The extent to which societies come to terms with forced labour under National Socialism still varies widely in Europe. Moreover, in Germany and in the countries occupied by the National Socialist regime or their successor states, there are still groups of victims of National Socialist injustice who do not yet have any appropriate place in the respective culture of remembrance. These are frequently described in Germany by the term “forgotten” victims of National Socialism.
In its EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme, the Foundation EVZ promotes international school and youth projects between Germany, the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Israel.
The DIALOGUE FORUM programme addresses Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian organisations that work to improve the lives of the elderly in their home countries.
The Foundation EVZ is providing funding for a special programme for German-Ukrainian youth encounters. The aim of the programme is to intensify relations with Ukraine and to strengthen the active commitment of young people from Germany and Ukraine to fundamental democratic values and understanding between peoples.
Antisemitism and antigypsyism are jeopardising social cohesion in Europe by condoning human rights violations and stirring up hatred. They have a long and disquieting tradition. In the National Socialist era they paved the way for the murder of the European Jews and Roma. Against the backdrop of this history, the Foundation EVZ supports the systematic and long-term examination of discrimination, marginalisation and hatred practised against Roma and Jews in Europe.
German National Socialism persecuted tens of thousands people on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity; several thousand lost their lives. The discrimination they faced and the ideologies used to justify this have not yet been overcome. The Foundation – co-funded by Dreilinden gGmbH – therefore supports activities that tackle contemporary discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or identity.
The Foundation finances up to 180 basic scholarships for Roma from Russia, Ukraine and Moldova who want to study for a masters or doctorate degree. The scholarships are open to students of law, politics, business, administration, social studies, journalism and history.
In its EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme, the Foundation EVZ promotes international school and youth projects between Germany, the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Israel. In these projects young people actively explore the subjects of discrimination and persecution under National Socialism and/or present-day discrimination issues. School and youth groups are invited to join up with a school or nonschool education institution to form an international…
Encounters with victims of National Socialism aim to enable a gesture of reconciliation and keep the memories of National Socialist injustice alive. The Foundation EVZ funds projects in which victims of National Socialism from other countries are invited to Germany and pass on their memories in encounters and eyewitness discussions.
Organisations from Belarus and Ukraine can still submit applications for the “Dialogue Forum” programme up to 30 November. The programme addresses people who wish to support the elderly victims of National Socialism who are frequently in need of assistance and to help improve their social situation.
On 4 November 2015 the international travelling exhibition "Forced labour. The Germans, the forced labourers and the war" opened at the Museum of Labour in Hamburg. more...
Over the past decades, the survivors of National Socialism have collected an extensive archive of testimonies with the aim of keeping alive the Memory. more...
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The Center for Digital Systems at the FU Berlin expanded its online archive “Forced Labour 1939-1945” to include English and Russian language versions. more...
The Haus der Demokratie in Berlin has produced a web portal from which various working materials for teaching human rights to young people can be downloaded.