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Visit European Remembrance Sites with the CERS

 

The educational field trips (for pupils/students and adults) are tools to become conscious of the conditions that gave to Europe its political, social and cultural shapes. They show the participants the different influences that contributed to the European integration.

Scy-Chazelles has a very important place among the European remembrance places. The CERS proposes cultural field trips to discover the pioneers of Europe, democracy, the spirit of peace, reconciliation and other European values.

However, the European Union that is taking shape under our eyes is not a recent invention which was born only from the Schuman Plan, but it is the result of a long process, which is as old as Europe itself.

The concept of these educational or cultural field trips was born from this guiding principle. They are organised like big books of Europe and the participant – pupil or senior – is invited to read this book – step by step – by following a chronological order: for instance, from the birth of Carolingian Europe in 800 in Aachen to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 or “from War to Peace” in a tour that starts in Gravelotte (1870) and ends in Strasbourg (Council of Europe) and goes through Verdun (1914-18), the Maginot Line (1940-45) and Scy-Chazelles (House of Robert Schuman, cradle of the Franco-German reconciliation).

The detailed programme of these European cultural field trips and of the visits is organised with the partners. The CERS advises the organisers in choosing accommodation (either at youth hostels, the International Meeting Center of Metz, the partners of the Centre in Germany or in hotels).

 

 

The Proposed Field Trips:

 

Field Trip A

BACK TO THE ROOTS OF THE EUROPEAN IDENTITY: FROM THE  HERITAGE OF CHARLEMAGNE TO THE EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

A journey over ten centuries in five major stages of European history between the ninth and nineteenth centuries

The purpose of the trip is to show the ancient perception that Europeans have of belonging to a community of cultures, built and disseminated through the centuries despite the linguistic and religious, national and political diversity and despite many episodes of regression due to to civil wars or between nations.

 

This fundamental, ancient, living and structuring diversity remains; it constitutes the basemap, the basic framework of the European social and mental space. This cultural ensemble is the superposition of cultural strata; they have a spatial scope that is variable by the intensity of borrowing and transfers, but their accumulation forms the bedrock of European identity.

Among the countless strata that have been spotted since the cultural community was sketched out from the Judeo-Greco-Germano-Latin heritage, were five cultural and intellectual episodes. An arbitrary choice, certainly subjective, but which obeys a selection method:

  • geographic, paths offering a maximum wealth of information,
  • historic, episodes of history granting "moments of pause".

This circuit of European remembrance sites from the ninth to the nineteenth century can continue, in Lorraine, by a path dedicated to "War and Peace in Europe" in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, also organized by the Robert Schuman European Centre.

 

Carolingian Empire

 

Field Trip B

BACK TO THE ROOTS OF THE EUROPEAN IDENTITY: FROM WAR TO PEACE

This journey takes place in the Greater Region Sar-Lor-Lux-Rhineland-Palatinate-Wallonia, this region of Europe of so sorrowful a past, where the last three wars pitting France and Germany against one another have caused thousands of deaths, left many widows and orphans, and has kindles the hatred between these neighbouring peoples… It is on these borderlands that is born the European project of peace that, today, after 60 years without conflict, has been awarded with the Nobel Prize for Peace.

During the tour you will discover the prominent remembrance sites of the wars of 1870 (Musée à Gravelotte), 1914-18 (sites of Verdun) and 1939-40 (works of the Maginot line) and you will see the importance of the role of this territory in the construction of a united Europe. Finally, you will end your tour with a "European Day" at the Robert Schuman House in Scy-Chazelles and a visit to the Council of Europe or the European Parliament in Strasbourg or to European institutions in Luxembourg or Brussels.

 

Field Trip C

BACK TO THE ROOTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: IRON & FIRE AS HERITAGE

For centuries, iron has been worked in the Greater Region, because it had the ore, the water to power the forges and the wood to supply the fire. It is therefore interesting to study the witnesses of our past and analyse the work of iron through the ages. The themes addressed during the trip:

  • Iron through the ages in the Greater Region: Celtic oppida ... on the banks of the rivers (the Greater Region in the Iron Age, the forge and ironworks in the Middle Ages, from big industry to cultural heritage)
  • At the heart of metal: iron, cast iron, steel
  • A few elements of social history…(length and rythm of work, alcoholism, starting from the nineteenth century, paternalism)

 

 

Field Trip D

BACK TO THE ROOTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: THE FATHERS & THE PIONNEERS OF EUROPE

A journey across Europe in the footsteps of the "Fathers & Pioneers of Europe" is also available.

It proposes a discovery of the sites where lived and worked great Europeans: Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Bech, Johan Willem Beyen, Aristide Briand, Winston Churchill, Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, Jacques Delors, Charles de Gaulle, Alcide de Gasperi, Walter Hallstein, Victor Hugo, Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Paul-Henri Spaak, Altiero Spinelli.

From left to right: Max PETITPIERRE (Switzerland), Dr. Östen UNDÉN (Sweden), Joseph BECH (Luxembourg), Robert SCHUMAN (France), Paul-Henri SPAAK (Belgium), Sir Stafford CRIPPS (United Kingdom), Comte SFORZA (Italy)

 

Field Trip E

THE CHALLENGES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Many natural parks or classified natural biotopes exist in the Greater Region.

These regional nature parks are intended to protect the heritage, in particular through appropriate management of natural environments and landscapes; to contribute to the planning of the territory; to promote economic, social, cultural and quality of life development; to provide reception, education and information to the public; to carry out experimental or exemplary actions in the fields mentioned above and to contribute to research programs.

The proposed approach consists mainly of a comparative discovery of natural and cultural heritage management, spatial planning policies, sustainable policies for economic and social development, and so on.