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Newsletter 04/2014


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"I'M STILL ALIVE!" FOUNDATION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

On 16 October the Foundation EVZ unveiled its campaign "I'm still alive!" The campaign is the Foundation's main contribution to the years of remembrance 2014 and 2015, which commemorate the beginning and end of the second world war. It draws attention to acts of persecution during the war and the situation of the survivors today. Through its media impact, it also supports the Foundation's fundraising activities. Six survivors lend their faces to the campaign and tell their stories. "Remembering is important. But when we are talking about the survivors, I think that remembering alone is not enough! That's why the Foundation is promoting this campaign," said Günter Saathoff, Member of the Board of Directors, at the presentation. The first wave of campaign activities in Berlin got under way with 500 illuminated posters in underground stations and at tram and bus stops, on 38 digital advertising displays and images projected at the Friedrichstrasse underground station. The campaign website (www.ich-lebe-noch.info) is featured on all displays. The website contains biographies, photos and quotes from elderly victims of National Socialism and shows how interested citizens can make donations to the Foundation's projects.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

20 NOVEMBER ~ OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: THE VALENTIN U-BOAT BUNKER – HISTORY IN CONCRETE

20 NOVEMBER ~ OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: THE VALENTIN U-BOAT BUNKER – HISTORY IN CONCRETE

In December 1942, the decision was taken to build the Valentin U-Boat bunker in Bremen-Farge. The shipyard – encased in concrete and the size of five football pitches – was built in only 20 months. The plan was to set up a production line for Type XXI submarines in order to stop the advance of the Allied Forces. As many as 10,000 forced labourers worked on the bunker, and around 2,000 fell victim to the inhuman working conditions. Shortly before the end of the war, the RAF destroyed the bunker – not a single U-Boat was ever built there. A German-Israeli youth exchange project in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE funding programme has cast light once more on this long suppressed chapter of National Socialist history. The exhibition, established as part of the project in 2012, is a model for the culture of remembrance, both at regional level and beyond. The exhibition is on show in the foyer of the Foundation until 16 January 2015.
© Photo: Johann Seubert, 1944. Landeszentrale für politische Bildung (regional office for political education), Bremen
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28 NOVEMBER 2014 ~ CONFERENCE: RAINBOW PHILANTHROPY

28 NOVEMBER 2014 ~ CONFERENCE: RAINBOW PHILANTHROPY

The human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are regularly violated. All the more important to provide the right kind of continuous support to civil society actors who work to ensure that human rights are upheld. The 2013 rainbow philanthropy report, to be presented at the 6th rainbow philanthropy conference, provides information on the activities of German donors in the global South and East. The Foundation EVZ is one of the German support organisations active in Eastern Europe. Two discussion rounds at the conference will illustrate the challenges and the need for action: one on the situation facing LGBT communities in Eastern Europe and the other on the problems of dealing with ever increasing numbers of LGBT people fleeing or migrating to Germany. The rainbow philanthropy conference is being organised by Dreilinden gGmbH and the Foundation EVZ.
More on the Dreilinden foundation

28–29 NOVEMBER 2014 ~ CONFERENCE ON LINKING HISTORY EDUCATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN WARSAW

28–29 NOVEMBER 2014 ~ CONFERENCE ON LINKING HISTORY EDUCATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN WARSAW

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jan Karski, Humanity in Action Poland, the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, the central Polish teacher-training institute and other partners in the Polish parliament (Sejm) are organising a conference for 80 to 100 Polish education experts, teachers and students. Jan Karski was a Polish officer and courier in the Polish Home Army. Legal expert and diplomat, he was one of the most important witnesses of the Holocaust. The two-day event will show how his biography can be used in (school) education and, taking his example, how we can teach the values of tolerance and civil courage, and mobilise the will to fight xenophobia, anti-Semitism and hate speech.
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11 DECEMBER ~ LECTURE: THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

11 DECEMBER ~ LECTURE: THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 sparked a revival of Jewish life in Europe. Historian Dr Diana Pinto (Paris) is one of the most important commentators on this process and a major advocate of a strong European-Jewish identity. 25 years on, she takes stock and asks what the future holds for Jews in Europe. The public lecture is part of the conference on "Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity. Comparative European perspectives on a changing diaspora". The international conference is being organised by the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Foundation EVZ is sponsoring the evening lecture.
Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin
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7–9 JANUARY 2015 ~ ACADEMIC CONFERENCE: "BEYOND CAMPS AND FORCED LABOUR: CURRENT RESEARCH ON SURVIVORS OF NAZI PERSECUTION. FIFTH INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE"

7–9 JANUARY 2015 ~ ACADEMIC CONFERENCE: "BEYOND CAMPS AND FORCED LABOUR: CURRENT RESEARCH ON SURVIVORS OF NAZI PERSECUTION. FIFTH INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE"

The fifth conference in this series will take an interdisciplinary look at recent research into groups that survived National Socialist persecution. Around 100 academics from all over the world will present and discuss current studies on Soviet POWs, forced labour in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, and the legacy of euthanasia and medical experiments. The conference is being organised by the University of Wolverhampton, the University of London, Birkbeck College, London, and the Imperial War Museum. The Foundation EVZ is supporting the conference.
Imperial War Museum

20 JANUARY 2015 ~ FILM AND DISCUSSION: WITH A SMILE AND A TEAR – MEETING CENTRES FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN GERMANY

20 JANUARY 2015 ~ FILM AND DISCUSSION: WITH A SMILE AND A TEAR – MEETING CENTRES FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN GERMANY

For more than ten years, the Central Welfare Office of Jews in Germany (ZWST) has been running meeting points for Holocaust survivors in several Germany cities. Visitors meet in protected surroundings, sing together, laugh and dance, but also shed tears when reminded of their traumatic experiences. ZWST social workers and psychologists are on hand to give the survivors extra assistance and support if needed. A thirty-minute film made by SWR (German broadcaster) presents a moving account of the Frankfurt meeting point and the participants. Following the screening of the film, a Holocaust survivor and a ZWST employee will talk about why they personally feel these meeting centres are so important.
More information on the meeting centre

22 JANUARY 2015 ~ FILMS AND EYEWITNESS DISCUSSIONS: WE STILL HAVE A STORY TO TELL

22 JANUARY 2015 ~ FILMS AND EYEWITNESS DISCUSSIONS: WE STILL HAVE A STORY TO TELL

"In 25 years of marriage, I never told my husband I was in the camp. I just couldn't do it," says Regina Alexandrowna Lawrowitsch from Belarus. At the age of ten, she was deported from what is now Belarus to N0rmandy to work as a forced labourer. It wasn't until she reached retirement age that she began to tell her story. Regina Lawrowitsch talks to film-maker Loretta Walz, who has been documenting the life stories of women who survived the concentration camps with her camera for more than 30 years. She lets women like Regina Lawrowitsch from Western and Eastern Europe tell their stories to ensure they won't be forgotten. More than 50 of Walz’s video interviews are in the archives of the Ravensbrück memorial site. She will present a selection of them at Kino Central.
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22–23 JANUARY 2015 ~ DISCUSSION: CONFERENCE ON GERMAN-JEWISH HISTORY

22–23 JANUARY 2015 ~ DISCUSSION: CONFERENCE ON GERMAN-JEWISH HISTORY

This conference will provide teachers and others involved in non-school education with new ideas on integrating German-Jewish themes and structuring project work in and outside the classroom. The conference is being organised by the Jewish Museum Berlin with the support of the LEO BAECK programme at the Foundation EVZ. The concluding event is to be held on 23 January 2015 and will be open to the public.
More on the LEO BAECK programme

FUNDING NEWS

YOUTH EXCHANGE: MEET UP! GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS

YOUTH EXCHANGE: MEET UP! GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS

In the "MEET UP! German-Ukrainian youth encounters" programme, the Foundation EVZ is supporting exchanges between young people from Germany and Ukraine with financial assistance from the German Federal Foreign Office. The deadline for applications in 2014 was mid-October. This year, 19 encounter projects received support. The projects are organised by schools, universities, youth associations as well as history and theatre workshops. The MEET UP! programme aims to intensify German-Ukrainian youth exchanges and encourage young people from these two countries to work for fundamental democratic values, human and minority rights and historical responsibility, and to develop prospects for a common future that transcends all borders.
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CONCLUDING PRESENTATION FROM THE PROJECT "HALLO AND SHALOM – TRACING ASPECTS OF JEWISH LIFE"

CONCLUDING PRESENTATION FROM THE PROJECT "HALLO AND SHALOM – TRACING ASPECTS OF JEWISH LIFE"

The concluding presentation of the "Hallo and Shalom – tracing aspects of Jewish life" project was held in Zgorzelec, Poland, on 27 October. For more than a year, primary school children from Görlitz and neighbouring Zgorzelec carried out research in archives, visited centres of Jewish life in Görlitz-Zgorzelec and uncovered new aspects of the common history of their city. The results were brought together in an exhibition on Jewish words, celebrations and buildings. The highlight of the presentation is a model of the Görlitz synagogue. The project, which was run by the Schkola Oberland-Ebersbach-Neugersdorf primary school and primary school No. 5 in Zgorzelec, was organised by the Förderverein Kulturstadt Görlitz-Zgorzelec e.V. (Friends of the cultural city Görlitz-Zgorzelec) with the support of the Leo Baeck Programme. Förderverein Kulturstadt Görlitz-Zgorzelec e.V.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING EXHIBITION "FORCED LABOUR. THE GERMANS, THE FORCED LABOURERS AND THE WAR” IN PRAGUE

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING EXHIBITION "FORCED LABOUR. THE GERMANS, THE FORCED LABOURERS AND THE WAR” IN PRAGUE

Following the four successful showings in Berlin, Moscow, Dortmund and Warsaw, the international travelling exhibition "Forced labour. The Germans, the forced labourers and the war" was open to the public in Belvedere Palace (part of the Prague Castle complex) from 2 July to 31 October 2014. The joint patrons of the exhibition were German President Joachim Gauck and the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman. The German-Czech Future Fund was cooperation partner and the local organisational partner was the Czech NGO Forum 2000. A total of 34 accompanying events were held during the exhibition: eyewitness talks, discussions with experts, a conference at the Czech foreign ministry, educational offerings for schools and cultural events. The exhibition, which attracted more than 6,000 visitors, is scheduled to open in Hamburg in 2015.
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THE WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE 2014

THE WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE 2014

Anastasija Minitš from Estonia won the international final of this German-language debating competition for young people on 17 October. An audience of almost 200 came to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews to follow the final debate. The subject was: Should extreme parties be banned? The competition is held in eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In her welcoming address at the final, Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, said: "This competition of ideas and arguments, this productive dispute is, for me, at the core of a democratic, opinion-forming and solution-oriented process; it is a fascinating example of what democracy can do to enthuse and convince."
to the competition

COMING TO TERMS WITH HISTORICAL INJUSTICE: EUROPEAN WORKSHOP ON THE VIOLENT HISTORY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.

COMING TO TERMS WITH HISTORICAL INJUSTICE: EUROPEAN WORKSHOP ON THE VIOLENT HISTORY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.

The European workshop on the violent history of Bosnia and Herzegovina was held in Sarajevo from 17 to 23 September with the support of the Foundation EVZ and Renovabis. The workshop was organised by the Kolbe Foundation and the Interreligious Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The objective was to explore ways of dealing with the historically charged present in a spirit of cooperation. Participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina represented the Serbian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic churches, and the Islamic and Jewish communities. The participation of high-ranking representatives from the four religious communities sent a clear signal for reconciliation.
Photo: Monika Kamphake
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CONFERENCE: 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OSCE'S 2004 BERLIN CONFERENCE ON ANTI-SEMITISM

CONFERENCE: 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OSCE'S 2004 BERLIN CONFERENCE ON ANTI-SEMITISM

The conference, organised by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), was held at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on 12 and 13 November. Participants discussed the challenges faced in the fight against anti-Semitism and then drew up a list of recommendations for government action. With Foundation support, 20 representatives of NGOs from Central and Eastern Europe and Israel were able to take part in the conference.
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EXHIBITION “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR” IN IVANO FRANKIVSK

EXHIBITION “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR” IN IVANO FRANKIVSK

On 13 October, the deputy mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, opened the Foundation's exhibition "...Like a breath of fresh air" in the local museum of history and culture. The exhibition tells the story of nine people whose lives were radically changed by the events of the second world war. They are all participants in projects supported by the "Dialogue Forum" funding programme in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. The exhibition was organised by Caritasverband (Catholic welfare association), which is implementing a support project for victims of National Socialism in Ivano Frankivsk. Altogether, the programme has funded around 270 projects that benefit victims of National Socialism in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The exhibition, which was put together by Lesya Khartschenko, will open its doors in Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine in November.
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SIXTH HOSENFELD/SZPILMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE

SIXTH HOSENFELD/SZPILMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE

Leuphana University in Lüneburg is calling for nominations for the sixth Hosenfeld/Szpilman memorial prize. The aim of the competition is to raise public awareness of ethical acts of resistance during the National Socialist era. Former German president, Richard von Weizsäcker, is patron; Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, former Polish foreign minister, also provides support. The Foundation EVZ funds the prize, which is worth EUR 7,500. The prize is awarded in recognition of research work or artistic projects on Wladyslaw Szpilman or other Polish and German musicians persecuted during the war. Also eligible are research projects focusing on ethical acts of resistance within the German population or the German armed forces. Thirdly, studies can be submitted that promote civil courage or ethically driven rescue operations or acts of resistance. The deadline for nominations is 1 December 2014, after which a jury will evaluate the entries. The awards ceremony will take place on 27 January 2015.
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EMERGENCY AID FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN EASTERN UKRAINE

EMERGENCY AID FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN EASTERN UKRAINE

In September, the Foundation received calls for help from its projects in the war zone in eastern Ukraine. The situation was desperate; many victims of National Socialism in the region were no longer receiving their pensions. Turbota pro Litnih v Ukraini“ (TLU) (Age Concern Ukraine) promptly organised two emergency food transports, which volunteers, despite the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine, took to Alchevsk and Horlivka. Staff from projects supported by the Dialogue Forum programme ensured that the food aid reached the hard-hit victims of National Socialism. The TLU coordinates the Dialogue Forum programme in Ukraine and has built up an extensive network of partners throughout the country over the last six years.
more on the aid initiative in Russian

CONFERENCE: "CONTROVERSIAL MEMORIES – DECONSTRUCTING THE STORIES OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN CIVIL SOCIETY"

CONFERENCE: "CONTROVERSIAL MEMORIES – DECONSTRUCTING THE STORIES OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN CIVIL SOCIETY"

The Foundation EVZ and the Karlshorst Museum are supporting a conference on the topic "controversial memories – deconstructing the stories of National Socialism in civil society". The conference is being organised by Agentur für Bildung – Geschichte, Politik und Medien e.V. (Agency for education – history, politics and media). Applications are welcome from academics and practitioners working in the the field of historical-political education. The deadline for digital entries is 22 December 2014.
Call for Papers

NEW PUBLICATIONS

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CONFERENCE ON "ANTISEMITISM IN EUROPE TODAY: THE PHENOMENA, THE CONFLICTS"

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CONFERENCE ON "ANTISEMITISM IN EUROPE TODAY: THE PHENOMENA, THE CONFLICTS"

The conference "Antisemitism in Europe Today: the Phenomena, the Conflicts" was held in Berlin in November 2013. Participants were invited by the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University in Berlin, the Foundation EVZ and the Jewish Museum Berlin to discuss how anti-Semitism manifests itself in Europe today. The contributions to the conference are now available online in English. A German version will be included in the 2014 yearbook on anti-Semitism research published by the Technical University. The yearbook, published by Metopol Verlag, is due to be released at the end of November.
Online Publication

MENSCHEN RECHTE BILDEN – TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS PUBLICATIONS ON LINKING HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND HISTORY TEACHING

MENSCHEN RECHTE BILDEN – TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS PUBLICATIONS ON LINKING HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND HISTORY TEACHING

The Teaching Human Rights programme has published a compendium of materials produced since 2010 on linking human rights education and history learning, taking National Socialist injustice as the underlying theme. It contains publications in German, English, Polish, Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian and Czech. Through this online service, the Foundation EVZ wants to make these educational materials more widely known and easier to find, and to encourage their use.
Publikation zum Download

POLISH SOCIETY NEEDS SENIOR CITIZENS. SELECTED ISSUES REGARDING THE POLICY ON THE ELDERLY AND METHODS OF MOBILISING SENIOR CITIZENS

POLISH SOCIETY NEEDS SENIOR CITIZENS. SELECTED ISSUES REGARDING THE POLICY ON THE ELDERLY AND METHODS OF MOBILISING SENIOR CITIZENS

The volume contains materials from the conference of the same name held in Warsaw on 10 June, organised by the family and social policy committee of the Polish parliament with the support of the German-Polish Reconciliation Foundation and the Foundation EVZ (for more on the conference see Newsletter No. 3). The articles examine one of the most pressing problems of the elderly – participation in community life. It is hoped the publication will encourage public discussion and research into the problems of the elderly in Poland.
reports in Polish

HISTORY AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION – WEB PORTAL

HISTORY AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION – WEB PORTAL

The KARTA Center Foundation in Warsaw has developed an English and Polish internet site for practitioners and academics working in the field of history and human rights education. The website comprises a theoretical and a practical part, workshop scenarios and visual materials for download. The history of Poland and other countries in the 20th century is the central theme in conjunction with human rights issues. The project was supported through the Teaching Human Rights programme.
English version of the portal

AVAILABLE AGAIN: METHODOLOGY MANUAL ON ANTIZIGANISM

AVAILABLE AGAIN: METHODOLOGY MANUAL ON ANTIZIGANISM

The second, revised edition of the methodology manual is now available. Produced with support from the Foundation EVZ, it is the first comprehensive manual on this subject specially developed for educators, social workers, education facilities, memorial sites, universities, colleges and schools. It opens up the door to education work on this theme with 27 tried-and-tested and clearly written exercises. All necessary materials are supplied on the accompanying DVD. In the introduction, the authors explain the educational concept and provide information on antiziganism past and present in Europe, especially in Germany, and on the structure and practices of antiziganist discrimination.
order the methodology manual

CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

Four weeks to go: submissions in the current call for applications in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme must be in by 15 December 2014. For the third time running, the chosen theme is: “Discrimination! Eyes open! Projects on exclusion then and now”. Schools and non-school educational institutions can join together in international partnerships and apply for funding for joint projects. In the projects, young people explore discrimination and persecution under National Socialism or current forms of discrimination with reference to Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ban on discrimination. The projects can adopt a historical or a contemporary approach to the topic.
more information and the new application form

DIALOGUE FORUM

DIALOGUE FORUM

Organisations in Belarus and Ukraine can submit applications to the Dialogue Forum programme until 31 November. The project supports civil society initiatives that work to improve the living conditions of victims of National Socialism in their countries. Funding is provided to projects that enable victims of National Socialism to take part in community life and engage in dialogue with other generations. In Belarus, applications should be sent to the international association Understanding in Minsk, and in Ukraine (in either Russian or Ukrainian) to Turbota pro Litnih v Ukraini“ (Age Concern Ukraine).
read more in Russian

Newsletter abonnieren/ Kontakt

This newsletter brings you the latest information, dates and deadlines from the Foundation EVZ. You can subscribe here. To unsubscribe, simply send an email to presse(at)stiftung-evz.de. The next issue will be published on 16 February 2015.

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