Day 5

The day started with the participants gathering for breakfast and beginning the serious work by taking part in their usual committee sessions, this time with a new topic and diverse ideas.  Projects committee was all geared up to take it to the next level and moving a bit further towards finalizing the presentation in view of the actionable ideas. Possibility of potential apps based on peace building measures was another thing that this committee discussed in particular. As the MJC 2016 edition moves towards the final phase, the committees are also finding its way towards the business end. The historical narratives committee session also went on to discuss about new topics, accommodating the feedback from the participants involved.

This day was special as post lunch; the MJC management had planned a visit to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg here in Germany, which was active from 1936 to the end of year 1945.  The participants took a tour of the camp in groups listening to the moving history of the place. The attendees, many of them who were visiting the place for the first time were heart broken while listening to the account of the atrocities on the prisoners back in the time.  The tour concluded with a unified prayer from the participants and the team for the departed souls. It was emotional and powerful at the same time. Both Jewish and Muslims participants paid their respects by reciting their respective prayers.

Upon return, the dinner was served. This was followed by a screening of the movie ‘Disturbing the peace’ by Sulaiman Khatib from the combatants of peace. This was a documentary following the creation and the activities of combatants of peace with sharing a message of the need to use non-violent protest as the means to the end goal of ensuring long lasting peace. Simultaneously, the Salam Shalom workshop was also conducted. The workshop featured a German interfaith organization (please include the names that you deem relevant) presenting their case for the otherwise interactive workshop. It focused on how interfaith activities can lead to breaking the stereotypes and paves way for effective and real results as far as co-existence is concerned.