Training course “Uprooted – (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II”

Join the upcoming training course to learn about stolen children during World War II and get trained so that you can cover this topic in your educational activities.

In the training, you will learn our teaching materials.
In the training, you will learn our teaching materials. (© Kreisau-Initiative e. V.)

Time: 25.-31.1.2024

Place: Krzyżowa, Poland

“Uprooted – (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II” is an international programme focusing on children who were abducted from German-occupied parts of countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine during the Second World War and taken back to Germany where they were subjected to forced “Aryanization”. To this day, their story is almost completely unknown, although they too count among the victims of National Socialist crimes.

By considering and showing the history of these forcibly abducted and uprooted children, we would like to encourage a confrontation with the racist and inhuman ideology of the National Socialists. Furthermore, we would like to advocate for raising awareness of the importance of children's rights and to address their violations in today's world.

All the participants will have the opportunity to join the pool of trainers working with youngsters in the "Uprooted" youth exchanges.

In the training course, you will:

  • get a better understanding of the topic of stolen children during World War II,
  • participate in lectures and training units facilitated by experienced "Uprooted" trainers as well as external experts,
  • learn educational resources to teach about this topic,
  • learn how to teach sensitive topics effectively,
  • get a chance to connect with like-minded educators, teachers, and facilitators, and to share best practices.

The training is for you if you:

  • are an experienced practitioner: a teacher, an educator, a youth leader, or a professional working in the field of youth work, citizenship education, or history,
  • are a motivated newcomer: If you are interested in the topic and historical non-formal education but have no experience, you are still welcome to join the training,
  • are at least 18 years old,
  • live in one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, or Turkey,
  • are fluent in English.




The participation fee depends on the country you live in. Full board and accommodation are included.

  • country group 1: 80 € – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
  • country group 2: 50 € – Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey
  • country group 3: 30 € – Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia

Travel costs reimbursement:

We reimburse travel costs in accordance with the distance band of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The distance band of maximum reimbursement per participant is based on this distance calculator.

  • Between 10 and 99 km: 23 € rate of maximum reimbursement
  • Between 100 and 499 km: 180 € rate of maximum reimbursement
  • Between 500 and 1999 km: 275 € rate of maximum reimbursement
  • Between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 € rate of maximum reimbursement

Reimbursements of travel costs will be issued in cash or per bank transfer to you exclusively during the training course. We do not provide any type of pre-payments or post-payments for the reimbursement of travel costs.

Travelling to Krzyżowa:

We will help you to find the best itinerary. We advise you to plan your journey via Berlin (Germany) or Wrocław (Poland), and from these cities, we will organize shuttle bus services to Krzyżowa. We strive to protect the environment. Therefore we encourage you to consider travelling to the event venue on land as much as possible.




Kreisau-Initiative, Germany

Project partners:

Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Poland Post Bellum, Czech Republic Tolerspace, Ukraine


The training course is funded by the European Union.

How to apply:

Please fill in the application form by 15th December 2023. The participants will be selected on the basis of motivation and the available number of places per country. You will be informed by 20th December 2023 if you can participate and then receive more details.

Contact information:

Rene Wennmacher, wennmacher [at] Project Manager