Covering: Time Witnesses and more
Editorial By M&M
Witnessing On Thursday 19th, time witnesses that suffered from forced labour regimes during the Hitler and Stalin times in Ukraine told their stories to committees – a completely new part of the programme under the Human Rights Theme of the session. We are grateful that the foundation of National Remembrance which is in charge of compensating forced labour victims on behalf of the German government made this possible, as it was truly a breath-taking event. Through 12 articles, we present them all to you. The journalists have tried to tell the stories as true to the witness` own tales as possible. We would like their stories not to be forgotten, but to be kept in record. Because we believe there is no better way to fight slavery and genocide than through constantly reminding ourselves of this dark chapter of humanity; the brutality in the tales speaks for itself. In the last section of this issue, you may find articles which serve as pure entertainment for people present at the session. Having both the horrifying articles of the time witnesses and the pure entertainment might seam strange for some of you, yet this was a very conscious choice from our side. The EYP provides an informal setting where youngsters are allowed to be young and have fun, and at the same time discuss issues of vital importance to Europe’s future. In our opinion, this is exactly why the learning experience, the ambitiousness and the dedication to the issues discussed is far greater than most educational programmes. This issue reflects that duality, and is in our opinion the most diverse issue we have ever seen at a session. To put it short: “Work hard, play hard”. M&M
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NAME Michel Hochstasser (CH) Martin Flatö (NO) Javier Conejos Montenegro (ES) Roxana Bucioaca (RO) Gillian O’Halloran (IE) Ivar Kvam (NO) Karolina Reszec (PO) Filip Ondra (CZ) Valentina Mina (CY) Lorenz Müller (CH) Isabella Hayward (SE) Alex Challiou (CY) Tanja Weissensteiner (AT) Marko Koplinaa (EE) Joe Flannery (UK) Lelde Benke (LV)
NICK’s M M Romeo Juliet Jane of the Jungle Tarzan Mrs. Smith Mr. Smith Cleopatra Caesar Elektra Daredevil Marge Simpson Homer Superman Lois Lane
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Krokhin Volodymyr Ivanovych By Caesar
Hiding in the house of a german family in Roxel; one episode of a troubeled life. In the spring of 1945 Volodymyr Ivanovych was stationed near the city of Münster, gathering unexploded bombs as a prisoner of war. During a particularily fierce attack by the allied forces he and a friend decided to take
sian accent and being a Russian herself, she let him enter, reminding him though, that her master would have to decide on his fate. Thus his destiny lay in the hands of Hubert Langetikamper.“He was very
their chances and fled. In a nearby forest they lost each other and Volodymyr went on his own. Being exhausted from the last hours and the last months in a prison camp, he knocked on the door of a house outside the village of Roxel. He was answered by a barking dog and a young woman. “I ran away, because the army came. I’d like to be saved in this house.“, he asked. Recognising his Rus-
kind and smiling“, Volodymyr remembers. “He agreed to hide me for a few days under one condition: I had to protect him from the terrorists. I didn’t know, what he was talking about, but gladly accepted his hospitality.“ Soon he was to understand what terrorists Hubert was referring to. As during the next days the front moved east, past Roxel, American soldiers closed the prison camps and the Russian prisoners of war
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were freed. They were starving and bitter, much like Volodymyr was himself a few days before and angrily pillaged the defenceless German villages. A few days after Volodymyr arrived, a group of Russian soldiers came to the Langetikampers house. Hubert reminded Volodymyr of his promise and sent him out to recieve them. “I went outside, it was dark. ‘Wer ist da?’ (Who’s there?), I asked. ‘Who are you?’ was the Russian answer. ‘I’m Russian’ ‘What are you doing with the Germans?’“ He told them his story and how the Langetikampers had saved him. The Russian pillagers discussed for a while and then said “We will leave them in peace, but tell them it was only because they had saved you.“ Closing his account, Volodymyr added: “In Germany, for example, I met fanatics, but everywhere, there were good people too.“
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ECON: “You don’t look like you are eighty-six!” By Jane of the jungley
ECON had the pleasure of welcoming a surprisingly lively woman to speak to them. She gave a chronological account of her life beginning with her move to Kyiv from the country and her desire to be a ballerina, but her change of mind to acting after an audition whereby she pretended to “chase a pig around a house just after a new clay floor had been laid”. While the Germans were in Kyiv, they ruled, yet the conservatory of the arts was still open, so she could continue with her acting. One day she was told that she would go to Germany to promote culture there; she would end up spending about 3
years there. Along with other actors, she travelled with a translator all around Germany and performed in the canteens of labour camps. They were treated very well while they stayed there. She experienced the Dresden bombings too. She heard the planes coming, whilst she was in a trainstation. The bombs were dropped by one armada and the ground moved up and down like during an earthquake. After the planes had passed, they left the station and saw the local square with abandoned suitcases everywhere and no people. She was in the American zone when the war end-
ed. A German woman was the first to tell her the news. A middle-aged couple with whom she had become attached, asked her to go to Canada as their own daughter but she decided to return to Ukraine. Sometimes, after returning, she wondered and wished that she had gone with them. Upon returning home, the authorities would not believe that someone so talented and beautiful would return home and not be a spy! She continued to act however and was recently awarded a prestigious acting award.
The prisoner of Nazism By Juliet
Considered as “another life” for Kryvych Zoya Ivanivna, her breath-taking story started in 1942, when her teacher betrayed her and many other children by passing a list of them to the labour registry. At the time, being 14 years old, she was taken from her home and taken to Berlin-Schoeneberg to a factory of explosives. Inhumanly treated, they had to work 12 hours a day with hard working conditions, surrounded by Nazi soldiers everywhere. Yet the thing that she was the Issue 4: page
most traumatised by was the fact that she did not have the chance to see or talk to anybody during working hours. While imprisoned, the only contact with her family happened in the first months when she received letters. The two reasons why she survived mentally were her contact with her family and the hope that she would come home someday; though the possibility of escaping was slim because of the strict surveillance. Our witness remem-
bers some of the cruel events from 1944, such as when one girl asked the officer for a break from the exhausting work and she ended up being burned to death. Another time, a technical mistake in the explosives factory lead to the death of 4 young children and the soldiers did not care. Strangely enough, the allied victory did not make her situation better. When the Soviet army finally saved her, she was obliged to work as a secretary for the KGB. But because of a serious illness, Printed on Konica Minolta
she could finally go home after a couple of months in work. Arriving in Kiev in
1989, it was difficult for her to find a job and moreover, to hide her past. There, all the survivors of the event have
formed a society that helps people who were in the same situation financially and mentally.
To be a doll By Mr.Smith
A little girl asking for a small baby as a “doll” to play with in war times in Germany, even that was possible. It actually saved one life… One might say that the following story is just one of many. That is partly true, but each of these stories of time witnesses’ is someone’s life. Let me explain you what Kovaleva Halyna Vasylivna’s life was like so far. Halyna’s father was a partisan and member of communist party, this being the reason for Halyna’s mothers deportation to the German penal camp in Bremen. While sitting on the last train from Kyiv to Germany, Halyna’s mother did not know she was pregnant. Halyna was born on December 18th 1943 in Germany. Little Halyna was taken away from her mother immediately. She stayed in various locations, one of them being a two storey house with no heating. These conditions had consequences on her health – in her early years she endured a pneumonia and developed a serious skin disease. A German doctor found her health condition so incurable that he commanded to “throw her to the dogs”. At that very moment a 14 year old German girl named Elsa entered the room. Elsa pleaded him Printed on Konica Minolta
to give her the baby so she not end after their return would have her as a doll to back home to Kyiv in October play with. 1945. They With the w e r e hospiYou can forgive every- treated tal dias traithing, but never forget” rector’s tors by permisthe Sovision her et regime, request was granted. This instead of being regarded as saved Halyna’s life. Eventu- victims. As a result, no one ally Halyna’s mother was re- wanted to issue Halyna offileased from the concentra- cial papers. Her mother was tion camp. Once freed she so distressed by this situation was determined to find her that she intentionally jumped daughter. She then found before a car to get injured in her in special kindergarten order to get the papers. For and recognised her by the Halyna, being back in Ukraine mark on her left hand, which was also complicated. Being born in another country put shame on her family, because it appeared as if she was an illegitimate child. Asked what her attitude towards Germany is like she replies – “You can forgive everything, but never forget”. Halyna is now the chairperson of a time witness organisation in Ukraine for ten years, she is the holder of several medals of honour. When asked how to prevent such a disaster as World War she was given right after her 2nd, she answered without birth. hesitation: “Peace, respect Their suffering did and love”.
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“You will see…” By Daredevil
Whenever she was being transferred to other camps, she asked: “Where are we going? What is going on?” The reply always struck her like a dagger in the chest: “You will see” Recalling the nightmare brought forth the lady’s tears. At times, her shaky fingers could barely hold her colourful, striped handkerchief. Compassion and sadness overcame us all. Guley Anastasia Vasylivna was only 17 years old when she was sent to prison. Throughout two years as a prisoner, she had to face the utter absence of humanity. She referred to getting beaten up by soldiers, flee-infested beds and the stench of burning flesh. Nevertheless, this girl was a fighter. She managed to escape once,
but was caught again. Throughout her talk, Anastasia shared as well a few sunny experiences. One of them was one of a handsome French prisoner, whose blond curly hair had broken many hearts in the camp already. In these fractions of laughter, she revealed her beautiful smile; unbreakable despite her strenuous life. Her final journey was to Bergen-Belsen. On arrival day, they took her clothes away and “They cut off my beautiful, thick hair”. Furthermore, her arm was tattooed with a number and she was
told to forget her name. When the English troops freed the prisoners, they told them to go home. However, most of them were too weak to react. At the age of 19, Anastasia was free again. When the talk had ended, the touched Greek teacher devoted a poem to her. The power of this scene had rendered everybody motionless. The old lady joked: “I am like a monument”. But what she said was more important than any monument.
The Death Loop By Lois Lane
Surviving three years in a death camp Mykhaylo Elyevych Gut was born in Ukraine on February 1st, 1937. From a very young age, he was subjected to Nazi terror. Due to his family being of Jewish origin, the experiences Mr. Gut has been through have left a non-erasable mark on his memory. In 1941, German troops invaded his town and formed a ghetto where all local inhabitants were forced to live. Conditions were still liveable. In winter, however, drastic changes came about Issue 4: page
when during the night of December 7th, all inhabitants were brutally forced to start the 3-day-journey to the “Death Loop” annihilation camp. Thousands got killed, some got sold for labour. At the end of 1944, all those still imprisoned were taken to a mass grave sight, lined up and shot one by one. Mr. Gut remembers this moment vividly and still recalls his mother’s words: ‘Thank God, our sufferance will end. It won’t be painful, it’s fast but when
they start shooting, fall down and I will try to shield you.’ Fate saved them and because of a sudden change of plan those still alive were transported back to the camp. The next day the guards ran away and the 100 remaining prisoners escaped through underground tunnels, being saved by Soviet troops. They were offered guns to shoot the former camp guards but they refused. After returning to their native town, Mr. Gut’s family - now Printed on Konica Minolta
without a father - started a new life, the mother working and the children attending school. After graduation, Mr.Gut spent 3 years in the
army and then attended university in Kishinev, Moldova. Here he obtained a degree in wine production, which he used later to work in the Min-
istry of Agriculture in Ukraine. He says of anti-semitism today: ‘This issue is taken more seriously than it should be.’
“Your Soviet troops are here” By Tarzan
The 19th of September 1941, the advancing German army reaches Kiev. For twelve year old Kovalenko Kateryna Andriyivna, this meant a dramatic transformation of life. The Germans troops captured her father and brought him to captivity in a labour camp. Food became a scarcity during the first month of the war, which forced them to exchange most of their belongings to ensure food. Her father managed to escape captivity. The trip back to Kiev was demanding and in the end it cost him his life, because on the way got infected with tuberculosis. Right before her father’s death, Kovalenko and her family were transported to a concentration camp in Breslau, Poland. In Breslau she witnessed the execution of people in the gas chambers daily.
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Then after two weeks the two of them retransferred to a labour camp. Due to her ability to speak German, she managed to achieve some advantages and she could protect her mother. Because of their ages, both were vulnerable
who scrapped together enough food to keep her alive as she was too young to be eligible for food stamps. One early morning in May, the head of the camp said “your Soviet troops are here”. Kovalenko and the others ran to meet the Soviet soldiers. After the war she moved back to Kiev and married in 1956. As a result of the Chernobyl nuclear accident her husband was assigned to control the outward flow of the contaminated water. He died soon and at great risk. During her after, as a result of exposure imprisoning in this labour to radiation. Today she lives camp, she worked at the as- in Kiev as a senior construcsembly line along with 25 tion engineer. other workers, mostly Polish,
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The other side of 2nd World War By Romeo
On Thursday morning the Committee on Development is visited by a time witness to talk about WWII. Hannah my hailivna Strizhkova, the time witness, arrives at a quarter past ten to the table where the DEVE Committee is seated. Her aim is to tell the delegates her story, which is focused on the 2nd World War. However, she doesn’t want to bring back her bad memories, but rather to remind the committee how bad it was for all the other people.
After 1949 some of the pris- Ukraine. Their aim is to help oners were sent to Kyiv. She ex-prisoners with both moral
managed to get over everything she found in her way, barely escaping from being She didn’t know where or burnt and being adopted by when she was born: the only a Ukrainian couple who saw thing she had was a number in her a “broken flower”. in her hand. At the age of two she was sent to a con- Years passed, and even excentration camp as she was prisoners had no documents considered an enemy of the and no education, she was 3rd Reich. Her worst memo- able to go to school and ries come from that period then to University, where she of time, such as Nazis taking graduated in Biology and latblood from children or wom- er worked doing researches. en used for experiments. Al- That made her able to help though being a child helped, and restore Ukraine with all as she didn’t understand her forces (which is proved what was happening in the by the medals she is wearcamps at all, at the age of ing). In 1998 the first meetfour she fully realized she ing of ex-prisoners was held, hadn’t ever met her real par- and nowadays it consists of ents and about her situation. 120 helping units all around
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and material support. Moreover, she is the first deputy of one of those Regional units. With nothing to forgive because Germans suffered as well, there is still an unanswered question for her: is Nazism an ideology or just a method? She has a daughter and she is actually one of the most active helpers regarding 2nd World War in Ukraine. “I am a happy person in my life, I am still alive”, Hannah says, “I have great parents and I am lucky because great people surround me, and that’s what really matters”.
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The gift of life By Homer
If we forget the horrors that have taken place, we run the risk of going through them again. On the 6th day of the After two years of hard laKiev Inbour, poor ternafood and We saw masses of people tional appallSession ing livled to slaughter” of the ing conEYP, the d i t i o n s, delegates the camp had a chance to meet Mirch- staff wanted to separate the enska Iryna Borysivna. As a mother and daughter. The time witness of the Second children were supposed to World War she was able to be taken to a special camp for give the Committee on Con- youngsters. But her mother stitutional Affairs an insight to the horrors of the war. Mrs. Borysivna was born on the 9th October, 1933 in Kiev. When she was only 8 years old, her home town fell under German occupation. Her father had already perished in the war and at one point she and her mother were forced out of their home by soldiers. She admitted to feeling pure fear and thinking of getting decided to stand up against shot. Instead they were de- the camp guards saying “It is ported to the concentration better to die together than camp in Duisburg. be separated.” Her life was
spared only because it was Mrs. Borysivna´s eleventh birthday. They were also allowed to stay together. Not all the tragedies ended when the American troops reached the area. Back at home they had to keep silent about their experience because prisoners who had been in Germany were heavily repressed by the Soviet authorities. In 1993 she was
finally able to share the horrors she had been through.
Erinnerung und Zukunft The fund “Erinnerung und Zukunft” (English: “Remembrance and Future”) is part of the foundation “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft“ (English: “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”). It was founded in the year 2000, with the aim to compensate concentration camp victims. This fund is a long-term project, primarily promoting international cross-border programmes and projects in Central- and Eastern Europe, as well as in Israel and in the USA. Printed on Konica Minolta
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Long way home By Elektra
Imagine being alone and only nine years old, having to experience a concentration camp and hard labour. “Although I was young I thought like an adult: seeing death and having to fight to stay alive makes you mature”. Mr. Markiyan Dmytrov’s stoProfile ry starts in Belarus, near the Name: Demidov Markiyan Dmytrov border of Latvia, where he Titles: Head of the Union of Former Juvenile Prisoners, grew up during the Soviet an organisation dealing with Nazi victims and a member era. He was 8 when the war of the Supervisory board of the Ukrainian National Fund started in 1941 and the Nazis ”Rapport and Reconciliation”. invaded USSR territory. The occupying Nazis “came to our were not fed or allowed to go had been made in the spoon country, disrupted our lives to the bathroom”. Eventually for the pure entertainment of and treated us like animals”. Mr.Dmytrov was transported the Germans. to the concentration camp The partisan movement be- Salaspils. “When we got there However, the camp became gan to target the Nazis in late they took all our clothes. We crowed and he was sold as a 1942, attempting to revolt. were left naked in the freez- slave to a rich household, but Mr.Dmytrov ran from the ing cold and I was put into only worked there for two fighting and hid in a pit near the childrens barracks. Two weeks before running away. his village for two weeks. people got only one portion “I tried to walk all the way to Eventually the few remain- of food – and on top, holes Belarus, but the local police ing inhabitants stopped me at were rounded up the border”. and sent on there way. He was then forced to work “When we as a shepherd reached our desfor a local house ignated destinaowner. He again tion, I stayed with tried to run away my mother but several times, the others were but did not suctaken away and ceed until the burnt. I could USSR army fihear them.” he nally arrived. explained. They He was able to were then taken return home in to Latvia, where 1944. they lived in a church: “they said God was theirs, but the way we were treated was inhuman – we
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The main horror was starvation By Marge
Halyapa Volodymyr Elizarovych, citizen of Ukraine, was a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp from spring 1942 until the end of WW II in 1945. The EMPL committee met the today 82-year old man on Thursday morning. Volodymyr was 17 years old when he left Kyiv to go to the front in order to fight against the advancing German army. On April 30th 1942, the Ger-
mans occupied Kyiv and enforced the deportation of young men to labour and concentration camps in Germany, Poland and Austria. Volodymyr was one of them. He ended up in the Buchenwald concentration camp. What he told us is a moving account, unusual thoughts in many aspects. Buchenwald was the only concentration camp that had an organised underground movement;
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a prisoner’s resistance that managed to get rid off the Nazi officials before the Soviet army liberated the camp. “The main horror in the
body could speak it. Buchenwald had room for 50.000 to 60.000 detainees, so people had to be friendly, otherwise survival was impossible.
There were laws that guided the prisoner community. Stealing food had the death penalty as a consequence. If you did not eat for a day, you would most probably have died of hunger. Towards the end of the war, the French sent aid packages with high calory food to the French prisoners. The camp was starvation. Peo- French shared this food with ple become animals when the people from all the other they don’t eat. In some sense nations, and this saved thouBuchenwald was an interna- sands of lives. tional school for the friendship of people. There were I am 82 years old, but when 18 different nationalities I talk to you today, I’m 17 in the camp, and although again. There is one thing I’d most prisoners were Rus- like you to remember; do not sian, French and German, we take everything for granted also had a couple of Chinese and see yourself as part of and Americans. We all spoke the people around you. There Buchenwald language, a are no exceptional personalimixture of German, Russian ties or silly nations. We are all and some French. Every- equal before God.”
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The slavery of the 21st Century By Daredevil
Approximately two million people all over the world become modern slaves every year. Prostitution and child exploitation are the most common forms of modern slavery. Unfortunately, Ukraine faces this problem as well. Many women are lured into this trap by the frustration of poverty and are unaware of the truth behind their employment. They are promised jobs such as nurses or babysitters, given a tourist card, and the victim simply needs to go through customs. They are then picked up by the associate organisation. Traffickers can also send victims via illegal immigration. Volodymyr Smelik, the Deputy Chief of the anti-trafficking section in the Department on Combating Trafficking, attended the committee
work of Human Rights III. He mentioned that last year there were more than 400 official cases in Ukraine, a figure which represents the tip of the iceberg. According to the expert, the three major export countries are Russia, Turkey and Poland. With the possibility of becoming an EU candidate country working as a catalyser, the Ukrainian government has increased its efforts to tackle the problem. According to officer Smelik, they have created the Department on Combating Human
Trafficking Related Crimes. Furthermore, they signed the European charter against human trafficking and developed two laws to ratify the convention. Finally, the department on Combating Human Trafficking has been engaged in closer cooperation with EU countries, in terms of more frequent meetings with corresponding units. Although we are at the 21st century, human rights violations still take place. In this case however, they are done for profit.
And the latest committee news:
AFET I uncovered By Mrs. Smith
Blame it on the post-soviet obsession with political agents, but it does not take a very observant person to notice that AFET I acts suspiciously. It is not because it clicked It is rather the case of suspibetween the delegates per- ciousness surrounding the fectly from the first day on. committee’s behaviour. Apparently, the majority of delegates keep the habit of using nicknames or encrypted names instead of their real names. However, that is not the only code they put into practise. AFET I has a secret language, only understandable by insiders. At one point during the final day of comIssue 4: page 12
mittee work Anastasia (Nas) Yafremava (chair, BY) asked the delegates about what they want to do, what their action plan for the next few minutes would be. The dry answer she got: “Scratch ourselves”. Not to mention the fact that they spent one of their breaks working and discussing the different mafias around the world, revealing considerable knowledge of Printed on Konica Minolta
the issue. Which didn’t exactly cooled my suspiciousness. Also, AFET I may be involved in serious money-laundering activities as they created their own currency called “hergle-shmergle”. Finally, the committee does not pose a threat to the immediate en-
vironment, yet sporadically resort to violence within their own committee (paper planes and sticky tape are in constant use). But see for yourself.
Another day in paradise By Lois Lane
Going wild with the Committee on Culture The CULT committee seemed to be in top form, debating and discussing the question at hand like true professionals. Combining work and pleasure, they also found the time to come up with new nicknames for each other.
alistic theme continued with Jack (IE) being deemed the Leprechaun, Florian (DE) Gerhard Schroeder, Michalis (GR) wants to be called Aristotle and Jeroen (BE) Mannequin Pis. Giuliana (SE) is now called Nobel Prize, Erik (NO) simply Salmon and Marie (AT) the Wander (NL) became the Fly- seductive Kaiserin Sissi. ing Dutchman, Susanna (FI) Santa Claus, Queen Elizabeth The creator of this genial idea, is the new name for Anna Andrea (IT) was unanimously (UK) and Max (RU) is Mos- voted to be quite randomly cow Mafia Man. The nation- yet affectionately called Post-
it Man. Amusement of another kind interludes work when one of Anna’s (UK) and Andrea’s (IT) play-fights results in ripped trousers and a lot of laughter. Suddenly Susanna started speaking in an Indian accent, which made Max burst out with a very formal “God save the queen”. It seems their resources of fun will never run out…
AFCO news By Homer
It seems that three days of discussing, arguing and others sorts of hard mental activities have really gotten to the small band of people, formally known as the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.
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Not satisfied with the official name they rebelliously renamed themselves and are now proudly called the Committee on Controversial Affairs. Actually the name suits them perfectly. As time
went on, they began more and more to resemble the mafia organisation and the other delegates really have to watch their backs when they go to sleep in Metropolis city.
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Reading Kostas mind By Juliet
On Wednesday afternoon, exactly at the appropriate time, the so long expected sun decided to show its face as the committees were about to collect the fruit of their work. The bees from the Committee on Security and Defence were planning a surprise for their chair; they therefore decided to type the resolution themselves. Having Kostas’ laptop in their hands, they were determined to find out at any price the password that would allow them to continue working. Helped by their overflowed imagination, they have tried many variants, as it follows:
-“I used to play basketball but now I am a sailor!” -“I adore my committee” -“I rejected Yale and Princeton” -“I have earrings!” -“I used to be a woman but now I am a man” -“I am wearing the yellow scarf; isn’t that cool?” -“My precious and beloved phone” -“My glasses are Dolce and Gabanna”
-“My boat’s name is Ailbhe!” Finally, Kostas came and introduced the correct password [“I love my barby doll” – Ed.], thus disappointing everybody as they could not reveal his secret. Guys, try harder to get into your chair’s mind, it is not as hard as it seems. Try out more ideas, Kostas has much more to hide.
Magic Works By Romeo
The DEVE rock band takes a free night – hard days lie ahead… They almost got knocked down by their bus, and half an hour later they were walking across the city’s streets, with
their hands in their pockets imitating the Ukrainian Male Walk (UMW), being how you walk if you are in a freezer… The venue was a cosy restaurant, which offered a wide variety of food. Øyvind Veggeland (NO) and Allan Rydman (SE) both asked for a gigantic piece of meat, and once outIssue 4: page 14
side the restaurant, the DEVE band Zulu-danced with a Ukrainian couple, fulfilling then their KIS challenge.
Later on, Daniel Duarte (PT) and two more future wizards were entertaining the band with some magic tricks, using cards and coins. Committee work on In two words: “magic works” Wednesday went on is their team motto. smoothly. Writing a resolution on AIDS is the Rock bands’ brand new idea, as well as going on tour around Europe, which was not an easy task. They managed to squeeze time itself, and they did come up with a BIG resolution which had 23 Operative Clauses, that was soon reduced to eighteen. Printed on Konica Minolta
A day of stereotypes! By Lois Lane, Cleopatra and Marge
Ever wondered what the other EYP specimen do all day long? INSTRUCTIONS: Read this as a play. O the Organiser, D the delegate, C the Chair and J the Journo are each commenting on random events of the day. Situation 1: Morning O: Knock, Knock EYP wake up! D: No, not yet! I only went to sleep 4 hours ago… C: 3 hours ago… J: 2 hours ago… (Delegates attend breakfast. Chairs and journos sleep.) Situation 2: Problems in the committee room O: You will have to change your committee room, be-
cause the previous one got flooded. All your materials are lost too. Sorry! D: I don’t remember what we were doing yesterday… C: Oh yeah, I hated the curtains in the old room! J: Great, this will have to go into the paper! Situation 3: At coffee break O: Give me a kiss and I’ll give you a grape. D: Oh, why can’t they see my point? I mean it’s really simple. C: They’re too efficient; they’ve already started doing the phrasing. J: Where’s the coffee? Here’s your kiss, friendly orga.
Situation 4: At lunch O: Please, clean up. (Actually, thinking: &*$%@!!! mess here) D: Cabbage, again. Why is the bread stale??? C: How are you enjoying committee work? Food, a lovely change. J: I have to milk thee box. Situation 5: Party O: When can we finally go to bed? D: That guy is so hot. C: Chairs “meeting” in 20 minutes J: Lucky me. I’ve already counted 6 couples.
telligence from the members of the committee on Emloyment working on the final stretch of their work. Luckily a long walk in Kiev (read: getting lost and wondering around for hours in the cold
night, H.) rejuvinated body and mind. Now when the Resolution is finally ready for everyone to admire it is time to relax, have fun, enjoy yourself and... prepare for General Assembly.
EMPL news By Homer
“What is the market?”, “Money is irrelevent, we should be funded by the committee of Economical Affairs,” “That is why it is a union – to make all the same.” These are just some burst outs of high in-
The hidden talents of ENVI By Cleopatra & Caesar
Magic, Drama and Snowboards: A few impressive skills I couldn’t reveal yet. Benjamin (FR) is a talented magician and knows great card tricks. So better never play Poker with him... Dragos (RO) loves being on stage as an actor, especially when dressed in flambuoyant costumes. He played Jack in „The Printed on Konica Minolta
Importance of Being Ernest“ in a school play. Olga (UA) is very much interested in languages and a skillful interpreter. And finally Marketa (CZ) is a Snowboard instructor; so if you ever happen to be in Czech Republic in win-
ter she can help you make the ski slopes unsave. Of course there is much more to the ENVI committee, but I’ll leave it to you to uncover it all.
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Your first KISs By Romeo
Get back to the old times – give me your KISs experience! Five people have been asked (A) how their very first kiss was, (B) what is the most important thing in a kiss and (C) who they would kiss if they had the chance, during the Session… JP (President, DE) A. I was 13 years old and on a camping holiday, met a girl there and we kissed. B. I think the lips say a lot about the kiss… And I don’t like wet kisses! (Now you know, girls!) C. Hmmm… I am still looking for applicants! Ance Kaleja (Chairperson, LV) A. It was with my boyfriend, when I was 12 years old. B. Passion. Without passion there is no kiss. C. I want to kiss everyone, and if they resist I will kiss
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them anyway. Sonja Weicker (International Organiser, DE) A. During the “truth or dare” game, I kissed a friend. I think I was twelve… B. The way lips and tongue softly play together during a kiss. C. I will tell you later… Soteris Varnava (Delegate, CY) A. I was five! She was a friend in my neighborhood, we were in my room and she asked me to kiss her. I said “Why not?” and we kissed. B. The moment makes the
kiss. C. I would kiss you, of course. But the Session record so far belongs to Klara Sebakova (Chairperson, CZ) A. Well, my first one… In the kindergarten, when I was four! B. The smell of the person I am kissing. C. I would kiss that hot Portuguese delegate… (There she goes! – Ed.)
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Teachers or delegates? By Daredevil and Mrs Smith
Wednesday: whilst the delegates finalised their resolutions, the teachers participated in another type of committee work. The main topic of the workshop was the Second World War and how it is being taught at schools; a topic which was very well received. The teachers’ committee work took place closer to the city centre, at the Klovsky Lyceum, or school number 77 as it was called during Soviet times (schools were only referred to by numbers). Following a few introductory speeches, it was the school’s history teacher, Svetlana Petrovska’ s turn to speak. She held everyone’s breath with her passionate words. In her speech she revealed her immense pride for her country, without forgetting to mention “how to be patriotic with open eyes”.
According to the Spanish answers to the others. teacher Martin Getz, “The Although most of the teachers did not prepare themselves for the workshop, a sense of cooperation and extensive knowledge on the subject was in the air. As the presentations included referring to one’s own country’s involvement in the war, the Greek teacher stated: “Greeks don’t fight like woman has a mission. She is heroes, but heroes fight like a woman who wants to help Greeks”. her country and save the It was satisfying to see the memory of the pain of a lot teachers concentrating on of people.” something other than their Following this beautiful mo- students’ well-being for a ment, the attendants were while. At the end of the workallocated to six groups. Each shop, the teachers’ expresof the groups were given a sion indicated that they had questionnaire to fill out and enjoyed their “delegate expethen asked to present their rience”.
All Different – All Equal By Homer
The European Campaign for Diversity and Participation is a supporter of the 53rd International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Kiev. The campaign targets youth in order to encourage and enable them to build a society based on diversity, tolerance, respect and mutual understanding. The European Steering Group of the Campaign works in tight partnership with the Council of Eu-
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rope, and is the organiser of the campaign. The campaign works under three slogans in order to reach its goals. “Youth Promoting Dialogue”, because dialogue between different cultural groups will benefit understanding and tolerance, “Youth for Participatory Democracy” which will benefit sustainability, and
Youth Celebrating Cultural Diversity which aims to make diversity genuinely accepted in the whole society. It supports activities at the local, national and international level. We are very proud that the 53rd international session fulfilled their objectives of promoting respect for human rights.
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Ole ole ole ole! By Mrs. Smith & Homer
Junihno scored! How about you?
On Tuesday 17th or as every football fan knows, the Champions League night, six EYP teachers chose to spend the evening at the Republican Stadium, the National Sports Stadium of Ukraine. While delegates were having dinner in the city centre, the Bulgarian, Norwegian, Swedish and two Serbian teachers chose a freezing night and had Dynamo Kiev vs. Olympique Lyon on the menu. Equipped with newly bought football scarves and hats, they melted into the cheering crowd. In fact, the camouflage was so good that
some foreigners mixed them up with local football fans and wanted to have pictures together. “They thought I was a Ukrainian from beginning to the end.” mentioned Peter Kanev ( te a c h e r, BG) later. So the new-biggest-fans cheered amongst thousands
of people from the stands to the thrilling match. There were situations were the fans got out of line. “They threw a smoke b o m b next to us at one point”, according to Peter. Teachers And oh yes, the g a m e e n d e d 3:0 for Olympique Lyon.
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Thee Box, the quotes and the couples By Superman
Thee Box was filled, violated and abused in ways that no box should ever have to be subjected. Now it’s payback!
The playboy clad canteen waitress has given more than just breaded chicken to Stas (Orga, UA)
“We are too deep too quick” – Marie-Alix (FR)
Kathryn (UK) and Eric (NO) had more than just a bedroom rendevous last night
“It’s going to be damn hard” Helen (IE)
Henrik Nimander (SE) and Sebastian King (SE) have also shared more than just a few days in Ukraine
“What do you call your ear-rings”, “Rex and Bobby” Committee on Culture
Jack (IE) fancies Yulia (chair, UA), he aslo sleeps naked and is affectionately called “Jack the Stripper!” Good luck with that one Yulia. Erik (NO) offers lapdances for 25.5Hryvna
“Latvians get touched easily,” Wojtek (Chair, PL) “I want to go to Ireland and ride” – Anna Maria (GR) “I haven’t done him yet”Danny Vannucchi (chair, IT) “You can even come in your PJs here” – Anna Maria (GR)
The Couples Joachim (BE) and Solveig (NO) were seen canoodling in the corridors on more than just one occassion Emilie (FR) and Will (UK) seem to be more than just good friends Keamen (CH) and Gillian (Journo, IE) supposedly danced the night away at the anti-fashion party...we can neither confirm nor deny this act!
“I wish we had psychos in our committee” – Katie (IE), good work EMPL. “You’re not a bogger, you’re a posh ‘female dog’”- Katie (IE) to Gillian (journo, IE) “What was your ‘Time Witness’ like?” Gillian (journo, IE), “old”, Katie (IE)
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Published on Jun 4, 2013
The 4th issue of the session newspaper titled KIS and tell during the 53rd International session of the European Youth Parliament held in Ky...