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Sexual harassment : How the women of Hohenschönhausen up a fight

Sexual harassment begins for many women in the workplace. It is small Gestures that can rarely be prosecuted, which will make the everyday lives of women but intolerable are supposedly. How can you resist? In the case of Hohenschönhausen is a perfect example of how data on the sexist structures.

On 11. June 2018 will send six women sent a joint letter to the Minister of state for culture and media Monika Grütters, the Berlin culture Senator Klaus Lederer, and the Federal anti-discrimination Agency. In the letter she reports of sexual harassment, structural sexism, and the case of patterns of behaviour by supervisors in the Foundation's memorial site Berlin-Hohenschönhausen between 2011 and 2018. The accusations are directed especially against the Deputy Director of the memorial, Helmuth Frauendorfer. Frauendorfer had already been 2016 shown a yellow card, as the staff values for the first Time.

On the 24. September 2018 will be granted a leave of absence Fraundorfer by the Director of the memorial, Hubertus Knabe,. A day later, an unscheduled meeting of the Foundation Council is to be held, convened by Senator and Board of Trustees Chairman, Klaus Lederer. In consequence, Hubertus Knabe is free. The reason: He have tolerated these Abuses for years without consequences. A cultural change in the memorial, was with him at the top. Knabe opposes the exemption. The Berlin district court in its lawsuit on may 23. November instead. Three days later, the Board of Trustees of the memorial boy dismisses with immediate effect as CEO and Director. 14. December some of the boys, and the Board of Trustees on a comparison.

Anina F. is one of the six signatories of the confidential letter was later published in the "Berliner Zeitung". Your full name would you give the price. For the first time, she explains how the group's approach to the grievances to lay at the memorial site of hohenschönhausen is open. "Time Online" also had insight into a variety of documents proving the operations. This Interview is published first.

Mrs. F., it was the objective of your letter from 8. June 2018, both the Deputy Director and the Director must leave the memorial?

Anina F.: no. The goal of our group was: Frauendorfer and boy should be dismissed. Even if it was in hindsight inevitable, because the hierarchies are linked to the memorial, of course, to both personalities. We wanted to inform all of us for many years experienced and observed patterns, Assault and harassment, and that the people who bear the overall responsibility for the memorial, so that the Situation for future staff changes and you don't have to make the same experiences as we do.

they were in 2017, even at the memorial. What negative experiences have you had?

Anina F.: I've noticed at the beginning of my traineeship, that the power structures in Hohenschönhausen are unbearable. Boy had built up an apparatus of power, the widespread fear. It was under him, a culture of the small-holding. Every Text, every letter, so my experience as a volunteer, had to go over to his Desk. This is a method to intimidate people.

it Was mainly the sexism accusations?

Anina F.: The sexist and übergriffige behavior of my superiors came to be. I mean especially inappropriate compliments, suggestive looks or very close approach to my body. I felt at the memorial is not perceived as a Person who is content competent, and a study has a conclusion, but as the pretty face of the memorial.

what time is decided you do something about it?

Anina F.: In the fall, so about a year ago, I looked for Council in the case of a former teacher who is well-versed in the memorial landscape. When I told her of the States, was not surprised. There has Long been rumors about the sexist structures in Hohenschönhausen. The lecturer knew other women, to whom it had been similar to me and has given me the contacts. With these women, I have replaced me very much and in December with the wife of the Senate administration for culture representative in Europe. The women's representative has encouraged me to trust my perception and to deprive me of the Situation. She has subsequently spoken with the Senate and informed me that I can be removed from the memorial. Not only because of the sexist climate, but also because the kind of relationship I employment relationship under the direction of Helmuth Frauendorfer so was not allowed After it was already 2016 several allegations against him, Dating a boy, the former Senator for Cultural Affairs, Tim Renner in Hubertus, Fraundorfer may not be any volunteers, funded by the Senate. This appointment was broken by my work in his area. Due to a change in Personnel, I was taken by frauendorfer and was subject to his direction. Boy knew about it. In January of this year, I reported myself sick then, while the Senate has my exchange taken care of. I just could not go to the memorial. Starting in February I get a new job assigned to it.

How and when have you closed with the other signatories of the letter together?

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Anina F.: As my lecturer had me conveyed to other Concerned, we asked for more women to be trustworthy appeared, and of which we knew that they had worked in hohenschönhausen or to work. We have found women from 2011 to today in the memorial. In March, we have taken all of us for the first Time. We have noted with dismay that in fact, all the Similar experienced: personal SMS to a late hour, night-time work orders, unsachliches praise and lewd compliments, touches, tight hugs, invitations to beer or wine in the evening forms part, in the private apartment, and aggressive handling, if you refused these invitations.

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