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- WALLS & PEACE
- MULTILINGUAL FORTIFICATION DICTIONARY
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018
- ELISABETH SCHELTEMA-VRIESENDORP
- EFFORTS 2018 ANNUAL CONGRESS
- EUROPEAN FORTRESS DAY
- NEW LUXEMBOURG REPRESENTATIVE
- 27TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY JÜLICH, 2017
- AUSTRIA NEW IFC-MEMBER
WALLS & PEACE
Dear Member / sympathiser of ‘Atlantikwall Europe’,
On 28 November 2018 will take place the Atlantikwall Europe (AWE) eych2018 Creative Europe Start Event “Walls&Peace’, at Raversyde Museum in Oostende, Belgium.
It will be a whole day programme.
The 28 November Conference WALLS & PEACE is the start event of the project ‘ATLANTIKWALL Europe’ (AWE), and its two years of activities presenting the cultural relevance of the Atlantikwall in Europe. The project is a European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 cooperation project supported by the European Commission’s Culture programme ‘Creative Europe’ and by its four main partners.
The project strives for the first time in European post-war history, to establish a network linking museums, places of remembrance and other interested parties from all Atlantic Wall countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the Channel Islands) and beyond in common projects, preserving memory and implicating future generations, especially the young, in the common European heritage of World War II and its Atlantic Wall.
This Atlantic Wall system gives testimony to a painful but collective memory, and represents a unique translation of Europe’s cultural heritage and values and is a relevant witness of totalitarian times and the democracies that vanquished them. The network shows to all generations the Atlantic Wall’s WWII heritage and its relevance for Europe’s future.
Meet the members of the Atlantikwall Europe network from 7 European countries, European artists, young academic work on the Atlantikwall and the Walls&Peace youth project participants at the first conference of the European project.
MULTILINGUAL FORTIFICATION DICTIONARY
IFC cooperates with EFFORTS
After the 28th General Assembly, IFC sent a letter to EFFORTS to announce its plans for renewal of the IFC Multilingual Fortification Dictionary and invites for concerted action. The full letter can be found under the Tab Actvities after IFC-members Activities Reports.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018
ITALY NEW MEMBER ?
At the 28th General Assembly of the International Fortress Council (IFC), welcomed on October 12th, 2018 in Forte di Bard (Aosta, Italy) a great number of fortress-organisations from Italy presented themselves. The IFC is open for an Italian representation and hopes that at next year’s assembly there will be a delegation from Italy.
Austria and Malta
At the 2019 General Assembly, to be held on October 11th, 2019 (place not yet known), the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (OeGF) (Austrian Society for Fortification Research) and the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (Malta Heritage Trust) will be welcomed as new members.
Dott.ssa Maria Cristina Ronc, Direttore Associazione Forte di Bard and Andrea Kupka, President of the International Fortress Council during the meeting with Italian fortress-organisations
General Assembly in Forte di Bard
Greece and Poland
Greek and Polish fortification experts were present and may lead to membership of IFC for those countries.
Visit to the Forte di Bard, Opera Ferdinando
Andreas Kupka, President of IFC
Els Scheltema-Vriesendorp passed away August 19th, 2018. She was well known as Secretary of the Stichting Menno van Coehoorn and as the spouse of Carlos Scheltema, the long-time Secretary-General of the IFC. Els was present at most of the IFC's General Assemblies over the years and played a great rol in IFC.
EFFORTS 2018 ANNUAL CONGRESS
EUROPEAN FORTRESS DAY
Europe is a patchwork of cultural diversity, and we are connecting the dots: together, all over Europe, we are celebrating the first European Fortress Day. This year this event coincides with the European Heritage Days, organised in each country on a day in September. On this page you find the partners of European Fortress Day and their activities. Some are just a car or train ride away. European Fortress Day is an initiative of the European Federation of Fortified Sites and Defence Lines (EFFORTS) and Stichting Liniebreed Ondernemen (SLO).
The International Fortress Council is cooperating with EFFORTS. Somne IFC-members also joined Efforts, like Simon Stevin (Flandres) and Menno van Coehoorn (Netherlands).
The EFFORTS mission is to share expertise, promote cooperation and emphasize the significance of fortified heritage as a continuing connection to our common European history and as a condition for social, economic and spatial development. See: http://www.efforts-europe.eu/
The Frënn vun der Festungsgeschicht Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l. (FFGL) have appointed a new representative, Mr Patrick Schaul. IFC thanks the former representative, Romain Schauss, for his cooperation.
The 27th General Assembly of the International Fortress Council was held in Jülich (Germany) on October 20th, 2017.
President Andrea Theissen (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (DGF), Germany) and Vice-President Luc Fellay (Association Saint-Maurice d’Etudes Militaires (ASMEM), Switzerland) were both at the end of their three years terms.
The General Assembly unanimously appointed Andreas Kupka (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (DGF), Germany) President of the International Fortress Council and Marc Gayda (Association Vauban, France)
Vice-President of the International Fortress Council.
President IFC, Andrea Theissen, about to handover the ‘Presidents hammer’ to Andreas Kupka.
From left to right:
Luc Fellay, Andrea Theissen, Marc Gayda, ANDREAS Kupka, Luc Olyslager (Simon Stevin, Belgium).
The new Forttours Calendar for 2018 and 2019 is ready (See Tab Calendar).
The next General Assembly will probably be held in Fort Bard (Aosta Valley, Italy). The date is et for October 12th.
LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR NEW DUTCH WATERLINE, October 25th, 2016.
By means of this letter the International Fortress Council (IFC) would like to express its support to the nomination of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, (Dutch Waterline) as an extension of the existing UNESCO World Heritage: Stelling van Amsterdam.
The International Fortress Council (IFC) was founded in 1989 by the following organisations interested in the study of fortifications: Simon Stevin VVC (Belgium; VVC stands for Vlaams Vestingbouwkundig Centrum or Flemish Fortress Centre); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (Germany); Fortress Study Group (U.K.), and the initiator, the Stichting Menno van Coehoorn (The Netherlands). Later similar organisations joined the IFC: Association Vauban (France); Nacionalna Udrug za Fortifikacije (Croatia), Czech Association for Military History (Czech Republic), Frënn vun der Festungsgeschicht Lëtzebuerg (Luxemburg), Association Saint-Maurice d’Etudes Militaires (Switzerland); Coast Defence Study Group (USA).
The IFC unites these organisations from various countries engaged in the protection and study of their national fortified heritage as well as spreading the knowledge about it. Within the IFC these various organisations exchange their knowledge and experiences in that field. If needed they give mutual support.
The Dutch Waterline is an important testimony of the Dutch capacity for water management. The art of taming the water flooding their land, taught them to use it as a means of defence. Thus turning a hostile force of nature into an ally in times of war. Although water has been used as a means of defence in other countries as well, the scale and precision with which the Dutch did it, is unique.
The extension of the existing World Heritage Stelling van Amsterdam with the Dutch Waterline completes the story of the Dutch national defence and the use of water in it. In our opinion it will be an essential reinforcement.
On behalf of all members of the IFC.
NEW MEMBER: AUSTRIA
The General assembly of the International Fortress Council accepted the Austrian Society for Fortification Research, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung, as its newest member-organisation.
The Austrian Society for Fortification Research (OeGF) intends to create a coherent scientific documentation about the construction of fortifications in the Habsburg monarchy. Additionally conservation and utilisation projects in this area are supported on a professional level.