Newsletter 02/2014


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FESTIVE CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

The Prague-based organisation Živá paměť ("Living Memory") together with artists from the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague (HAMU) is organising a concert of classical music on 28 May. The annual event aims to honour the Czech victims of National Socialism and to raise the profile of the current life situation and needs of survivors. The Foundation EVZ is funding the concert in the project "Forum for victims of National Socialism and inter-generational dialogue in the Czech Republic".
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 17 h, HAMU, Bohuslav-Martinů-Saal, Malostranské náměstí 13, Prague
to the Živá paměť website

UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY ~ COUNTRY FINALS: " INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE " 2014

MAY ~ COUNTRY FINALS: " INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE " 2014

The competition aims to stimulate the exploration of human rights and their historical backgrounds and to strengthen debating as a medium of political culture and democratic argument. In order to promote German language skills in the participating countries and hence also bilateral cultural relations, the project is conducted in German. The finals in Riga, Tallinn, Moscow and Vilnius have already been held. The following are yet to come:
16.05. Kiev
22.05. Prague
28.05. Budapest
30.05. Warsaw
to the competition website (in German)

15 MAY TO 7 SEPTEMBER ~ EXHIBITION: DESSAU 1945 – DESTRUCTION OF THE MODERN. WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON.

15 MAY TO 7 SEPTEMBER ~ EXHIBITION: DESSAU 1945 – DESTRUCTION OF THE MODERN. WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON.

Dessau, a base of the Bauhaus movement, but also a centre of the German munitions industry and production site for "Zyklon B", was largely destroyed by bomb attacks in spring 1945. The exhibition shows the Janus-faced heritage of the city, illustrated with photographs taken by the famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who himself was imprisoned in Germany. He illustrates the return of French forced labourers and prisoners of war.
more ... (in German)

12 JUNE ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: WHY MASS GRAVES? LOCATIONS OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST EXTERMINATION OF ROMA IN ROMANIA AND UKRAINE

12 JUNE ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: WHY MASS GRAVES? LOCATIONS OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST EXTERMINATION OF ROMA IN ROMANIA AND UKRAINE

Research into the National Socialist persecution of Roma displays many "white spots". This finding was reached by the colloquium on the extermination of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe organised by the Foundation EVZ together with partners in 2013. Many questions were posed about the extermination of Roma, about locating the graves of the victims of the Roma genocide and their present condition today, and about local places of remembrance. The Foundation EVZ has invited representatives of two of the projects being funded that are exploring the National Socialist persecution of Roma in Romania and Ukraine to visit Berlin. "Yahad – In Unum" and the Ukrainian Centre for Holocaust Research will be presenting their project approaches and discussing them with a Roma representative. The identity-promoting effect of these projects for the Roma communities in the respective countries will be debated.
to the programme

22-23 SEPTEMBER ~ PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE: “ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM: INTERDEPENDENCIES?”

22-23 SEPTEMBER ~ PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE: “ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM: INTERDEPENDENCIES?”

For the fifth time, representatives from the fields of education and academia will be invited to a dialogue on how anti-Semitism is dealt with in Germany. Under the title "Anti-Semitism and racism: interdependencies?" the conference will sound out how the relationship between anti-Semitism and racism can be grasped and structured in education and intervention. The starting point is a migration society shaped by National Socialism, the colonial era and various inequality relationships. In 2011 the Foundation EVZ together with cooperation partners launched the conference series "Perspectives" that takes a critical look at anti-Semitism. From 2014 to 2016 the series will be entitled "Perspectives. Forum for education and academia, a critical look at anti-Semitism". The coming programme of the conference in the civic centre LISA in Jena-Lobeda will be published at the end of May. Information on the conference series, the cooperation partners and conference reports is available here. (in German)

JULY TO OCTOBER ~ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING EXHIBITION: “FORCED LABOUR. THE GERMANS, THE FORCED LABOUERS AND THE WAR” IN PRAGUE

JULY TO OCTOBER ~ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING EXHIBITION: “FORCED LABOUR. THE GERMANS, THE FORCED LABOUERS AND THE WAR” IN PRAGUE

Following the four successful exhibition stops in Berlin, Moscow, Dortmund and Warsaw, the international travelling exhibition "Forced labour. The Germans, the forced labourers and the war" will be shown in the Belvedere of the Prague Castle from the beginning of July to the end of October 2014. The patrons of the venue in the Czech capital are the Presidents of the Czech Republic and Germany. The exhibition will be accompanied by series of flanking events, including eyewitness discussions with former Czech forced labourers. The local partner for the flanking events is the Czech NGO "Forum 2000". Further information is available from the official website of the exhibition: www.ausstellung-zwangsarbeit.org

FUNDING NEWS

DISCUSSION: ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES - SINTI UND ROMA IN GERMANY

DISCUSSION: ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES - SINTI UND ROMA IN GERMANY

A panel discussion on Sinti and Roma in Germany was held in Berlin on 8 April. Sinti and Roma are Europe's largest minority groups. In Germany too they encounter centuries-old antiziganism that is exacerbated by the debate on immigration. The discussion was organised by the Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation which aims to help improve education opportunities for Sinti and Roma, especially for children and young people in Germany, by promoting education and combating discrimination and antiziganism. The Foundation EVZ is funding this work. The discussion panel included Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, Dr Martin Salm, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, Melanie Weiß of the Association of German Sinti and Roma, Moritz Pankok from Galerie Kai Dikhas and the musician Dejan Ivanovic.
At the invitation of the Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation Dr Martin Salm had already held a speech in the morning of 8 April in which he drew attention to the fact that over 100 people were deported from Northern Germany to Macedonia and Serbia even on International Roma Day. While the first freely elected Volkskammer (East German parliament) had expressly invited Jews to Germany in 1990, Roma – who were also victims of National Socialist extermination – were being dispatched into an uncertain future.
to the postscript on the event (in German)

FIRST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME CLOSES

FIRST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME CLOSES

The period for applications for the new funding programme "Forced labour and forgotten victims" ended on 4 April. The extent to which forced labour under National Socialism is addressed still varies widely from country to country in Europe. Moreover, there are other victim groups of NS injustice in Germany and the countries occupied by the National Socialist regime or their successor states that do not yet have any appropriate place in the respective culture of remembrance. In Germany, these are often termed "forgotten" victims of National Socialism.
The programme funds projects such as exhibitions, analogue and digital documentations, or films that address and publicise the history and reception of forced labour under National Socialism or the fate of victim groups of National Socialist injustice. In the first call for applications altogether 49 project proposals from all over Europe – from Portugal to Russia and from Norway to Italy – were submitted. After completion of the examination by the jury, the probably 12 to 15 selected projects will be able to start in September 2014. The next call for applications to the funding programme for projects starting in 2015 will open in the second half of 2014.
to the programme

EXHIBITION “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR” IN ODESSA

EXHIBITION “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR” IN ODESSA

In Eastern Europe 11 April is celebrated as the "International Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation" in memory of the uprising of the Buchenwald inmates. At a commemoration event in the Jewish Community Centre in Odessa, the exhibition "… like a breath of fresh air" was opened on this remembrance day and remained on display for two weeks. The exhibition portrays nine people from a generation whose biographies were shaped by the events of World War II, photographed and interviewed by the journalist Lesya Kharchenko. They come from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and participate in projects of the "Dialogue Forum" funding programme. So far, the "Dialogue Forum" programme has funded over 230 projects benefiting victims of National Socialism in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
more on the exhibition (in Russian)

GOEAST DOCUMENTARY FILM PRIZE: ESZTER HAJDÚ WINS “REMEMBRANCE AND FUTURE” AWARD 2014

GOEAST DOCUMENTARY FILM PRIZE: ESZTER HAJDÚ WINS “REMEMBRANCE AND FUTURE” AWARD 2014

Eszter Hajdú is the winner of the documentary film award "Remembrance and Future" worth EUR 10,000. Hajdú received the prize for her film JUDGMENT IN HUNGARY. With its "Remembrance and Future" award, the Foundation EVZ honours film makers who address current social developments or historical injustice critically and constructively.
The jury explained its reasons for awarding the prize as follows: "We are awarding this prize for the courageous concept of the documentary narrative art and brilliant direction of the editing, as well as for the strong and committed position in exploring an important matter of our joint European future."
the GoEast award winners

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTER’S DEGREE COURSE ON JEWISH CIVILIZATIONS

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTER’S DEGREE COURSE ON JEWISH CIVILIZATIONS

Scholarship holders started the second year of the MA study course Jewish Civilization at the University of Jewish Studies Heidelberg (HfJS) on 23 April. The course is being offered in cooperation with Paideia – Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm. The two-year MA course on Jewish Civilization aims to train participants' ability to explore cultural knowledge about Jewish civilizations in their diversity through intensive study of language and sources. The Foundation EVZ is funding the stay of five students in Heidelberg each year up to 2016.
more ... (in German)

THEATRE PERFORMANCE: THE HUNGER PLAN CONFERENCE – THE REORGANISATION OF EUROPE AND THE WAR OF EXTERMINATION

THEATRE PERFORMANCE: THE HUNGER PLAN CONFERENCE – THE REORGANISATION OF EUROPE AND THE WAR OF EXTERMINATION

On 2 May 1941 German military representatives and Secretaries of State meet in Berlin for the Hunger Plan Conference. The minutes state that "if we take what we need out of the country, there can be no doubt that tens of millions of people will die of starvation". The first work of the Historians Laboratory was a documentary theatre project on the Wannsee Conference. This project in the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst was the second part of the trilogy "The invention and destruction of the sub-human. The organised murder of Jews, Slavs, Sinti and Roma by National Socialist Germany". The focus is on the middle management squad, in which secretaries of state turn blurred visions into concrete policies. A further focus is on the victims of the hunger policy. Testimonies by Soviet prisoners of war, as well as by the Blokadniki, the population of the besieged city of Leningrad, are integrated into the project. Eyewitnesses from present-day St. Petersburg, Minsk and Kiev came to Berlin – and became part of the documentary theatre project.
more ... (in German)

EXHIBITION: SURVIVAL THROUGH ART

EXHIBITION: SURVIVAL THROUGH ART

To mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation, the Foundation EVZ is presenting drawings by the former Polish forced labourer Franciszek Znamirowski. The exhibition was opened at the premises of the Foundation EVZ on 6 May with an introduction by the art historian Michaela Haibl. The cartoon-type drawings show everyday life in the Gusen concentration camp, where the Polish resistance fighter and camp inmate Franciszek Znamirowski had to build aircraft parts in the war production effort at Messerschmitt. The exhibition can be viewed on Mondays to Fridays from 10 - 15 h in the foyer of the Foundation EVZ up to 6 June 2014.
more ... (in German)

MICC WORLD IN the Foundation EVZ

MICC WORLD IN the Foundation EVZ

80 young people and their teachers from Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Argentina, Portugal, Uganda, South Africa and Viet Nam were welcomed at the offices of the Foundation EVZ on 9 May 2014. For a week the students slipped into the roles of prosecutor, defence, judge and observing journalists at the "MICC World" (Model International Criminal Court) at the Kreisau Foundation in Poland. In a series of simulations of the International Criminal Court they examined cases from the Nuremberg trials, as well as from the Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals.
The project was funded in the programme "Teaching human rights" of the Foundation EVZ and the "Youth in Action" programme of the European Union.
more ...

29 MAY TO 1 JUNE ~ PROJECT ADVISORY SEMINAR: EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

29 MAY TO 1 JUNE ~ PROJECT ADVISORY SEMINAR: EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

Project managers from 17 international projects will be taking part in the four-day seminar of the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE funding programme. At the seminar participants can design their project applications and undergo further training. The workshop themes include diversity-aware perspectives of international youth work, interview techniques for work with eyewitnesses and other interviewees, and creative methods in project work. The seminar participants come from Germany, Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Romania. With its EUROPEANS FOR PEACE funding programme, the Foundation EVZ supports international school and youth projects in Germany, the countries of Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe and Israel. The subject of the call for applications is: Watch out: Discrimination! Projects on exclusion then – and now.
to the programme

FORCED LABOUR. THE EYEWITNESS APP OF THE BERLIN HISTORY WORKSHOP NOW ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID

FORCED LABOUR. THE EYEWITNESS APP OF THE BERLIN HISTORY WORKSHOP NOW ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID

The app, developed by a project team at the Berlin History Workshop, offers five different tours through Berlin – on foot, by bicycle or with the Berlin S-Bahn railway system: from the Brandenburg Gate to Kreuzberg, from the railway station Bahnhof Zoo to Schöneweide, through Wedding, or from Potsdamer Platz to Neukölln. With their smartphones, users can follow the everyday paths of forced labourers under National Socialism. In excerpts from video and audio interviews at the sites, eyewitnesses talk about forced labour in the armaments factories, for government agencies, or in private households. They report on hunger and experiences of violence, as well as on love and friendships.
to the app in the Google-Appstore (in German)

FOUNDATION EVZ FUNDS ASF SUMMER CAMPS IN FRANCE AND ITALY

FOUNDATION EVZ FUNDS ASF SUMMER CAMPS IN FRANCE AND ITALY

In summer 1944, Oradour-sur-Glane in Western France and Sant'Anna in Tuscany were the scenes of SS massacres. Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V. (ASF - Action Reconciliation / Services for Peace) is organising a summer camp at both locations and inviting young people to explore these crimes committed by the National Socialist regime. In Sant'Anna the international encounter project will focus on the massacre of the civilian population in August 1944 and its significance for the Italian culture of remembrance of World War II. In Oradour-sur-Glane, the participants are to help with conservation work in the village ruins and can support an extensive transcription project of the memorial site Centre de la mémoire d’Oradour-sur-Glane (CMO).
more on the summer camp in Sant'Anna & Montemaggio 29.08.-12.09.2014

more on the summer camp in Oradour-sur-Glane 24.08.-07.09.2014

NEW PUBLICATIONS

KERSTIN VON LINGEN, KLAUS GESTWA (EDS.): FORCED LABOUR AS  A WAR RESOURCE IN EUROPE AND ASIA

KERSTIN VON LINGEN, KLAUS GESTWA (EDS.): FORCED LABOUR AS A WAR RESOURCE IN EUROPE AND ASIA

The anthology presents the results of the conference "Forced labour as a war weapon" held at the University of Tubingen with support from the Foundation EVZ in September 2011. The focus was on the connection between war and forced labour. Both pre-modern and modern European and East Asian forced labour regimes were considered as well as the National Socialist dictatorship. The publication provides a cross-section of international research into forced labour.
to the publication (in German)

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