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Remembering the Nazi's homosexual Victims

in GERMANY, 03/12/2004

An invitation to apply for participation in a competition to design a memorial site in Berlin

The Initiative "Remember the homosexual Victims of National Socialism" and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) issue an invitation to apply for participation in a competition to design a memorial site.

The German Federal Lower House (Bundestag) has decided to establish a memorial site in central Berlin for the persecuted homosexual victims of National Socialism. For this purpose an artistic invitation competition will be held. The competition will be carried out by the Berlin City Administration on behalf of the Federal authorities, and in coordination with the Initiative "Remember the homosexual Victims of National Socialism" and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD).

The initiative "Remember the homosexual Victims of National Socialism" and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) call for applications to participate in the competition. For us as initiators it is important that a broad spectrum of artists is addressed. This is why we are introducing an open element into an otherwise invitation competition: some of the artists invited will be chosen via the open phase.

We warmly invite anyone interested to take part in the application process. We do not expect a finished concept but rather a summary or sketch of first ideas for the memorial. It is also important that the applicants describe how they see their participation in the project and what experience they have.

A commission set up by the Initiative "Remember the homosexual Victims of National Socialism" and the LSVD will choose from the submissions the artists who will be invited to take part in the competition.

The planned memorial site is in Berlin-Mitte on the south-east edge of the Tiergarten opposite the site of the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.

The call for participation in the application phase begins on 2nd December. The conditions for participation in the application-phase can also be seen there (in a German and an English version).

The final date for applicants is 31st January 2005. The competition itself will begin in April 2005 with a colloquium and the decision will be made at the turn of the years 2005/2005.
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