Newsletter 01/2015


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DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM – DONATIONS HELP!

Thanks to generous donations to the Foundation EVZ, a two-year project for support of the victims of National Socialism among Roma can start in Volzhsky in Belarus. The project is being implemented by the NGO "Kongress romskich zhenschin" (Congress of Roma Women). The purpose of the project is to improve the medical and social care of 40 Roma survivors of National Socialist terror who live under extremely difficult conditions. Because of their ethnic membership and their social situation, Roma (not only in Russia) are a minority who are not desired by part of the majority population. The situation is particularly difficult for National Socialist victims among the Roma. Our thanks therefore go to all donors!
With the campaign “I’m still alive!”, the Foundation EVZ is continuing to canvass for further donations to benefit victims of National Socialism in Eastern Europe and Israel.
more about the donations campaign of the Foundation EVZ

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH/APRIL 2015 ~ THEATRE: ANNE’S LAST JOURNEY. A STAGE DRAMA ON THE TOPIC OF "EUTHANASIA" UNDER NATIONALSOCIALISM

MARCH/APRIL 2015 ~ THEATRE: ANNE’S LAST JOURNEY. A STAGE DRAMA ON THE TOPIC OF "EUTHANASIA" UNDER NATIONALSOCIALISM

A young woman is referred to a psychiatric clinic at the time of the National Socialist regime. The starting point for the stage drama is the documented case of Anna Lehnkering, called Änne, who was a patient in the Bedburg-Hau psychiatric hospital from 1936 to 1940 and who became a victim of "euthanasia" in Grafeneck on 7 March 1940. Showing great respect, two actors in the different roles of mother, teacher, brother and sister, neighbours, doctors and Änne herself relate her harrowing life story using documentary material and projections, right up to the time she was taken away to the extermination centre. The Foundation EVZ is funding presentations of the drama in Germany.
Dates:
7 & 9 March 2015 Bedburg-Hau
15 March 2015 Mönchengladbach
22 April 2015 Nordhorn
more information about the individual performances

FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL ~ EXHIBITION "…LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR"

FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL ~ EXHIBITION "…LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR"

The exhibition “…Like a breath of fresh air" will be on show at four stations in Ukraine from February to April:
9 - 23 February, Chmielnicki, organised by Turbota pro Litnih v Ukraini
2 - 16 March, Sokal, Regional Association of Invalids
23 March - 6 April, Caritas in Drohobych
13 - 27 April City of Lubny, association “Your world” (Tvij Svit)
The exhibition portrays nine individuals from a generation whose lives were shaped by the National Socialist occupation regime. The journalist Lesya Kharchenko photographed and interviewed them. They are participants in projects of the funding programme “Dialogue Forum”, in which over 230 projects benefitting victims of National Socialism in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine have been funded so far.


17 MARCH 2015, 19 H, ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: "LIVING MEMORIES: MS SKACELOVÁ AND BENJAMIN"

17 MARCH 2015, 19 H, ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: "LIVING MEMORIES: MS SKACELOVÁ AND BENJAMIN"

The Foundation EVZ has invited a survivor of National Socialist persecution from the Czech Republic and a young volunteer to Berlin for a discussion. Many young people take time after finishing school for orientation, are engaged in social projects and gather experience in foreign countries. One special form of voluntary engagement abroad is offered by a project implemented by the registered association Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (Action Reconciliation \ Services for Peace). Every year the association dispatches volunteers to projects benefitting victims of National Socialism.
more about the association Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste

26 MARCH 2015, 19 H ~ EYEWITNESS DISCUSSION: THE SITUATION OF FORCED LABOURERS AT THE END OF THE WAR

26 MARCH 2015, 19 H ~ EYEWITNESS DISCUSSION: THE SITUATION OF FORCED LABOURERS AT THE END OF THE WAR

Forced labour ended for many deportees already before the unconditional capitulation of the Wehrmacht on 8 May 1945 marking the end of the war. There began a time of uncertainty for the millions of displaced persons in a legal vacuum. At the same time the question of return to their homeland or emigration to another country arose. Former forced labourers from Central and Eastern Europe were frequently forcibly repatriated. Eyewitnesses and experts discuss the dynamics and dimension of this (post-)war history.
Venue: Documentation Centre of NS forced labour in Berlin-Schöneweide.
to the Documentation Centre

27 - 29 MARCH 2015 ~ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: WAR LANDSCAPES – VIOLENCE, DESTRUCTION AND REMEMBRANCE

27 - 29 MARCH 2015 ~ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: WAR LANDSCAPES – VIOLENCE, DESTRUCTION AND REMEMBRANCE

The conference explores the traces that wars leave in urban and rural areas – through armed violence, destruction and forced labour, in military structures, fortifications, barracks and cemeteries, but also through organised forms of remembrance culture. The central question addresses cultural strategies in dealing with these relics. A separate panel is planned for forced labour under National Socialism, and this subject will also be dealt with in a cross-context manner in other panels.
Venue: Bestattungsforum at the Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg
Conference programme

APRIL/MAY 2015 ~ COMPETITION: "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE“

APRIL/MAY 2015 ~ COMPETITION: "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE“

“International Youth Debate” is a debating competition for young people from eight Central and East European countries. The competition aims to encourage exploration of human rights and their historical backgrounds and to strengthen debating as a medium of political culture and democratic dispute. In order to promote knowledge of the German language in the participating countries and bilateral cultural relations at the same time, the project is conducted in German. Starting in April 2015, the country winners will be determined in the eight participating countries:
22.4. Riga
23.4. Tallinn
24.4. Vilnius
29.4. St. Petersburg
14.5. Prague
19.5. Kiev
22.5. Budapest
5.6. Warsaw
further information

16 APRIL 2015, 19 H ~ EYEWITNESS DISCUSSION: "I’M STILL ALIVE!"

16 APRIL 2015, 19 H ~ EYEWITNESS DISCUSSION: "I’M STILL ALIVE!"

Elderly victims of National Socialism are portrayed in the Foundation’s campaign “I’m still alive!” The goals of the campaign are to increase attention for victims of National Socialism in Eastern Europe and to support fund raising. Six survivors show their faces and tell their story. Three eyewitnesses of the campaign talk about their memories of the National Socialist regime and what role these events still play for them today in a panel discussion. Staff of the Foundation EVZ and project leaders present the Foundation’s commitment for victims of National Socialism in Eastern Europe.
Venue: Foundation EVZ, Lindenstrasse 20-25, 10969 Berlin more about the campaign

8/9 MAY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE SERIES "SCENES AND MEMORIES OF THE SHOAH" – SAVED, BUT NOT LIBERATED?

8/9 MAY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE SERIES "SCENES AND MEMORIES OF THE SHOAH" – SAVED, BUT NOT LIBERATED?

70 years after 1945, the third conference of the supra-regional research group at the Sigmund-Freud Institute (SFI) in Frankfurt/Main explores the psychosocial late consequences of the Shoah. The focus is on different ways of experiencing and different patterns of coming to terms with the National Socialist regime displayed by perpetrators and collaborators on the one hand and survivors on the other. The speakers relate literary, historical, psychoanalytical, sociological, socio-psychological, as well as educational and cultural-science perspectives. Venue: Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences am Nibelungenplatz 1 in Frankfurt/Main.
Registration and information will soon be available on the SFI website:
SFI Frankfurt

FUNDING NEWS

LEO BAECK PROGRAMME: NEW SMARTPHONE-APP DEVELOPED – "PLACES OF JEWISH LIFE, BERLIN 1933–1945, PERSECUTION AND SELF-ASSERTION"

LEO BAECK PROGRAMME: NEW SMARTPHONE-APP DEVELOPED – "PLACES OF JEWISH LIFE, BERLIN 1933–1945, PERSECUTION AND SELF-ASSERTION"

The Smartphone-App was devised by technicians at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin together with historians. It addresses tourists and persons interested in the history. In the LEO BAECK Programme a teacher training session on the materials was funded, examining the use of modern media in classrooms.
The App for Android can be downloaded free of charge at Google Play. A version for iOS is available free of charge at iTunes.
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MEET UP!: SUCCESSFUL FUNDING IN 2014

MEET UP!: SUCCESSFUL FUNDING IN 2014

20 projects with more than 520 young people from Germany and Ukraine were funded in 2014 in the special programme "MEET UP! German-Ukrainian youth encounters”. With financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office, education projects, theatre productions, radio workshops and town rallies were realised. They were supported by civil society initiatives, education institutions or city partnerships. The many applications received within just two months and the large number of new project partnerships too show the need felt by young people in both countries to enter into exchanges across borders about the basic questions of peace and democracy.
more information

MEET UP!: GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTER AT THE DOCUMENTATION CENTRE MUNITIONS FACTORY LIEBENAU, REGISTERED ASSOCIATION

MEET UP!: GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTER AT THE DOCUMENTATION CENTRE MUNITIONS FACTORY LIEBENAU, REGISTERED ASSOCIATION

Anastasia Gulei survived the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps as a young girl. She talks about what she suffered and what fears she had to endure. She would like to raise awareness of this topic above all among young people. Together with the registered association Dokumentationsstelle Pulverfabrik Liebenau e.V. (Documentation Centre Munitions Factory Liebenau), she organised a German-Ukrainian youth encounter in 2014 that was enabled by the "MEET UP!" funding programme of the Foundation EVZ. 15 young people from Germany and 15 young people from Ukraine met in Liebenau for a week and worked together on a project about the history of World War II, on the subject of human rights and the current situation in Ukraine.
more about the programme...

FESTIVAL OF NON-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN MINSK

FESTIVAL OF NON-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN MINSK

On 5 and 6 December 2014 the V Festival of Non-school Education was held in Minsk, Belarus. The jury selected five winners from among the 47 participants in the “Event of the year” competition held at the festival – and these included two projects from the EVZ DIALOGUE FORUM funding programme. They were the projects “University of the Third Age – new chances of participating in society” operated by the Belarus Association of Social Workers in Minsk, and the project “University of the Golden Age” operated by the Information Centre for initiatives of the “Third Sector” in Grodno. The second project additionally received the audience prize that was awarded by online voting.
The Foundation’s exhibition "…Like a breath of fresh air" was on display at the Festival. It presents faces and projects of the DIALOGIE FORUM funding programme.
more about the festival in Russian

HOSENFELD/SZPILMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR WITOLD KULESZA

HOSENFELD/SZPILMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR WITOLD KULESZA

With the award of the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Memorial Prize to the Polish professor of criminal law Witold Kulesza, the Leuphana University commemorated the rescue of the Polish-Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman by the German Wehrmacht officer Wilm Hosenfeld. Witold Kulesza, one of the initiators of Solidarność in Poland in 1981, conducted research into the history of Władysław Szpilman and Wilm Hosenfeld and publicised his findings in Poland.
In his laudation, the historian Dieter Schenk described Kulesza’s decades of commitment to confronting the crimes of totalitarian systems. This year, for the first time, theHosenfeld/Szpilman Memorial Prize was awarded for a lifetime achievement. The prize, which is worth EUR 7,500, is supported by the Foundation EVZ.
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SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY – VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN UKRAINE NEED SUPPORT AND ATTENTION.

SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY – VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN UKRAINE NEED SUPPORT AND ATTENTION.

On 16 December 2014 the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) presented the results of a study on attitudes to victims of National Socialism and expectations made of policies for the elderly and society.
“78% of those interviewed believe that recognition and preservation of the life experiences of victims of National Socialism are very important”, says Professor Volodymir Paniotto, who headed the study, at the press conference in Kiev. “Around two thirds of the people who suffered under National Socialist persecution need help. 20% of them do not even have enough money to buy the food they need.” Paniotto is head of the study conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on behalf of the Foundation EVZ and the Ukrainian NGO “Age Concern Ukraine” (TLU). The sociologists conducted a survey of over 2,600 people, including 900 belonging to the generation 70plus.
More in Ukrainian...

NEW PUBLICATIONS

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE: eine Sonderausgabe des Magazins „Lernen aus der Geschichte“

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE: eine Sonderausgabe des Magazins „Lernen aus der Geschichte“

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE – A SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE “LEARNING FROM HISTORY”
At the initiative of the funding programme EUROPEANS FOR PEACE, a special issue of the magazine "Learning from History " (LaG) entitled " Discrimination in the past and present - an international youth work topic " has appeared. Published by the Agentur für Bildung (Agency for Education – History, Policy and Media), it has been financed by the Foundation EVZ and contains expert articles on contemporary and historical discrimination in the context of international youth exchange. A practical section presents model youth projects and provides various recommendations for youth encounters on the topic of discrimination. The special issue of the LaG magazine, which appears in German and English, addresses in particular the interested professional public.
The publication can be downloaded free of charge

YEARBOOK FOR RESEARCH ON ANTISEMITISM, VOLUME 23

YEARBOOK FOR RESEARCH ON ANTISEMITISM, VOLUME 23

Volume 23 of the Yearbook for Research on Antisemitism, edited by Stefanie Schüler-Springorum for the Centre for Research on Antisemitism of the Technical University in Berlin (ZfA), was published in December 2014 by Metropol Verlag with funding from the Foundation EVZ. The published texts come from the conference organised jointly by the Jewish Museum Berlin, ZfA and the Foundation EVZ entitled "Antisemitism in Europe Today: the Phenomena, the Conflicts". They concentrate on anti-Semitism in present-day Europe, the role of emotions in modern anti-Semitism, and contemporary and historical anti-Semitic phenomena.
to the publisher Metropolverlag...

PLACES AND ACTORS IN THE SYSTEM OF THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST FORCED CAMPS

PLACES AND ACTORS IN THE SYSTEM OF THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST FORCED CAMPS

The anthology "Places and actors in the system of the National Socialist forced camps: results of the 18th Workshop on history and memory of NS concentration camps" (edited by Michael Becker, Dennis Bock aund Henrike Illig) comes from the workshop funded by the Foundation EVZ in Bremen in autumn 2012. An annual international conference organised independently by advanced students and doctoral candidates has been held since 1994. The publication was presented at a public event in the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin on 19 January 2015.
to the publisher Metropolverlag...

Antisemitism in Europe Today: the Phenomena, the Conflicts

Antisemitism in Europe Today: the Phenomena, the Conflicts

The English-language publication is devoted to contemporary phenomena of anti-Semitism in Europe. It compares them and includes specific results of examinations in eleven European countries. The essays are based on lectures conducted at the eponymous conference conducted by the Centre for Research on Antisemitism of the Technical University in Berlin, the Foundation EVZ and the Jewish Museum Berlin. They can be downloaded as a PDF file. The conference and the publication were funded by the Foundation EVZ.
to the online publication...

CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

FUNDING PROGRAMME DIALOGUE FORUM

FUNDING PROGRAMME DIALOGUE FORUM

The new call for applications in the EVZ funding programme DIALOG FORUM will start in mid-February 2015 and be implemented by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Russia). The programme aims to improve the life situation of victims of National Socialism living in Russia today. Organisations that operate projects for the benefit of victims of National Socialism can receive funding. This year too, organisations from all over the Russian Federation can apply. The call for applications and the application forms will be available online as of mid-February on the on the funding programme’s international website, which also provides information about the programme in Ukraine and Belarus.
more information in Russian

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