DOMiD at the 2016 Civic Celebration of the Federal President

On September 9 and 10, Federal President Joachim Gauck hosted a civic celebration (Bürgerfest) at the Bellevue Park and Castle. The festival’s central theme was volunteer work as an important component of civil society. DOMiD was invited because many of our members have spent over 25 years campaigning voluntarily for a culture of remembrance that allows all people to share in collective history.

On Friday, invited guests visited the area surrounding the Bellevue Castle. Guests such as SPD Parliament Member Katarina Barley or Cabinet Spokesman Steffen Seibert demonstrated strong interest our stand. As part of the official program, Ahmet Sezer and Robert Fuchs of DOMiD spoke on the subject “Migration Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – Giving Stage to Togetherness.” Then on Saturday, all interested citizens were able to participate in the civic celebration’s public program. The objects that we brought, such as a “multi-perspectival” Christmas tree, attracted the crowd to the DOMiD stand. Visitors participated in the interactive opportunities that we offered directly on site. In this way, our pin board transformed into a contemporary document, with diverse answers to the question “What does migration mean to you?”

Participating in the Federal President’s civic celebration was a further milestone for DOMiD and highlights the relevance of the documentation and musealization of migration to Germany as well as the need for a central migration museum.