Newsletter 01/2014


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CONCERT – VERDI’S “MESSA DA REQUIEM” IN THE THERESIENSTADT GHETTO

Over 140,000 Jews were interned in the Theresienstadt Ghetto between 1941 and 1945. Only few of them survived the Holocaust. Most of them died in the ghetto or were deported to extermination camps and murdered. However, the history of the ghetto also includes development of the cultural life there. There were readings, concerts, theatre performances and exhibitions organised by the many imprisoned artists. One of the most active musicians in the ghetto was the Czech conductor and pianist Rafael Schächter. Together with around 150 inmates, he rehearsed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” and performed it 16 times. Now, 70 years after the last concert in Theresienstadt, the Jewish Museum Berlin together with The Defiant Requiem Foundation and financial support from the Foundation EVZ is organising the nation-wide premiere on 4 March. Headed by the Director Murry Sidlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Choir of the Junges Ensemble Berlin and the Vokalakademie Berlin will be performing.
Photo: (© Defiant Requiem Foundation, photo Josef Rabara)

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UPCOMING EVENTS

25/26 FEBRUARY ~ PREMIERE: COLOGNE EYEWITNESS THEATRE

25/26 FEBRUARY ~ PREMIERE: COLOGNE EYEWITNESS THEATRE

Since February 2013 the Bundesverband für NS-Verfolgte e.V. (federal association for victims of National Socialism) in cooperation with the Leibniz High School, Dormagen, the Cologne-Chorweiler Encounter Centre of the Jewish Congregation Cologne and the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation Inc. have been realising an eyewitness theatre project. Under the guidance of a theatre-in-education teacher and a psychologist, ten National Socialist persecutees together with ten young people are designing a stage play based on the life stories of the eyewitnesses. The project has been designed with support from the Israeli partner Joint-ESHEL in Jerusalem. The performances will be presented in Dormagen on 21 February and in Cologne on 25/26 February.
to the project website (in German)

FEBRUARY/MARCH/MAY ~ INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SIMULATIONS

FEBRUARY/MARCH/MAY ~ INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SIMULATIONS

In the coming weeks there will again be three MICC (Model International Criminal Court) events for school and university students at the Kreisau Foundation in Krzyżowa, Poland. The dates are:
15.-21.2.2014: MICC School with young people from Germany, Poland, USA and Israel
26.-31.3.2014: MICC University with international students
03.-09.5.2014: MICC World with young people from Germany, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, South Africa, Argentina, Uganda and Vietnam
On 9 May 2014 the Foundation EVZ will be welcoming the 75 MICC World participants at its premises.
The simulations of International Criminal Court cases are funded by the Foundation EVZ in its TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS programme. The European Union and other patrons participate in the MICC.
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11 MARCH ~ THEATRE PERFORMANCE: ÄNNE’S LAST JOURNEY

11 MARCH ~ THEATRE PERFORMANCE: ÄNNE’S LAST JOURNEY

In 1915 Änne Lehnkering is born in Oberhausen. According to her file notes, she is anxious and nervous already as a little girl. In accordance with National Socialist racial hygiene she is persecuted as a “genetically unworthy unproductive eater”. From 1936 to 1940 she is a patient at the Bedburg-Hau psychiatric hospital. On 7 March 1940 she is murdered in Grafeneck in the course of the T4 campaign as a person “unworthy of life”.
“Änne’s last journey”, staged and performed by the Theater mini-art (Bedburg-Hau, Lower Rhine) has won many awards. The stage play on the subject of “Euthanasia” in the National Socialist era is a docu-fiction about a long concealed topic.
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9 - 15 APRIL ~ FILM FESTIVAL: 14TH FESTIVAL OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN FILM, WIESBADEN

9 - 15 APRIL ~ FILM FESTIVAL: 14TH FESTIVAL OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN FILM, WIESBADEN

GoEast shows the diversity of Eastern European film making – current trends, new positions and film-history rarities. The seven-day Festival is a dialogue forum between East and West. Together with the Foundation EVZ, goEast offers the “Remembrance and Future” documentary film award, which honours contributions critically addressing social developments and their causes in the filmmakers’ countries.
to the Festival homepage

APRIL/MAY ~ COUNTRY FINALS “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” 2014

APRIL/MAY ~ COUNTRY FINALS “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” 2014

International Youth Debate is a debating competition for young people from eight Central and East European countries. The competition aims to stimulate an exploration of human rights and their historical background and to strengthen debating as a medium of political culture and democratic dispute. In order to promote German language skills in the participating countries and bilateral cultural relations, the debates are conducted in German. Starting in April 2014 the national winners will be determined in the eight participating countries. The exact dates of the final events will be published on the competition website.
to the competition website (in German)

6 MAY ~ OPENING: SURVIVAL THROUGH ART. WATERCOLOURS BY THE POLISHED FORCED LABOURER FRANCISZEK ZNAMIROWSKI

6 MAY ~ OPENING: SURVIVAL THROUGH ART. WATERCOLOURS BY THE POLISHED FORCED LABOURER FRANCISZEK ZNAMIROWSKI

In March 1944 the Polish concentration camp inmate and forced labourer Franciszek Znamirowski gave his German foreman at the Messerschmidt Works in Regensburg an album with ten watercolour paintings. The cartoon drawings show everyday life in the Gusen Concentration Camp, a forgotten camp of the National Socialist injustice system. In the “Hell of Gusen”, as the camp was called by the survivors, the German foreman Karl Seider seems to have been one of the few who showed any humanity. The University of Regensburg and the State Library Regensburg are showing the rediscovered watercolours in an exhibition in the Foyer of the Foundation EVZ.


15 MAY ~ EYEWITNESS DISCUSSION: SURVIVORS OF OSARITSCHI

15 MAY ~ EYEWITNESS DISCUSSION: SURVIVORS OF OSARITSCHI

In January 1944 the National Socialist occupation power set up three camps surrounded by barbed wire in the sumps of Osaritschi (today Belarus). 50,000 people were driven into the camps by the Germans. The prisoners were specifically infected with spotted typhus in order to trigger an epidemic when they were liberated by soldiers of the Red Army. The camps lasted for less than three weeks. More than 9,000 people died here. Many of the survivors remained traumatised forever. An eyewitness talks about her life and about the commitment to the survivors of Osaritschi by the NGO “Social Projects” in Gomel.
to the programme (in German)

FUNDING NEWS

THERAPEUTIC STAYS AT HEALTH CLINICS FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

THERAPEUTIC STAYS AT HEALTH CLINICS FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

In 2013 the Foundation EVZ financed therapeutic stays at health clinics close to their homes for 18 Hungarian Holocaust survivors. The oldest participant was 89-year-old Dr György Denes (Photo), who was deported to Auschwitz in 1944, made to perform very heavy forced labour in Bergen-Belsen, and experienced the end of the war in Theresienstadt. György Denes was liberated by the Allied Forces at the age of 22. The Holocaust survivors were provided with medical treatment and cared for in their leisure time by volunteer helpers from Germany. The therapeutic stays at health clinics were carried out by the Maximilian-Kolbe-Werk with financial support from the Foundation EVZ’s funding programme DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM.
to the programme (in German)

VOLUNTEERS FROM MERSEBURG VISIT THE FOUNDATION EVZ

VOLUNTEERS FROM MERSEBURG VISIT THE FOUNDATION EVZ

On 5 December 2013 10 volunteers from the Federal Volunteer Service visited the Foundation EVZ to find out about its funding programmes and the payments programmes for former forced labourers under National Socialism implemented between 2001 and 2007. They attended a three-day seminar in Berlin of the History Workshop Merseburg on political education and remembrance, got to know various institutions, and discussed topics from the fields of politics and history. The Foundation EVZ has already funded several projects run by the History Workshop Merseburg.
to the project website (in German)

LEO-BAECK-PROJECT WINS THE LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITY’S INNOVATIVE TEACHING PRIZE 2013

LEO-BAECK-PROJECT WINS THE LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITY’S INNOVATIVE TEACHING PRIZE 2013

On 5 December 2013 the LEO-BAECK project “Jewish History in teaching: Didactic concepts and practical applications” won the innovative teaching award 2013 of the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich. The project developed a novel teaching event format in which students designed teaching units themselves, put them up for discussion at an in-service teacher training session, and then revised them. These concepts were then tested practically in schools.
Photo: The award winners PD Dr Mirjam Zadoff and Dr Gregor Pelger (middle) with Prof. Dr Martin Wirsing (left) and Prof. Dr Oliver Jahraus (right)
Photo: Friedrich Schmidt
to the programme

EXHIBITION “HARASSED EXISTENCE. ROMA SURVIVING NATIONAL SOCIALIST TERROR IN UKRAINE”

EXHIBITION “HARASSED EXISTENCE. ROMA SURVIVING NATIONAL SOCIALIST TERROR IN UKRAINE”

The Ukrainian-language version of the exhibition “Harassed Existence. Roma Surviving National Socialist Terror in Ukraine” was opened at the Odessa Museum of Local History on 18 December 2013. Sixteen Roma who survived German tyranny in Ukraine during World War II described their eventful lives during the war, in the post-war period and today. In May 2012 the photographer Birgit Meixner portrayed Roma in Ukraine who are taking part in projects of the Foundation EVZ. Meixner’s portraits are snapshots from the lives of an ethnic minority who are still harassed today.
The exhibition will be shown in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities in 2014. Details of the exhibition venues and of how to hire the exhibition in Ukraine are available from the project manager Olena Fjudr (helenfyudr@yandex.ru).
more about the exhibition (in German)

“HUMAN RIGHTS PAST AND PRESENT” – AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PROJECTS IN THE EUROPEANS FOR PEACE PROGRAMME

“HUMAN RIGHTS PAST AND PRESENT” – AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PROJECTS IN THE EUROPEANS FOR PEACE PROGRAMME

100 projects funded in 24 countries with participation by 4,100 young people - this is the balance of the funding cycles 2010/2013. The young people addressed human rights issues from current or historical perspectives and in many different ways – for example in film projects, theatre performances or print products. Among these were 12 projects that were not “only” funded by the Foundation, but also winners of the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE award. The names of the outstanding, award-winning school and non-school projects are set out in a documentation at www.europeans-for-peace.de and can be seen on YouTube.
award winners on YouTube

“CRAZY WITH HUNGER!” – AN ENCOUNTER WITH SURVIVORS OF THE LENINGRAD BLOCKADE AT THE FOUNDATION EVZ

“CRAZY WITH HUNGER!” – AN ENCOUNTER WITH SURVIVORS OF THE LENINGRAD BLOCKADE AT THE FOUNDATION EVZ

Before the public recognition and respect in the Bundestag on the Day of Remembrance for the victims of National Socialism, two eyewitnesses who survived the Leningrad Blockade spoke in the foyer of the Foundation EVZ on 23 January 2014. Walentina Kasarowa (born 1926) and Margarita Petrowa (born 1937) described the human tragedies that were played out in the beleaguered city, how their lives proceeded after the siege and how important support by the Foundation EVZ is for the survivors.
Ms Kasarowa is taking part in a project run by the association “Dowerie” (English: “Trust”) in Saint Petersburg that is being funded by the Foundation EVZ in its DIALOGUE FORUM programme. In the project survivors of the blockade and other victims of National Socialism come together. Ms Petrowa is participating in a project operated by “Memorial” in Saint Petersburg that the Foundation EVZ is supporting within the context of its DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM funding programme. The project seeks to improve the life situation of survivors of National Socialism and Stalinism with food, medicines and other material aids.
more about the event (in German)

NETWORKING MEETING OF THE LEO BAECK PROGRAMME

NETWORKING MEETING OF THE LEO BAECK PROGRAMME

A project meeting upgrading the contents of and networking the currently ongoing individual projects was held at the Jewish Museum Berlin from 24 to 25 January 2014. The 28 participants from 14 projects exchanged project information, were advised individually and were given a guided tour through the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin. In a number of workshops they learned more about the pictures in the history education sector and acquisition of funds through crowdfunding.
to the programme

WEBSITE ON POSTCOLONIAL MUNICH COMPLETED: MAPPING.POSTKOLONIAL.NET

WEBSITE ON POSTCOLONIAL MUNICH COMPLETED: MAPPING.POSTKOLONIAL.NET

The website www.mapping.postkolonial.net informs about and raises awareness of the traces and after-effects of Munich’s colonial history. The project was facilitated by funds from the EVZ programme (HI)STORIES IN DIVERSITY. The attractively designed website makes it possible to search for traces, provides contexts and narrative strands, and points to “Ghosts” – “Shadows of the colonial past”. At the same time the project presents a combination of local orientation and digital possibilities for art and education. The large project team was supported by the initiative [muc] münchen postkolonial, the media laboratory Labor k3000 and the registered association “Ökumenischen Büro für Frieden und Gerechtigkeit” (Ecumenical office for peace and justice).
to the programme (in German)

CONTINUATION IN 2014-2016 OF THE “PERSPECTIVES” CONFERENCE SERIES EXAMINING ANTI-SEMITISM

CONTINUATION IN 2014-2016 OF THE “PERSPECTIVES” CONFERENCE SERIES EXAMINING ANTI-SEMITISM

Together with its partners in cooperation, the Foundation EVZ will continue the PERSPECTIVES conference series examining anti-Semitism from 2014 to 2016. With the first series running from 2011 to 2013, the Foundation EVZ launched a continuous exchange about anti-Semitism between academia and educational practice. The partners in cooperation of the Foundation EVZ are the Education Department at the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, as well as the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. The Anne Frank Educational Centre in Frankfurt/Main has been gained as a new partner.
The next conference will be held in Jena from 22 to 23 September 2014 and explore the relationship between anti-Semitism and racism.
more about the Perspectives conference series (in German)

CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME: FORCED LABOUR AND 'FORGOTTEN VICTIMS' – REMEMBRANCE OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST INJUSTICE

NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME: FORCED LABOUR AND 'FORGOTTEN VICTIMS' – REMEMBRANCE OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST INJUSTICE

In the new funding programme of the Foundation EVZ, FORCED LABOUR AND 'FORGOTTEN VICTIMS', international projects examining the history of forced labour under National Socialism or “forgotten” groups of victims of National Socialism will be funded starting in 2014. Applications can also be made for subsidies for international conferences that address the subject of forced labour under National Socialism in a cross-contextual manner.
to the programme

FUNDING PROGRAMME DIALOGUE FORUM

FUNDING PROGRAMME DIALOGUE FORUM

A new call for applications for the EVZ funding programme DIALOGUE FORUM will be opened on 15 February 2014 and implemented by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Russia). The aim of the programme is to improve the life situation of people who were victims of the National Socialists, e.g. as forced labourers, and are living in Russia today. Organisations that implement projects supporting victims of National Socialism are funded. This year too, organisations from anywhere in the Russian Federation can apply. The invitation to apply and the application forms will be available as of mid-February on the funding programme’s international website, which also provides information about the programme in Ukraine and Belarus.
to the programme (in Russian)

ENCOUNTERS WITH EYEWITNESSES FUNDING PROGRAMME

ENCOUNTERS WITH EYEWITNESSES FUNDING PROGRAMME

The Foundation EVZ funds projects in which victims of National Socialism living in other countries are invited to Germany and talk about their memories in encounters and eyewitness discussions. A new call for applications for funding was launched in February 2014. Applications are accepted continuously – they should be received by the Foundation three months before the project is scheduled to start.
to the programme (in German)

NEW PUBLICATIONS

“ERINNERN AN ZWANGSARBEIT” (REMEMBERING FORCED LABOUR) – EYEWITNESS INTERVIEWS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

“ERINNERN AN ZWANGSARBEIT” (REMEMBERING FORCED LABOUR) – EYEWITNESS INTERVIEWS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

The publication which appeared in December presents the results of the Conference “Remembering forced labour – eyewitness interviews in the digital world”, held in October 2012 by the Center for Digital Systems at the Freie Universität Berlin with support from the Foundation EVZ. It introduces the online archive “Forced Labour 1939-1945” established by the two institutions in cooperation with the German Historical Museum, with some 600 interviews from 26 countries. A number of authors discuss archive-specific, educational and other issues in handling this interview archive. The conference volume also contains a series of articles by international experts on interview collections on the internet and their use in research and education work.
... more (in German)

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