Newsletter 04/2016

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22 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:00 ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN REMEMBER THE NAZI GENOZIDE AGAINST THE ROMA

More than 500,000 Sinti and Roma people were victims of National Socialist terror across Europe. Their history of persecution remains largely unexplored to this day, and the memory of the Genocide against them is not a core part of the remembrance cultures of European countries. The panellists from Poland, the Ukraine and Germany will discuss the challenges of addressing historical events in the memory of the "majority" communities, as well as in Roma communities in their respective countries. The emphasis is on the memory of the women.
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Upcoming Events

17 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:00 ~ READING AND PROJECT PRESENTATION: FEMALE JEWISH IDENTITIES TODAY

17 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:00 ~ READING AND PROJECT PRESENTATION: FEMALE JEWISH IDENTITIES TODAY

Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation ZURÜCKGEBEN has been supporting Jewish artists and scientists. It does this against the historical background of the destruction of opportunities for work and life under National Socialism. In the funding programme "Jewish female identities today", diverse projects have been supported by the Foundation EVZ and implemented from 2012 to 2015. At this event, individual funding recipients present their work. Afterwards, they and the Foundation ZURÜCKGEBEN will be available for personal exchanges.
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17-20 NOVEMBER 2016 ~ YOUTH CONFERENCE: "SEVENTY YEARS AFTER THE NUREMBERG TRIALS: REMEMBRANCE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT"

17-20 NOVEMBER 2016 ~ YOUTH CONFERENCE: "SEVENTY YEARS AFTER THE NUREMBERG TRIALS: REMEMBRANCE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT"

200 young active civil society commemoration initiatives from Germany, Austria and Hungary discuss human rights and forced labour. The conference is taking place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Nuremberg Trials. On 9 December 1946, the Nuremberg Doctors Trails began. Accordingly, historical questions and forms of memory of Nazi "euthanasia" and experiments on human beings will be discussed. The conference is being organised by the European Janusz Korczak Academy (EJKA) in Munich, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel (Jerusalem), Bálint Ház (Budapest), the commemoration initiative R.E.F.U.G.I.U.S (Oberwart/Austria) and the Mühldorf Concentration Camp.
Location: Synagoge der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde, Johann-Priem-Straße 20, 90411 Nuremberg
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24-26 NOVEMBER 2016 ~ CONFERENCE: IN THE SHADOW OF NUREMBERG: TRANSNATIONAL PUNISHMENT OF NAZI CRIMES

24-26 NOVEMBER 2016 ~ CONFERENCE: IN THE SHADOW OF NUREMBERG: TRANSNATIONAL PUNISHMENT OF NAZI CRIMES

This conference is being organised in the context of the 70th anniversary of the end of the main Nuremberg Trial, and current debates over the far-reaching failure of post-war justice to pursue Nazi perpetrators. Its focus is on the history of the first Nazi trials, as well as their implications for further prosecutions. In fall 1947, one year after the Nuremberg verdict, a Soviet military tribunal in Berlin-Pankow convicted a large number of high-ranking SS members of the commander’s staff from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The German-Polish conference explores different dimensions of the issue and is devoted to the judicial appraisal of Nazi crimes in the context of the trials in Nuremberg and Pankow.
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30 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:00 ~ BOOK PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION: WAR COMMEMORATION AS AN EVENT: MAY 9TH IN POST-SOCIALIST EUROPE

30 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:00 ~ BOOK PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION: WAR COMMEMORATION AS AN EVENT: MAY 9TH IN POST-SOCIALIST EUROPE

From Tomsk to Wittenberg and from Estonia to the Crimea: May 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. An international network of researchers examined the celebration of "Victory Day" on May 9th in different regions of the post-socialist world. New memorial practices were presented to the participants, as well as attempts at state regulation and the geopolitical dimension of the day. The results are presented in an anthology. The discussion asks about the significance of the worldwide commemoration of the war for societal developments, as well as for scientific research on cultures of memory. The event is organised by the Einstein Forum (Potsdam), in cooperation with the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst.
Location: Einstein Forum, Am Neuen Markt 7, 14467 Potsdam
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Funding News

"PRESENTPAST" – PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM TO CONCLUDE A GERMAN-ISRAELI DIALOGUE PROJECT

"PRESENTPAST" – PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM TO CONCLUDE A GERMAN-ISRAELI DIALOGUE PROJECT

On 10 November 2016, a German-Israeli committee of trauma experts presented the results of a yearlong dialogue project. Within four workshops, the committee discussed possible connections between experiences of long-term work with Holocaust survivors in Israel, and current work with refugees and asylum seekers in Germany. The aim of the dialogue was to identify effective long-term methods and approaches for working with people who have been extremely traumatised by collective, man-made violence. The Foundation EVZ and the Federal Ministry of Health funded the project.
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SHORT STORY COMPETITION “MENSCH SEIN” (BE A MENSCH)

SHORT STORY COMPETITION “MENSCH SEIN” (BE A MENSCH)

On October 4th in Kiev, four short stories were awarded prized in the competition "Mensch sein" (Be a mensch). The competition aims to meet the desires of people to preserve good memories, or to say "thank you" to others. Participants in the funding programme "Meeting Point: Dialogue" submitted 59 texts. A jury selected the four best stories, which were read aloud at the awards ceremony.
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SYMPOSIUM: EDUCATION FOR CHANGE – COMBINING HISTORY LEARNING AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN FORMAL, NON-FORMAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION

SYMPOSIUM: EDUCATION FOR CHANGE – COMBINING HISTORY LEARNING AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN FORMAL, NON-FORMAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION

What opportunities does the connection between human rights education and historical learning offer for the further development of educational approaches in school and non-school education? At the event, approaches were presented from the publications "Change - Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education" and "Crossing Borders - Combining Human Rights Education and History Education".
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EUROPEANS FOR PEACE PROJECT AWARDS

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE PROJECT AWARDS

Two projects funded in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme received high praise in 2016: The German-Latvian project "All Together Now!" was awarded the "Best International Project 2016" by the city of Riga. The theatre project by young people with and without disabilities is a cooperation of the Federal Association of Russian-Speaking Parents in Cologne, and the School 71 in Riga, Latvia. The German-Israeli encounter project "Work with us, but don't eat with us" was also awarded the European Citizens’ Prize 2016 and the second prize of the Saxon State Agency for Democracy. Together with the Dialog-Institute and the Kibbutz Nachsholim in Israel, the Wurzen Vocational School organised a German-Israeli exchange, in which young people investigated discrimination against forced labourers under National Socialism and the situation of seasonal workers today.
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New Publications

RELOCATED – DECEASED – KEPT SILENT: PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS IN BOHEMIA AS FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF NAZI "EUTHANASIA"

RELOCATED – DECEASED – KEPT SILENT: PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS IN BOHEMIA AS FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF NAZI "EUTHANASIA"

With the defeat of Czechoslovakia and the subsequent occupation of the Czech state by the German Reich in 1938-39, a National Socialist health policy was instituted which discriminated against people with mental illnesses and disabilities, and persecuted them as "inferior". In the newly created "Reichsgau Sudetenland", the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" ("Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses") was introduced in 1940, and enabled from then on the forced sterilization of people who were regarded as having "hereditary" diseases. In the programme "Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims", the Foundation EVZ funded a project that addressed the fates of these largely forgotten victims, resulting in this publication.
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EDUCATIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS "WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER EDUCATION" (2ND EDITION)

EDUCATIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS "WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER EDUCATION" (2ND EDITION)

One year after the first publication, a second edition of the educational recommendations is being published in response to the large demand. The educational recommendations "Working together for a better education: Recommendations on equality in education for Sinti and Roma in Germany" were produced by a nationwide working group in which, for the first time, specialists from Sinti and Roma organisations discussed together on equal footing with academics and experts from the federal ministries, states and municipalities. The topic was the educational participation of Sinti and Roma in Germany. The recommendations are available, free of charge, in digital as well as print form.
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CHANGE – HANDBOOK FOR HISTORY LEARNING AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN FORMAL, NON-FORMAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION

CHANGE – HANDBOOK FOR HISTORY LEARNING AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN FORMAL, NON-FORMAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION

To mark the conclusion of the funding programme "Teaching Human Rights", an international team under the aegis of the History Didactics Department, Freie Universität Berlin, produced this English-language handbook. It addresses the connection between historical learning and human rights education, and offers answers and suggestions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Two chapters of the handbook will soon be available online.
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Current Calls for Applications

"MEETING POINT: DIALOGUE" IN BELARUS AND THE UKRAINE

"MEETING POINT: DIALOGUE" IN BELARUS AND THE UKRAINE

Applications for funding in the programme "Meeting Point: Dialogue" in Belarus and the Ukraine may be submitted until 30 November. Funding is available for Ukrainian and Belarusian NGOs or partnerships between public and non-governmental organisations that support Nazi victims in their countries. The projects should enable participants to take active part in social life, and strengthen support for Nazi victims. The association "Understanding" in Minsk [www.moov.by/de/] and "Turbota pro Litnih v Ukraini" in Kiev [www.tlu.org.ua] implement the funding programme and also advise interested organisations that wish to submit an application.
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"EUROPEANS FOR PEACE" – DISCRIMINATION: EYES OPEN!

"EUROPEANS FOR PEACE" – DISCRIMINATION: EYES OPEN!

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. Travel expenses, accommodation and food costs, materials for the project work and presentations, as well as personnel costs (honoraria) are eligible for funding.
Deadline for applications is 1 December 2016.
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"MEET UP!" GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS 2017: AGENTS OF CHANGE

"MEET UP!" GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS 2017: AGENTS OF CHANGE

The Foundation EVZ will support German-Ukrainian youth encounters again in 2017, through the programme "MEET UP!", pending the support of the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Bosch Foundation. The motto for projects in 2017 is "Agents of Change". The aim of the programme is the intensify relations with Ukraine and to strengthen the civic engagement of young people from Germany and the Ukraine for fundamental democratic values and international understanding. Young people ages 16 to 35 are eligible for funding. The funding programme also enables trilateral encounters with young people and partner organisations from Russia.
Deadline for applications is 11 December 2016.
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"MIGRATION AND REMEMBRANCE CULTURE"

"MIGRATION AND REMEMBRANCE CULTURE"

In the funding programme "Migration and Remembrance Culture", the Foundation supports the training of multipliers and the development of innovative educational offerings in institutions of historical education (with expertise in the history of National Socialism and the global history of collective violence in the 20th century. The funding is intended to support refugees, as well as people without experiences of migration, to engage in the field of historical-political education and to bring in their own perspectives. The multipliers will be trained in content and didactics, develop their own workshop offerings, and work with visitor groups. At the same time, new educational offerings for addressing the history of National Socialism and other histories of collective violence will be created and established for the long term.
Deadline for applications is 30 January 2017.
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VISITS FROM FORCED LABOURERS: NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN BERLIN

VISITS FROM FORCED LABOURERS: NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN BERLIN

The Foundation EVZ has been supporting encounters with eyewitnesses for 13 years. During this period, around 4,000 survivors have been able to come to Germany and speak with young people about their experiences. Since 2016, there is also the opportunity to invite former forced labourers to Berlin through the so-called Emigrant Program of the Berlin Senate. The prerequisite is that the forced labour was done in the territory of today’s Germany. The programme is aimed directly at the survivors of National Socialism, not their descendants (unless they travel as companions).
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