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59 T W O Journeys of Reconciliation A 1966 conference held in Starnberg, West Germany, fo- cused on the burgeoning phenomenon of international travel and tourism by the European young. Coming from a dozen Western European countries, the participants had ex- pertise from various academic disciplines, policy institutes, commercial entities, and private organizations. The confer- ence was hosted by the Institute for Tourism, founded by Heinz Hahn in 1961 as a social-scientific interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to critiquing and promoting in- ternational travel and tourism. 1 The meeting was premised on the notion that international youth travel was a public matter, the concern of government, society, and commerce alike. A Frenchman from the Council of Europe suggested that it ought to awaken feelings of European solidarity, feel- ings of belonging to a European generation. A Bavarian youth leader emphasized that international youth travel could and should serve the educational function of tolerance for oth- ers, which, he thought, explained why it had become an im- portant and meaningful part of West German foreign policy, particularly toward France. 2 Helmut Kentler, a psychologist from Berlin, stressed that the roots of this phenomenon were in the years of Allied occupation immediately following the Second World War. He pointed to a profound connection between culture, travel, reconciliation, and Europe: We grew up under a fascist regime that isolated us from all outside influences. I remember well the first time I listened to a jazz record, and how it just stopped me in my tracks, how I stood helpless in front Jobs, Richard Ivan. Backpack Ambassadors : How Youth Travel Integrated Europe, University of Chicago Press, 2017. ProQuest Ebook Central, . Created from ucsb-ebooks on 2018-04-05 12:05:15. Copyright © 2017. University of Chicago Press. All rights reserved.
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CHAPTER TWO 60 of a Picasso painting, how I was beside myself the first time I read translated works of modern literature from France, Britain, and America. A difficult learning process began. We hurried to try and get to these places where all things new came from. But for us, the borders were still closed. Then something surprising happened: representatives of foreign youth associations came to us, and with them politicians, writers, and artists. They met with us and we developed friendships. That was the beginning of the excite- ment for Europe that grabbed the young. We wanted to tear down the border posts; we did just that and met the youth of Europe. Organizations of understanding grew like mushrooms, mostly founded by students, authorities responsible for youth, or youth syndicates. They all wanted to serve the cause of international youth, and they set out to arrange exchange partners and take on the administration of organizations. No one could have anticipated that years later an industry of youth tourism would develop from these organizations of understanding.
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  • Spring '09
  • TALBOTT
  • History, European Union, Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, ProQuest Ebook Central, Youth Travel Integrated

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