing of knowledge to ensure that the legacy of these remarkable women endures, and that their stories become an integral part of the collective memory of European resistance against National Socialism.
Overall, „Women in Resistance“ seeks to challenge the dominant narrative of World War II as a predominantly male struggle and to highlight the crucial role that women played in resisting fascism and building a more just and equitable world. The essay contest stands as a testament to the resilience, courage, and strength of women who defied oppression, risked their lives, and fought for justice, freedom, and human dignity in the face of tyranny. It is a call to remember, honor, and celebrate their extraordinary contributions to our shared history.
The Minister President of the Free State of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, is the patron of our trinational essay contest.