Challenging propaganda through remembrance

This is a project aimed at focusing on propaganda pre and post WW2 and the concept of ‘the enemy’, from National and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups. The importance of understanding propaganda has always and will remain one of the most important aspects to both fighting fascism and reactionary policies that seek to distract from failures of good governance and perpetuate polices of discrimination and racism. If we understand the information that is being told to us we have better chance at challenging or changing policies and laws that maintain a status quo of ‘us and them’.

We live in a diverse society of many opinions, backgrounds and cultures, this is what makes a society stronger, safer and more equal rather then one of division and separation. This strategy only serves to control society through fear, coercion and violence which we at SCI Hellas actively oppose through our goals and actions as a peace organization. We believe that one of the strategies to tackle fascism and the far right is to understand how they speak, what methods they use to manipulate individuals fears and emotional responses to issues that may seem out of their control.

This project joins groups and SCI branches across Europe to build a collective understanding and strategy of how to tackle propaganda and the far right that has exploded across the world in the last decade. With the increase in the reach of social media and new forms of media, the far right has adapted its strategies to distribute their propaganda through these new media platforms and political parties. We hope that this project can bring better strategies in understanding the importance of historical propaganda and the similarities with current far right and fascist movements.

Partners in this project are from 9 different countries, and 11 different organizations starting with Service Civil International Österreich – (Austria). CVS-Bulgaria – (Bulgaria). Servizio Civile Internazionale Italia – (Italy). Centro Studi Sereno Regis – (Italy). Stowarzyszenie Jeden Swiat – (Poland). Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya Asociacion – (Spain). Le Service Civil International – (France). Service Civil International – Deutscher Zweig E.V. – (Germany). Utilapu Nemzetkozi Epitotabor Halozat Egyesulet – (Hungary). DINAMOpress – (Italy). UNITED for Intercultural Action – (Hungary). Service Civil International Hellas – (Greece).

Remembrance weeks are set as follows:

14th – 23rd June (Italy)

23rd June – 4th July (Poland)

8th August – 17th August (Austria)

29th August – 7th September (Greece)

23rd September – 2nd October (Catalonia)

Our Remembrance week at SCI Hellas focuses on the topics of ‘fear’ and ‘normalization’, as the refugee and migrant crisis came following a decade of economic hardship post crisis in Greece. This situation making the rise of Golden Dawn into the Greek Parliament and political mainstream all the more important in understanding and fighting fascist ideologies and the conditions within a society that create the space for them to exist and to thrive.”

Particularly in Greece, we dwelled on:

  • The notions of fascism and propaganda;
  • The concepts of fear and normalization and how these are both past and present;
  • The historic period and regime between the two world wars in Greece and the propaganda mechanisms of the era;
  • The current trends and reality of far-right wing parties/movements;
  • The symbols used then and now to construct the narrative;
  • The importance of fighting fascism in our times

accompanied by activities and the use of non-formal education/training methods.

Participants also:

  • Took part in researching the issue;
  • Developed and implemented local events;
  • Participated in a theatrical workshop ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKy2GKBQPTs ;
  • Created social media content and infographics;
  • Formed bonds and grounds for international cooperation and networking.

Our support team:

Mado Baboula is our communication officer and the local coordinator of the project.

Yota Arvaniti is the office coordinator of SCI-Hellas.

Martina Burdisso is our Remembrance Messenger.

Georgia Simossi is our historian and facilitator.

Chapter – Challenging propaganda through remembrance is co-financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

For more information on the project please visit www.chaptermedia.eu