Healing the wounds of History in Berlin

Healing the wounds of history, Berlin, 18th September 2018

Together with people from Poland, Italy, France, Austria, Chile, Israel, Turkey, and Germany, we hold a ritual in 3 parts to heal together past wounds, to let go anger and fear and welcome the future with love and compassion.

The first part we meet in the north part of Berlin at Pastor-Niemöller-Platz, closed by the ex Jewish orphanage (today Wilhelm-Wolff-Straße 36-38, Berlin), from where 150 persons, orphans and staff, were taken in the night of 1 April 1942, and deported to Auschwitz with a train on 2 April 1942. Today the ex-orphanage is a Children Hospice, supporting terminal ill children and their families.

We have a circle of sharing intentions and coloring stones brought from Auschwitz-Birkenau and make lanterns from recycled materials to light our path and a meditative co-creative time in nature.

Our intentions:

to bring wholeness to what was broken

to forgive and ask forgiveness

to find the field in the middle between unsustainable pain and cynicism in which it is possible to transform sadness in compassionate actions

acknowledge

transform feeling guilty

The second part we gather at Platform 17 Memorial from where trains with Jewish were leaving (https://goo.gl/maps/3SsTMgjZkM52). We share a practice inspired by the Work that Reconnects “Truth Mandala” and Social Presencing Theatre, passing through anger, confusion, sadness, fear and transform those emotions in compassion and peace.

The third part we send the stones upon the water.

“We were able to hold a space of forgiveness for everyone. No more separation among perpetrators, victims, indifferent.”

 

The account of Ilaria Olimpico from TheAlbero Blog

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