Newsletter 02/2016

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28 JUNE 2016, 19:00 ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: “QUEER REFUGEES - WELCOME!?” ON THE SITUATION OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER REFUGEES

Sexual violence, racial exclusion, risk of deportation – beyond the “welcome culture”, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees living in Germany often experience violations of their human rights. Numerous initiatives, organisations and government actors endeavour to ensure safe arrival. Are LGBT-specific shelters a solution? What exactly does multiple discrimination mean in the lives of refugees? What challenges do we face in making refugees from the global South or East actually feel welcome? The panel discussion will feature individuals with experience as refugees and as practitioners working with LGBT refugees. The event will take place in English with simultaneous translation into German.
Location: Foundation EVZ, Berlin
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UPCOMING EVENTS

UNTIL 19 JUNE / BEGINNING 25 JUNE ~ EXHIBITION: “RED ARMY PRISONERS OF WAR IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS – FEMALE SOVIET MILITARY MEDICS IN RAVENSBRÜCK”

UNTIL 19 JUNE / BEGINNING 25 JUNE ~ EXHIBITION: “RED ARMY PRISONERS OF WAR IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS – FEMALE SOVIET MILITARY MEDICS IN RAVENSBRÜCK”

In the history of World War II, there are a few “blind spots”. The role of the approximately one million soldiers who fought against the Wehrmacht as members of the Red Army, for instance, has received little attention by researchers thus far. Unexplored is also the fate of those female Red Army members who fell into German captivity. This exhibition is dedicated to these female prisoners of war. Previously available sources have not provided a complete picture. Nevertheless, there are insights into captivity as well as forced labour and imprisonment in concentration camps, to which the female Red Army members were transferred in violation of international law. The female Soviet military medics at Ravensbrück concentration camp form a group about which relatively more is known and who had a greater chance of survival due to their professional qualifications. They are the focus of the exhibition, which was supported through the program “Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims”.
Until 19 June 2016 at the German-Russian Museum Berlin- Karlshorst (Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Monday closed.)
Beginning 25 June 2016 at the Ravensbrück Memorial Site, Fürstenberg/Havel (Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00-18:00. Monday closed.)
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20 APRIL – 2O JUNE 2016 ~ EXHIBITION: “PATHS OF DISCRIMINATION”

20 APRIL – 2O JUNE 2016 ~ EXHIBITION: “PATHS OF DISCRIMINATION”

On 20 April 2016, the exhibition “Paths of Discrimination: The History of Sinti and Roma in the Czech Republic” – created by a group of Czech and German students – opened in the foyer of the Foundation EVZ. During the 2014-2015 school year, the young participants worked together to research the history of discrimination against Sinti and Roma in their respective countries. The focus of their project work was not only on the history of discrimination, but also getting to know each other and engaging in intensive exchanges with representatives of the minority, as well as searching for new ways out of the situation. The project was funded in the program EUROPEANS FOR PEACE of the Foundation EVZ. The exhibition is on display until 20 June 2016, Monday through Thursday from 10:00 to 16:00 in the foyer of the Foundation EVZ. more

5 MAY 2016 ~ INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION: “LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR…”

5 MAY 2016 ~ INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION: “LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR…”

On May 5th, the exhibition “Like A Breath of Fresh Air…” opened in the art musuem “Mikolaj Jaroschenka” in the Ukrainian city of Poltava. Using nine portraits from Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine, the photographs show different stories of life and the survival of victims of National Socialism. Accompanying the exhibition, the National Pedagogical University “W. G. Korolenko” is organising a public discussion with psychiatrist and human rights activist Semyon Gluzman on May 6th. The discussion will cover the social situation of Nazi victims and their place in Ukrainian society. The travelling exhibition was created as part of the programme “Meeting Point: Dialogue” and will be displayed in the Poltava by the Municipal Association of Political Prisoners of Fascist Concentration Camps, which is engaged in the funding programme “Meeting Point: Dialogue” with its own project. The travelling exhibition will be displayed in all three countries on a regular basis.
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11 MAY 2016, 19:00 ~ EXHIBITION OPENING: “NAZI FORCED LABOUR” IN STEYR, AUSTRIA

11 MAY 2016, 19:00 ~ EXHIBITION OPENING: “NAZI FORCED LABOUR” IN STEYR, AUSTRIA

More than 20 million people from almost all countries in Europe were victims of “forced labour” in Nazi Germany or in German-occupied territory during World War II. Men, women and children were employed everywhere – in armament factors like those of Steyr-Daimler-Puch as well as on building sites, in agriculture, in manual trades or in private households. All Germans came into contact with forced labourers – whether as Wehrmacht soldiers in occupying forces or farmers in Lower Austria. Forced labour was no secret; it was a crime largely open to public view. The exhibition “Nazi Forced Labour” – on display in Austria for the first time – shows the full history of this crime and its consequences after 1945. Over 60 representative case histories – the result of research carried out worldwide – form the core of the exhibition. Historical exhibits, photographs and eyewitness interviews illuminate the racially-defined relationship between the population and the forced labourers – with all the scope for action that was available. The international travelling exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Labour in Steyr, Austria until 18 December 2016. The exhibition of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation was initiated and supported by the Foundation EVZ. The display in Steyr is additionally supported by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria. The exhibition is sponsored by the Federal President of Austria, Dr Heinz Fischer, and organised under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck. more

20 MAY - 17 JUNE 2016 ~ COUNTRY FINALS: INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE 2016

20 MAY - 17 JUNE 2016 ~ COUNTRY FINALS: INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE 2016

“International Youth Debate” is a debating competition for young people from ten Central and East European countries. The competition aims to encourage the exploration of human rights and their historical backgrounds, and to strengthen debating as a medium of political culture and democratic dispute. In order to at the same time promote knowledge of the German language in the participating countries and in bilateral cultural relations, the project is conducted in German. Since April 2016, the country winners are being determined in the ten participating countries. The country finals will be coordinated by the Goethe-Institut Prague, and will take place at the Goethe-Instituts in the respective countries. Country finals (subject to change): 20.5. Russia, St. Petersburg; 20.5. Ukraine, Kiev; 25.5. Hungary, Budapest; 10.6. Poland, Warsaw; 16.6. Czech Republic, Prague; 17.6. Slovakia, Bratislava
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30 MAY - 1 JUNE 2016 ~ SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP: LIFE IN THE AFTERMATH – DISPLACED PERSONS, DISPLACED CHILDREN AND CHILD SURVIVORS ON THE MOVE. NEW APPROACHES IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

30 MAY - 1 JUNE 2016 ~ SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP: LIFE IN THE AFTERMATH – DISPLACED PERSONS, DISPLACED CHILDREN AND CHILD SURVIVORS ON THE MOVE. NEW APPROACHES IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Together with the International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, the Max Mannheimer Study Center at the International Youth Guest House Dachu is organising an international workshop for scientific and educational professionals who deal with the fate of displaced persons and surviving children, as well as the impact on future generations. At the event, research approaches as well as scientific and pedagogical projects will be presented and discussed. The workshop is funded through a conference grant in the programme “Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims”.
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9 - 10 JUNE 2016 ~ 7TH PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE: “COMMUNICATION: LATENCIES – PROJECTIONS – AREAS OF ACTIVITY”

9 - 10 JUNE 2016 ~ 7TH PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE: “COMMUNICATION: LATENCIES – PROJECTIONS – AREAS OF ACTIVITY”

The 7th “Perspectives” Conference, taking place from June 9-10 in Kassel, will examine the question of how anti-Semitism is communicated today, and in so doing will also address the potential for using “old” and “new” media in educational work critical of anti-Semitism. We invite researchers, educators, community workers, mediators and counsellors as well as trainers to attend.
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29 JUNE 2016, 19:00 ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: “WEHRMACHT BROTHELS: HARDLY ANYONE HAS ASKED ABOUT THE WOMEN”

29 JUNE 2016, 19:00 ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: “WEHRMACHT BROTHELS: HARDLY ANYONE HAS ASKED ABOUT THE WOMEN”

75 years ago, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. The war of annihilation cost the lives of 27 million Soviet citizens. Among the victims of the war were also millions of injured or homeless people as well as returnees from forced labour and captivity as prisoners of war. What has barely penetrated the public consciousness is sexual violence by German soldiers against women and girls, particularly their enslavement in Wehrmacht brothels. While sexual violence against women in the “comfort stations” of the Japanese army has been discussed in East Asia since 1991, the topic is still largely suppressed in Germany. It is therefore the focus of this event. more

13 - 15 JULY 2016 ~ THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: CHILDREN AND WAR: PAST AND PRESENT

13 - 15 JULY 2016 ~ THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: CHILDREN AND WAR: PAST AND PRESENT

The conference in Salzburg, organised by the University of Wolverhampton (UK), together with the University of Salzburg, is directed at researchers and practitioners from museums, memorial sites and NGOs, as well as journalists. 150 lectures will address different aspects of the fate of children in war, with a historical focus on World War II. The conference will be conducted in cooperation with the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. The conference is supported through the funding programme “Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims”.
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FUNDING NEWS

INTERNET PORTAL “FORCED LABOUR 1939-1945”: NEW PEDAGOGICAL MATERIALS

INTERNET PORTAL “FORCED LABOUR 1939-1945”: NEW PEDAGOGICAL MATERIALS

New pedagogical materials have been developed on the basis of the interviews archived in the internet portal “Forced Labour 1939-1945: Memories and History”. In consideration of different victim groups and languages, the online-based learning environment “Learning with Interviews: Forced Labour 1939-1945” prepares the interviews for school and extracurricular learning in Germany with 25-minute biographical interview short films. It thereby replaces the 2010 DVD and teacher’s manual. The public release and the presentation will take place at an event in June 2016. On the basis of the interview collection, comparable pedagogical materials were also produced for the Czech Republic – as an online learning platform – and funded by the Foundation EVZ. The learning platform was presented on 4 May 2016 in Prague.
Click here to access the Czech learning platform

EDUCATION PROJECTS FOR SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

EDUCATION PROJECTS FOR SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

For the first time, the Foundation EVZ called for applications from projects that seek to improve the educational situation of Sinti and Roma in Germany. An independent jury assessed nearly 50 submitted projects and recommended 8 for funding, which have now been invited to submit a complete application. The projects take up recommendations from the publication “Gemeinsam für eine bessere Bildung” (Together for Better Education).
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OPPOSE OTHERING! – FILM FESTIVAL GOEAST

OPPOSE OTHERING! – FILM FESTIVAL GOEAST

Five prizes of 3,000 Euro each were awarded in the new successor project OPPOSE OTHERING!. The project OPPOSE OTHERING! connects filmmakers engaged in human rights through travel, training and networking opportunities. The five selected bilateral two-person teams will now get the chance to produce their short films or clips. The finished films will be shown at the goEast festival of Central and Eastern European films in 2017.
Photo: goEast Film festival
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DOCUMENTARY FILM: “THAT TODAY IS STILL LIKE THAT” – CONTINUITIES OF EXCLUSION

DOCUMENTARY FILM: “THAT TODAY IS STILL LIKE THAT” – CONTINUITIES OF EXCLUSION

The film tells the story of the persecution and stigmatization of so-called “antisocials” under National Socialism. Maria Potrzeba, then 14 years old, was accused of having a sexual relationship with the Polish forced labourer Florian Spionska. After an interrogation by the Gestapo, she was transferred to the youth concentration camp Uckermark. The forced labourers Florian Spionska and Josef Goryl were hanged in public. Maria continues to suffer from the persecution to this day. Her nieces and nephews speak in interview sequences and report on the inter-generational impact of past persecution. The film was funded through the programme “Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims”.
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NEWSLETTER OF THE FUNDING PROGRAMME “MEETING POINT: DIALOGUE”

NEWSLETTER OF THE FUNDING PROGRAMME “MEETING POINT: DIALOGUE”

Since the beginning of this year, the funding programme “Meeting Point: Dialogue” has its own newsletter in Russian. Four times a year there is news on special events or interesting developments in the programme and individual projects in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine. The current edition was published on 15 April.
You can subscribe to the newsletter on the programme website here

FORUM: “MOVING PEOPLE: CULTURE AND FOREIGN POLICY LIVE”

FORUM: “MOVING PEOPLE: CULTURE AND FOREIGN POLICY LIVE”

On 15 April, the forum “Moving People” of the German Federal Foreign Office and its partners offered insights into current issues of civil society and foreign cultural work. The Foundation EVZ presented the Berlin event as part of the funding programmes EUROPEANS FOR PEACE and Meet Up! At the conclusion of the programme, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the speech “Only enlightenment helps against ideology”.
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THERESIENSTADT GHETTO 1941-1945 – MATERIALS, TESTIMONIES AND TRACES

THERESIENSTADT GHETTO 1941-1945 – MATERIALS, TESTIMONIES AND TRACES

On the site of the former Theresienstadt ghetto, many traces have been preserved to this day that tell the history of National Socialist persecution and extermination of European Jewry. Murals, graffiti and etchings – e.g. in attics or remnants of buildings – provide us with the messages of people who were imprisoned there, as well as clues into their life in the ghetto. A German-Czech team of authors, conservationists and other experts has documented their testimonies, and now presents them in the form of an interactive website.
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LGBTI REFUGEES – NETWORKING INITIATIVES AND ACTORS

LGBTI REFUGEES – NETWORKING INITIATIVES AND ACTORS

Legal counselling, safe housing, appropriate communication, avoidance of discrimination in refugee and asylum processing – initiatives and organisations working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex refugees regularly find individual solutions for complex problems. With this nationwide networking initiative in 2016, the Migration Council Berlin-Brandenburg and Gladt aim to elevate and publicise actors in the field. At a nationwide networking meeting planned for September in Berlin, migrant organisations, LGBTI associations and other civil society initiatives will present their knowledge, discuss and, if necessary, take joint steps for the further development of solutions.
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PRESENTATION OF THE VIDEO DOCUMENTATION “IN THE SAND OF BRANDENBURG” ON 23 APRIL 2016

PRESENTATION OF THE VIDEO DOCUMENTATION “IN THE SAND OF BRANDENBURG” ON 23 APRIL 2016

Am 23. April 1945 werden in einer Sandgrube bei Treuenbrietzen (Brandenburg) 127 italienische Militärinternierte von Angehörigen der deutschen Wehrmacht erschossen. Das Massaker wird vergessen. Doch dann kehrt die Geschichte zurück. Als die Bewohner der Stadt beginnen, sich der Vergangenheit zu stellen, kommen verdrängte Erinnerungen hoch an die Gewaltexzesse der letzten Kriegstage, die im historischen Gedächtnis der Stadt lange verborgen geblieben waren. Am Jahrestag des Massakers stellte die Videowerkstatt Out of Focus die Webdokumentation über das Geschehen im Berliner Kino Arsenal am Potsdamer Platz der Öffentlichkeit vor.
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NEW PUBLICATIONS

“NACHKOMMEN VON VERFOLGTEN DES NATIONALSOZIALISMUS. HERAUSFORDERUNGEN UND PERSPEKTIVEN” (DESCENDANTS OF VICTIMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES)

“NACHKOMMEN VON VERFOLGTEN DES NATIONALSOZIALISMUS. HERAUSFORDERUNGEN UND PERSPEKTIVEN” (DESCENDANTS OF VICTIMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES)

For most victims, the experience of Nazi persecution is a life-changing event. Even their children do not remain unaffected. Many children of victims of Nazi persecution have contributed significantly to the political and social reappraisal of history, and therefore also to the welfare of their parents. For the first time, a newly published book focuses on the descendants of victims of Nazi persecution from the perspective of different victim groups. The anthology includes both substantive discussions on these topics as well as documentation of the results of the conference “Second Generation”. The book is available in stores or directly from the publisher Mabuse-Verlag.
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“NS-TÄTER UND NS-OPFER TREFFEN IM ALTENHEIM AUFEINANDER – WAS TUN?” (NAZI PERPETRATORS AND VICTIMS MEET IN NURSING HOMES – WHAT TO DO?)

“NS-TÄTER UND NS-OPFER TREFFEN IM ALTENHEIM AUFEINANDER – WAS TUN?” (NAZI PERPETRATORS AND VICTIMS MEET IN NURSING HOMES – WHAT TO DO?)

Today, German nursing homes mostly care for people who have survived the Second World War and the Nazi regime. Former victims of Nazi persecution meet former Nazi followers or perpetrators. In the process, former Nazi victims are often re-traumatized by the aggressive behaviour of the former perpetrators and followers. The staff members of nursing homes are often overwhelmed with such situations, leaving the victims to themselves. In April, the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), in cooperation with the Federal Association for Information and Advice for Persecutees of National Socialism, published a handbook that gives practical advice on preventing violence and protecting victims of Nazi persecution. A symposium on the topic is planned for 28 September.
Click here for further information on the conference programme and to order a brochure

CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINTI AND ROMA LIVING IN GERMANY

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINTI AND ROMA LIVING IN GERMANY

The Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation awards scholarships to Sinti and Roma who wish to pursue a first or second degree in a field of pedagogical training or pedagogical qualification. In a pilot phase, grants are being awarded in Berlin and Brandenburg.
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THEATRE PROJECTS WITH TESTIMONIES OF NAZI VICTIMS

THEATRE PROJECTS WITH TESTIMONIES OF NAZI VICTIMS

The Foundation EVZ supports forms of artistic expression using testimonies. Theatre and dance professionals may apply for funding from the Foundation EVZ to develop such projects by means of performance. More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, only a few survivors of Nazism are still able to personally pass on their memories. However, their testimonies – diaries and letters, autobiographies, audio-visual interviews, poems, compositions, drawings and photos – give us access to their individual perspectives on National Socialism and its crimes. The application deadline is 1 July 2016.
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FUNDING PROGRAMME “FORCED LABOUR AND FORGOTTEN VICTIMS”

FUNDING PROGRAMME “FORCED LABOUR AND FORGOTTEN VICTIMS”

Thus far, Nazi forced labour in Europe has been dealt with very differently across Europe. There are a number of groups of Nazi victims that have yet to find a proper place in the cultures of remembrance in Germany and in Nazi-occupied countries and their successor states. With this call for applications, the Foundation EVZ is for the fourth time supporting projects that pursue a multi-perspective approach and thereby contribute to a European understanding of history. The application deadline for projects in the coming year is 15 October 2016.
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