In explaining its reasons for awarding the prize, the jury particularly emphasized the committed educational work of this comparatively young institution. The Site-Mémorial du Camp des Milles works actively with young people and always ad-dresses the past with reference to the present. It asks, for example, how mechanisms that generate hatred can be identified at an early stage and how people today can actively resist right-wing extremist, antisemitic, and racist tendencies. Here great value is placed on the perspectives of young target groups—one approach, for example, is to discuss antisemitism with young Muslims. Other target groups include the police and judges for whom seminars are held to sensitize them to racism and antisemitism. The educational center also took a highly dynamic approach during the Covid lockdown, when "Les Milles" teams visited classes that were prevented from traveling by the pandemic. Digital distance learning was offered to kindergarten and school teachers and to social workers, and resources were made available online.
The awarding of the prize is a signal for a lively discourse about our common histo-ry and memory and an appeal for transnational collaboration between European memorial sites. The jury's decision encourages the Documentation Center in its efforts to show solidarity with historical institutions in other countries and to sup-port them at a time when the tendency towards a nationalistically motivated historical amnesia is growing.