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Ingeborg Morgner
Fri Apr 13 2012, 10:31am
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by Ingeborg Morgner

Four months have elapsed since our visit to our partners from the  Grundtvig Project group "More than Neighbours" at the University of Liberec. The members of both groups elaborated independently documentation about the “Textile industry the both regions – in the past and in the present” in this time. Now we waited anxiously all for the results. Finally we were able to make our common meeting last weekend and could welcome our friends of Liberec in Chemnitz. In the focus of the encounter was the exchange of experiences about our work at the project "More than Neighbours".

Many questions were moving us. The Czech friends wanted our help in the using of the common internet platform. It was practiced in the computer room together and the success came quickly. Now our friends are also able to present their work at the project platform and they can communicate with the others partners.
The opening of a joint photo exhibition by the seniors groups from Liberec and Chemnitz was another highlight. A member of the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra Chemnitz, which is a Czech citizen, played a harp solo by Smetana for the guests. The seniors agreed during the conversations that they wished more of such exhibitions.

The next topic could be “Young and Old” for that.

In the evening we talked in a relaxed atmosphere about of all questions, which we have like about our families, our hobbies or our former professions. The seniors talked also about such topics, like
     •  What impacts had been the fundamental changes of the 80s and 90s on our own personal life?
     •  What for opportunities and possibilities give the Global Europe the individual?

All discussions were conducted in English and the seniors were very proud about that. We agreed that we could show our presentations about the textile industry in school classes of our home towns, so that the students understand the history of their region better. As a further topic of our common work, we want to document how the river Elbe unites our two nations. This meeting should not be the last between our both groups. So we want to go to the meeting of all project team members in Ghent in May together by bus. E-mails are exchanged between individual group members regularly, and all are also looking forward to a further meeting at the River Elbe in autumn. I was personally very touched by the friendliness and welcoming atmosphere of this meeting.


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