How do cities become partner cities?
Lived international understanding
Asinternational city With around 11.9 million guests a year and around 47,000 residents with a history of immigration, Heidelberg has eightTown twinning: with Hangzhou in China, Palo Alto in the USA, the French city of Montpellier, with Cambridge in Great Britain, Rehovot in Israel, Bautzen in Germany, Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula and with Kumamoto in Japan. The focus of the partnerships is the topic of "science".
The Lived international understanding ranges from official Delegation visits above Exchange of experiences at the political and administrative level up to Youth encounters and citizen activities. The City of Heidelberg has been organizing the International Summer Science School (ISH) since 1996, which brings together high school graduates from all of Heidelberg's partner cities. Since 2010, a cooperation between the International Summer Science School and the National Youth Science Forum has enabled young Heidelberg researchers to gain practical experience in Australia.
In addition, exist friendly relationships to the cities of Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Jelenia Góra (Poland) and Heidelberg (South Africa / Gauteng Province).
It is important to the city of Heidelberg that Contact with their Jewish former citizens to maintain. Meetings have already taken place in Heidelberg five times, at which the former citizens and their relatives visited Germany again for the first time since their expulsion. In order to maintain contact with the descendants of these former Heidelberg residents, the City of Heidelberg supports them on a visit to Heidelberg as part of the present funding program. First-generation descendants receive one-off financial support when they visit Heidelberg for several days.
Together with a network of cities in Baden, the city of Heidelberg is also involved in theMaintenance of the Gurs memorial involved in France. Numerous Jews from Heidelberg were deported to this concentration camp during the Second World War.
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