The project “What does history sound like? Looking for traces in Munich” won the special award of the kids’ jury in the “Music and Media” category at the “JUNGE OHREN PREIS” (YOUNG EARS AWARD). The project, an educational project of Stiftung Zuhören, was realized in cooperation with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit (Center for political education). The YOUNG EARS AWARD is regularly given to outstanding projects and fresh ideas that promote an active musical involvement.

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Twenty students from two high schools in the greater Munich area joined forces with musicians from the choir and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks to put their project “What does history sound like?” into practice. Aided by media coaches of the Bayerischer Rundfunk they developed music-journalistic acoustic images that are biographically and topographically connected to Munich. Those acoustic images are based on the language and point of view of the teenagers – their personal view of history connects the project with the present. This not only created places where remembrance is alive but also illustrates how important the topics of expulsion, prosecution and exclusion still are today.

The kids’ jury on the project:

“We like that students and professional musicians worked together on creating acoustic images that deal with NS-history. There are many projects about history, quite a few of them featuring music. However, they often aren’t as interesting for teenagers as this Munich project. Here, people who grew up during those times are talking about their experiences. The topic of the NS regime is talked about less and less nowadays. Therefor it is important to know about that time period. The world needs this project!”