Newsletter 03/2016

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"LATCHO DIVES" A FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR SURVIVORS OF THE ROMA GENOCIDE

Roma in Eastern Europe, especially the survivors of Nazi persecution, live in poverty and are socially excluded. For many years, the Foundation EVZ has been funding humanitarian aid projects for Roma born before 1945. With the programme “Latcho Dives!” the Foundation aims to strengthen its commitment to this group. The first call for applications is directed at NGOs from Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
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Upcoming Events

27 AUGUST 2016, 18:30 ~ "SHAPING IDENTITIES" A THEATRE PROJECT

27 AUGUST 2016, 18:30 ~ "SHAPING IDENTITIES" A THEATRE PROJECT

On 27 August 2016, the first public rehearsal and performance of the German-Israeli theatre project "Shaping Identities" will take place at the Theater Expedition Metropolis in Berlin. Using historical and contemporary cases, they will develop concrete strategies for combating discrimination in the future. The project enables young people from Germany and Israel to deal with the different facets of their identity. It is funded through the programme EUROPEANS FOR PEACE.
Location: Theater Expedition Metropolis, Ohlauer Str. 41, 10999 Berlin
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6 September 2016 ~ Panel Discussion: Survivors of the Leningrad Blockage Remember!

6 September 2016 ~ Panel Discussion: Survivors of the Leningrad Blockage Remember!

On 8 September 1941, the German Wehrmacht encircled Leningard – by 27 January 1944, around one million people had died of starvation and its consequences. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the onset of the Leningrad Blockade, the Foundation and its cooperation partner Club Dialog e. V. invite eyewitnesses to share their memories. Despite their old age, many survivors of the Leningrad Blockage migrated to Berlin in the 1990s. Club Dialog e. V. enables them to meet, talk and engage in common leisure activities as well as exchanges with young people.
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8 - 9 SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ TRAVELING EXHIBITION: "A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FROM THE CONCENTRATION CAMP, A HISTORY OF COURAGE AGAINST DISCRIMATION AND PERSECUTION, AND US."

8 - 9 SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ TRAVELING EXHIBITION: "A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FROM THE CONCENTRATION CAMP, A HISTORY OF COURAGE AGAINST DISCRIMATION AND PERSECUTION, AND US."

This year in Gorzów Wielkopolski, the German-Polish conference of regional libraries will address, among other things, the topic of libraries as a place of extracurricular education. The EUROPEANS FOR PEACE project carried out by the libraries Koszalin and Neubrandenburg will be presented at the conference as a best practice example. In 2015 and 2016, Polish and German young people grappled with the secret messages sent by prisoners in the Ravensbrück concentration camp that were discovered in Neubrandenburg. The extraordinary collection of letters, poems and small works of art raised questions for the young people regarding the role that poetry and art can play in resistance to discrimination and degradation. The result was a German-Polish traveling exhibition.
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14 SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ SYMPOSIUM: VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND VICTIM PROTECTION – PERPETRATOR-VICTIM CONSTELLATIONS IN ELDERLY CARE

14 SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ SYMPOSIUM: VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND VICTIM PROTECTION – PERPETRATOR-VICTIM CONSTELLATIONS IN ELDERLY CARE

The people who are cared for in German elderly care facilities today mostly belong to the generation that survived the Second World War and the Nazi regime. Former victims of Nazi persecution meet former supporters or even Nazi perpetrators. Frequently, former victims of Nazi persecution are re-traumatized by the aggressive behaviour of former perpetrators. The staff of elderly care facilities are often overwhelmed by these situations, leaving the victims to themselves. In a year-long project, the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) and the German Association for Information and Advice for Victims of Nazi Persecution examined these Perpetrator-Victim constellations in elderly care facilities. As a result, they developed guidance and practical assistance for elderly care staff on violence prevention and victim protection. The results of the project will now be presented at a one-day symposium in Gelsenkirchen as part of a larger conference on the topic of "Age and Trauma".
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19 - 24 September 2016 ~ Debate Competition: International Finals Week of "International Youth Debate"

19 - 24 September 2016 ~ Debate Competition: International Finals Week of "International Youth Debate"

"International Youth Debate" is a debating competition for young people from ten Central and East European countries. The competition encourages critical interest in human rights and their historical development, and strengthens debate as a medium of political culture and democratic participation. The competition is held in German, promoting knowledge of German in the participating countries in Europe and thus furthering bilateral cultural relations. A total of over 2,000 students from over 140 schools will take part. The highlight of the year is when the best teams from each country compete in the international final of "International Youth Debate." The international final is organized by the Goethe-Institut Prague.
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29 September 2016 ~ Book Presentation and Symposium: Education for Change

29 September 2016 ~ Book Presentation and Symposium: Education for Change

What opportunities does the connection between human rights education and historical learning offer for schools and non-formal educators to develop their educational approaches? This event will present results from two publications: "Change – Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education" and "Crossing Borders – Combining Human Rights Education and History Education." In addition to substantive inputs, the symposium provides a space for exchanging rationales and designs for connecting human rights and historical education in practice. The event is organized by the Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Division of Teaching of History, in cooperation with Human Rights Education Associates
(HREA), now Human Rights Consultancy & Training, The European Wergeland Centre (EWC), and the Falstad Centre (Norway). This marks the conclusion of the programme "Teaching Human Rights", and will take place in English.
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1 October 2016 ~ Award Ceremony and Theatre Performance: "andersartig-gedenken-on-stage"

1 October 2016 ~ Award Ceremony and Theatre Performance: "andersartig-gedenken-on-stage"

The school and amateur theatre competition "andersartig gedenken on stage" supports theatre projects addressing the stories of victims of Nazi "euthanasia". Theatre groups from across the country are encouraged to place the fates of victims in the centre of their performances. Following the award ceremony, the winning entry selected by the professional jury will perform. As part of the Nazi racial ideology, over 300,000 children, women and men with mental illness or retardation were systematically murdered. The goal of Nazi population and health policy was to create a genetically healthy "Aryan" race. Despite the high number of victims, only a few thousand names are publicly available, and the stories of even fewer victims are known. The awards ceremony is being organized by the Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband Berlin.
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25 October 2016 ~ Documentary Film Followed by Panel Discussion: Paul Celan – Ich bin der, den es nicht gibt ("I am he who does not exist")

25 October 2016 ~ Documentary Film Followed by Panel Discussion: Paul Celan – Ich bin der, den es nicht gibt ("I am he who does not exist")

The documentary film "Paul Celan – Ich bin der, den es nicht gibt" shares memories of Jewish culture in Europe through the life story of Paul Celan. His story enables audiences to experience German-Jewish history. The film was made with eyewitnesses and testimonies. Following the screening, the writers will be present for a discussion.
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October/November 2016 ~ Theatre Performance: "The Guardian Angel House"

October/November 2016 ~ Theatre Performance: "The Guardian Angel House"

Two guardian angels watch over ruins to which no peace will come for years. Slowly they uncover the terrible secret of the building – the fate of at least 100 children who were killed by the Nazis after being deemed "unworthy life". Waldniel-Hostert was one of approximately 30 children’s wards set up and run by the Nazis nationwide during the years 1941-1943. They also seized the "Gaurdian Angel House", originally a church nursing home. Here, physically and mentally disabled children or socially maladjusted adolescents were observed, selected and murdered through medication and neglect.
Dates: 1/2/4/28/29 October/2 November 2016
Location: Theater mini-art e. V., Brückenweg 5, 47551 Bedburg-Hau
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3 November 2016 ~ Symposium: "When, If Not Now?" – Delayed Justice for Sinti and Roma in Education

3 November 2016 ~ Symposium: "When, If Not Now?" – Delayed Justice for Sinti and Roma in Education

Educational justice cannot succeed without committed individuals from schools and educational administrations, policy, science, NGOs, parents and students. This is exactly what prompted the Foundation EVZ to launch the "Nationwide working group to improve participation in education and educational success of Sinti and Roma in Germany" in 2013. The symposium "When, If Not Now? – Delayed Justice for Sinti and Roma in Education" takes up the recommendations of "Together for Better Education: Recommendations for Equal Participation of Sinti and Roma in Germany." The meeting is directed at committed actors from all sectors of society. A variety of different perspectives will be presented on approaches, projects and studies focused on delayed justice for Sinti and Roma in education. The symposium is made possible by the RAA Berlin.
Location: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin
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7 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:30 ~ FILM SCREENING: "VOICES FROM THE ATTIC" AND "ECHOES FROM THE ATTIC"

7 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:30 ~ FILM SCREENING: "VOICES FROM THE ATTIC" AND "ECHOES FROM THE ATTIC"

As part of the project FUTURE OF MEMORY, a nationwide school film series focused on the cinematic memory of the Holocaust, on 7 November 2016 the Kino Arsenal in Berlin will screen the films "Voices from the Attic" (Debbie Goodstein, USA 1988, 60 min) and "Echoes from the Attic" (Debbie Goodstein, USA 2015, 30 min). Film expert and author Sonja Schulz has also developed accompanying materials for school cinemas for the project. On this occasion, Sonja Schulz will be present for a discussion following the screening. The focus will be on the use of films in the educational field.
Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin
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17 November 2016, 19:00 ~ Reading and Project Presentation: Jewish Female Identities Today

17 November 2016, 19:00 ~ Reading and Project Presentation: Jewish Female Identities Today

Grantees of the Foundation ZURÜCKGEBEN present their artistic projects in which they address Jewish female identities. With funding from the Foundation EVZ, the Foundation ZURÜCKGEBEN supported artists and researchers of Jewish origin or Jewish faith living in Germany.
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Funding News

LIVING HISTORY LESSONS AND DIGITAL LEARNING

LIVING HISTORY LESSONS AND DIGITAL LEARNING

On 27 July 2016, the new online learning platform "Learning with Interviews: Forced Labor 1939-1945" will be presented at an event at the Refik-Veseli-Schule in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The teaching platform is aimed at students age 14 and above. Over 20 million people were forced into labour for Nazi Germany. In the online materials, seven former forced labourers from different victim groups tell of their childhoods, their families, their experiences in camps and factories, their daily lives in Germany and their encounters with Germans, as well as their lives before and after forced labour. Transcripts, translations and various exercises enable research-based learning in regular classes, on project days and in presentation exams. "Learning with Interviews" can be used on smartphones, tablets, computers and whiteboards.
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SUMMER SCHOOL: "TEACHING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST"

SUMMER SCHOOL: "TEACHING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST"

For the second time, the Foundation EVZ has funded the summer school of the Galicia Jewish Heritage Foundation on the topic of "Teaching about the Holocaust", which was carried out at the Centre for Holocaust Studies of the Jagiellonien University in Krakow. The event took place from 1-4 July in Krakow. It was aimed at multipliers, developers of teaching materials and educators at museums and memorial sites in Poland and the Ukraine. The summer school focused on how to convey strategies, methods and skills for representing the memory of the Holocaust in classrooms and teaching.


STOLPERSTEINE (STUMBLING BLOCKS) AND FILM FESTIVAL IN LITHUANIA

STOLPERSTEINE (STUMBLING BLOCKS) AND FILM FESTIVAL IN LITHUANIA

From 28-30 August 2016, the first 14 Stolpersteine (Stumbing Blocks) will be laid in the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai and Panevėžys to commemorate the Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania. Public events are planned in each city to mark the occasion. A ceremonial opening of places of remembrance will take place on 30 August 2016 in Vilnius. Workshops in schools as well as films are also planned during the Inconvenient Film Festival in Vilnius from 13-23 October. The Foundation EVZ funds the project “Reflection of Jewish and Roma Heritage” of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights in the programme Facing Antisemitism and Antigypsyism.
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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BELARUS: "REMEMBRANCE CULTURE IN INTER-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUE"

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BELARUS: "REMEMBRANCE CULTURE IN INTER-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUE"

From 20-24 September 2016, survivors of Nazi persecution from Russia, the Ukraine, Poland and Belarus will meet with students and NGO representatives from these countries. The conference, which commemorates the German invasion of the Soviet Union 75 years ago at the Belowescheska Puschcha National Park in Brest, is being organised by the International Social Organization "Understanding" (MOOV) from Minsk. MOOV is cooperating with the International Association of Former Child Victims of Nazism, which is organising its annual meeting on this occasion in Belarus. The conference is supported in the funding programme "Meeting Point: Dialogue".
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MEET UP!: SUCCESSFUL PROJECT START IN 2016

MEET UP!: SUCCESSFUL PROJECT START IN 2016

This year, the programme "MEET UP! German-Ukrainian youth Encounters" is funding 35 transnational projects from civil society initiatives, educational institutions and city partnerships. More than 1,000 young people from German, the Ukraine and Russia are taking part in the encounters. In 55 German and Ukrainian cities and towns, they are implementing joint educational and video projects, exhibitions and theatre productions. Working across borders, the participants address topics such as displacement, democracy or human rights. The next call for applications will soon be issued for German-Ukrainian projects in 2017. The funding programme "MEET UP! German-Ukrainian youth Encounters" is financed with support from the German Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
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41 NEW "MEETING POINT: DIALOGUE" PROJECTS

41 NEW "MEETING POINT: DIALOGUE" PROJECTS

Project implementers funded through the programme are organising activities for the benefit of victims of National Socialism in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia. They are also involving immobile people who receive visits or support from young participants, thereby contributing to the social recognition and engagement of victims of National Socialism. The funding goes to civil society organisations that support Nazi victims in their countries. The next call for applications for the Ukraine and Belarus will be issued in early October.
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Current Calls for Applications

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE: DISCRIMINATION. WATCH OUT! PROJECTS ON EXCLUSION

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE: DISCRIMINATION. WATCH OUT! PROJECTS ON EXCLUSION

In its EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme, the Foundation EVZ promotes international encounters of young people from Germany and the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Israel. Schools and non-school institutions are invited to join up in international partnerships and apply for funding for their joint project in 2017 and 2018. EUROPEANS FOR PEACE encourages young people to be active for human rights and international understanding with historical awareness. The theme of the call for applications is "Discrimination. Watch Out! Projects On Exclusion". The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016.
The application form can be downloaded here (as of September).

HOSENFELD/SZPILMAN PRIZE

HOSENFELD/SZPILMAN PRIZE

For the seventh time, the Leuphana University of Lüneburg is awarding the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Memorial Prize, which seeks to raise public awareness of moral resistance to National Socialism. The prize comes with 7,500 € and is supported by the Foundation EVZ for the second time. Submissions are accepted from studies in musicology or art projects that refer to the work of the composer and pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman. Also eligible are research projects or works of art that deal with the work of musicians persecuted by the National Socialists, as well as works of historical, cultural or humanistic studies that consider civil resistance against the National Socialists‘ persecution and oppression. Finally, pedagogical works that substantially foster moral courage or support Polish-German relations will also be considered. The deadline for submission is 15 October 2016.
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: LOCALISATION OF VIDEOTAPED EYEWITNESS INTERVIEWS WITH VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: LOCALISATION OF VIDEOTAPED EYEWITNESS INTERVIEWS WITH VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS

The Foundation EVZ is funding this networking meeting. The event will take place in January 2017, and will be implemented by erinnern.at. Interested persons can apply until 15 October 2015.
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