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Europe
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Czech Republic, Germany, World War II, Communism, Velvet Revolution
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Germany and the Czech Republic have a very long and close history together with each side alternately oppressing or expelling the other. I am to show both sides of the story, looking for what has kept these people apart for nearly 60 years.
Kerstin Hacker

1994 — student runner-up

Studying at the FAMU (Prague University of Performing Arts), I have lived the past three years as a German amidst Czechs. Through these years, I developed a high interest in the relationship between the people of post war Germany and Czech Republic. Germany and the Czech Republic have a very long and close history together.

During the years 1939 - 45, Bohemia and Moravia were oppressed by fascist Germany. Many Czech people suffered. Immediately after the war, the Czechs revenged this by expelling nearly all Germans (Sudetendeutsche) from their homes. Consequently, these Germans suffered.

Then came the Communist era, in which any expelling was officially denied.

Although expectations for a better mutually understanding rose with the Velvet Revolution (1989), the emotional wounds on both sides still appear too deep to expect any improvement in the next years.

In showing both sides of the story, I will look for what has kept these people apart for nearly 60 years. And I hope to find what should bring them together. I will explore how recent history still manifests itself in everyday life. My theme, therefore, will be hopes, hates and desires in which both sides are the same. And I have the hope, that what I want to tell in my pictures, will make our generation understand, that there is no reason to carry on with the unlucky history and that we have the chance to proof the world that forgiving is worth a try.

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