The IYM has been taking place in Dachau every summer since 1983 and was founded by young people from Dachau and the surrounding area. Teenagers and young adults from various countries delve into the history of the Dachau Concentration Camp, the history of national socialism, and current forms of marginalization, racism and discrimination. Together, on the site of the former Concentration Camp, they seek answers to questions concerning the past, the present and the future.
The participants are being accompanied by a team of mostly voluntary employees. In personal conversations many survivours of the nazi tyranny give accounts of their experiences during the persecution, in concentration camps and/or in the resistance,
The International Youth Meeting took place as a tent camp for 15 years. Since the completion of the International Youth Hostel Dachau/ Max Mannheimer Study Center in 1998 participants from Dachau and abroad have been meeting here. Many of our participants leave the IYM with a feeling of having made a crucial experience as well as a contribution to a more peaceful world. In addition nearly everyone takes long-lasting, cross-border friendships back home. Most keep their time at the IYM in their memories forever – that’s if they don’t decide to come again next year.
The International Youth Meeting is being organized by three main supporting organizations as well as a mostly voluntary team. The supporting organizations provide employees as well as financial resources and decide about the IYM’s general framework. The supporting organizations are the following:
Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend
in der Erzdiözese München und Freising
Monika Godfroy, BDKJ-Diözesanvorsitzende
Preysingstr. 93, 81667 München
Tel. +49 (0)89 /480 92 23 13
Förderverein für Internationale Jugendbegegnung
und Gedenkstättenarbeit in Dachau e.V
Zur alten Schießstatt 1, 85221 Dachau
Tel. +49 (0)8131 / 83303
The political scientist Dr. Robert Philippsberg has been the project manager of the IYM since 2016. His pedagogical, political and historical skills make him a particularly suitable fit for this task. Philippsberg did his doctor’s degree on the protection of democracy Germany and has, in the context of publications and lectures, concerned himself thoroughly with the history and current state of right-wing extremism and historic national socialism in Germany.
The IYM Team consists of around 25 young adults, who are partly from the Dachau/Munich area, partly live in other places in Germany, and even abroad. Internationality gives the IYM team it’s distinction. Thus young people from the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Israel, Belarus, Croatia, Kosovo, Iceland, the USA and Germany have been committing themselves to the IYM in the last years.
The International Youth Meeting is being supported by:
- EVZ – Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft“
- Kinder- und Jugendplan des Bundes (KJP)
- Kreisjugendring München-Stadt
- Landkreis Dachau
- Sparkasse Dachau
- Stadt Dachau
- Stiftung Internationale Jugendbegegnungsstätte Dachau