№ 169/2013 from Jun 20, 2013
Since the end of World War II, the border between Germany and Poland runs along the rivers Oder and Neisse. Polish and German residents of the border towns Görlitz, Zgorzelec, Frankfurt / Oder, and Słubice live right next to each other. What effect these close partnerships has on the relationships of the people who live there, has been documented in an exhibition compiled by German, Polish, and Czech students. Entitled "Sister Cities: Görlitz – Zgorzelec and Frankfurt/Oder – Słubice," the exhibition will be on display in the University Library of Freie Universität from June 25 to July 12, 2013.
The exhibition "Sister Cities" gives insight into the complex social dynamics in the affected cities. A selection of diverse images is on display. The images are augmented with quotations by persons who have contributed to the idea of town twinning in any of a variety of ways. Visiting the exhibition will give visitors a new impression of the German-Polish border areas.
"Sister Cities" is an informative and visual final project that was compiled by graduate students during a project seminar. Lena Hauschild and Anne Liebscher, both from Germany, Maria Łapińska from Poland, Daniel Parsons from Great Britain, and Jindřich Pýcha from the Czech Republic, all students enrolled in Freie Universität's master's degree program in East European studies, organized this exhibition between December 2012 and now. During several field trips taken this year, they collected material for the exhibition. They took pictures of the sister cities and conducted interviews with residents. The aim of the project was to consider the whole concept of twin cities from different perspectives.