09.04.2015 | 20:00 Uhr

From escape agent to smuggler. A fine line towards Europe
Panel discussion / 09. 04. 2015 / 20.00 Uhr / Herder Hall, Weimar

70 years ago the survivors of Buchenwald concentration camp swore an oath to a mutual goal: "Building up a new world of peace and freedom". Today people being forced to leave their countires because of war and terror share this hope. Despite conditions getting worse they are willing to risk their lives to for a safe existence. Questions of illegal border-crossing and escape aid or smuggling accompany the way of these people again and again.

What are the current jurisdictional parameters on escape to Europe? What motivates the smugglers and why do people trust them with their lives? Under what kind of conditions can escape aid be legitimate in present day Europe? These questions and others will be discussed by the following experts of law, escape aid, cultural research and maritime transport:

- Stefan Schmidt, Captain (Cap Amour)

- Dorothea Lindenberg (Women in Exile & Friends)

- Prof Dr Holger Hoffmann (University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld)


- Dr Miriam Schader (University of Münster)

- Claus Christian Malzahn (Host)

An extensive debate is about this subject is necessary when it comes to facing and oppose a general demonization that provides the ground for xenophobic patterns of argumentation.

This event is organised by students of the University of Jena with the support of Memorials Foundation Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora.