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Our Work with Volunteers from "Action Reconciliation Service for Peace" (Ot Hakapara v’Hashalom)

 

Every year, the Moreshet Archive is honored to receive the assistance of volunteers from the German organization “Action Reconciliation Service for Peace” (ARSP). ARSP volunteers work on a variety of projects, including scanning documents, translating German documents, and other important tasks.

 

 

ARSP is a volunteer organization that was established after WWII for the purpose of contending with Germany’s Nazi past. It was founded in 1958 in response to an appeal made by Protestant minister Lothar Kreyssig to establish an organization that would go beyond verbal declarations and financial compensation and would be committed to undertaking active work in the countries that suffered at the hands of the Nazis. The organization, which regards volunteerism as a means of improving relations and striving toward peace, has a goal of promoting dialogue between members of different generations, cultures, and religions and of working with people who are trying to create a better and more just world.

 

ARSP has been operating in Israel under the name Ot Hakapara v’Hashalom since 1961. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have visited Israel, bringing people closer together and building bridges between people from other nations on the one hand, and Israel and Israelis on the other hand. The organization also provides Israelis with the opportunity to participate in their activities, as supporters of the organization, as volunteers in Germany, and as participants in the summer camps run in Germany and in Israel.

 

Moreshet regards its work with ARSP as of the utmost importance, and its staff is always pleased to host its volunteers.

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