Newsletter 01/2017

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EXHIBITION UNTIL 24 MARCH 2017 ~ “FROM PAPENBURG TO NEURUPPIN – SERIES FOR MARIA”

ON 27 JANUARY, THE DAY COMMEMORATING THE VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM, A WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE BUNDESTAG. THE FOUNDATION EVZ ALSO COMMEMORATES THE VICTIMS THE VICTIMS OF EUTHANASIA, AND SHOWS AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY HANNAH BISCHOF.

ON 27 JANUARY, THE DAY COMMEMORATING THE VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM, A WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE BUNDESTAG. THE FOUNDATION EVZ ALSO COMMEMORATES THE VICTIMS THE VICTIMS OF EUTHANASIA, AND SHOWS AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY HANNAH BISCHOF.

Maria Eissing was born in 1905 in Papenburg. At the age of 17, she was diagnosed with so-called “mental discomfort” and hospitalized. In 1927 she married Josef Fenski. The couple had three children and lived in Berlin. In June 1939, she was admitted to Herzberge Hospital in Berlin-Lichtenberg for “schizophrenia”. On 14 August 1941, Maria Fenski was taken from there to Neuruppin on a mass transport. She died on 7 August 1942 at the state asylum in Neuruppin. The official cause of death was “myocardial degeneration”, though in actuality she died of starvation as a victim of the Nazi “Action T4”; in the end, she weighed only 42 kilos.
Hannah Bischof, born in 1960 in Berlin, travelled to the places that were important in the life of her grandmother. The painter has worked each stage of her grandmother’s life into her artwork: in 16 paintings, and 11 black and white photographs. The series “From Papenburg to Neuruppin” traces the life, joys and fears of Maria Fenski. The exhibition is open in the foyer of the Foundation EVZ from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm, or by appointment, until 24 March 2017.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

7 MARCH 2017, 19:00 ~ FILM SCREENING: “THE GERMANS ARE BACK” – RECONCILIATION AND SEARCHING FOR TRACES IN BELARUS

7 MARCH 2017, 19:00 ~ FILM SCREENING: “THE GERMANS ARE BACK” – RECONCILIATION AND SEARCHING FOR TRACES IN BELARUS

The film “Die Deutschen sind zurück” (“The Germans are Back”) tells the story of German young people’s reconciliation work and investigations of the traces of the past in Belarus. Ulrike Jaeger has been traveling to Belarus with German youth for over 15 years. Together with Belarusians of the same age, they renovate the houses of elderly people and get to know the simple life in the Belarusian countryside. For young Germans, this journey leads not only to another world, but also to another time. They meet men and women whose memories of the Second World War are still very vivid. “Now the Germans are back,” the older people say – it is often the first time that they have come into contact with Germans since the end of the war. This time the Germans do not destroy, but rebuild their houses. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the director.
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14 MARCH 2017, 19:00 ~ FILM SCREENING: “SOUNDS OF SILENCE” – A MUSICAL DETECTIVE FILM

14 MARCH 2017, 19:00 ~ FILM SCREENING: “SOUNDS OF SILENCE” – A MUSICAL DETECTIVE FILM

The documentary “Klänge des Verschweigens” (“Sounds of Silence”) tells the exciting story of the gay musician, Willi Heckmann, who was forced to wear the pink triangle patch. When the filmmaker Klaus Stanjek learns that his favourite uncle Willi was interned in a concentration camp for eight years because of his sexual orientation, a family façade collapses abruptly. From the fog of memory, a moving investigation develops. The documentary material is combined with animations and compositing. The award-winning documentary on the persecution and ostracism of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the post-war period reveals how the truth was often twisted and repressed in German families. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the director.
Photograph in private ownership of Klaus Stanjek / Potsdam, provided by the Heckman estate.
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19 – 22 MARCH 2017 ~ CONFERENCE: DEALING WITH MULTIPLE TRAUMATISING PROCESSES

19 – 22 MARCH 2017 ~ CONFERENCE: DEALING WITH MULTIPLE TRAUMATISING PROCESSES

For the sixth time, the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany (ZWST) is hosting an international congress with the aim of qualifying and training specialists in the care of traumatised survivors of the Shoah. Each conference is dedicated to a current topic that is the focus of the practical work with survivors. Approximately 180 experts from Germany, Israel, Austria, Switzerland, Belarus, the Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary are expected to participate.
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8 APRIL 2017 ~ THEATRE PREMIERE I: “JULLER” – INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF JULIUS HIRSCH, THE GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL PLAYER WITH JEWISH HERITAGE

8 APRIL 2017 ~ THEATRE PREMIERE I: “JULLER” – INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF JULIUS HIRSCH, THE GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL PLAYER WITH JEWISH HERITAGE

One of the heroes of early football in Germany was the Karlsruhe striker Julius Hirsch, nicknamed “Juller”. Popular for his bent-over running style and feared for his shooting skills on the left or the right, Juller played on the national team for many years, was twice German champion, and took part in the 1912 Olympics. However, his great athletic successes could not prevent him from being socially marginalized, persecuted and ultimately murdered by the Nazi regime.
The play was funded through the programme “Theatre Projects with Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism”
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APRIL 2017 ~ BOOK PRESENTATION: COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR FORMER FORCED LABOURERS: LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCES

APRIL 2017 ~ BOOK PRESENTATION: COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR FORMER FORCED LABOURERS: LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCES

On the occasion of the publication “The German Compensations Program for Forced Labor: Practice und Experience”, panellists discussed the challenges of the German payment programme for former forced labourers. They answered the question of why it is important to continue to pass on the memory of these experiences in an accessible way. The different perspectives of the panellists also show how complex the experiences of various actors in the realm of compensation are. The exact date of the event will be available soon on our webpage.
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26 APRIL - 2 MAY 2017 ~ FILM FESTIVAL: PRESENTATION OF THE SHORT FILM “OPPOSE OTHERING!”

26 APRIL - 2 MAY 2017 ~ FILM FESTIVAL: PRESENTATION OF THE SHORT FILM “OPPOSE OTHERING!”

During the 17th goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film 2017, the human rights project “OPPOSE OTHERING!”, funded by the Foundation EVZ, will present its project results. Five young international film director tandems from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe have made films that deal with the construction of difference between “Us” and “Them” – so-called “othering”.
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20 MAY 2017, 19:30 ~ THEATRE PREMIERE II: “COHN BUCKY LEVY – THE LOSS”

20 MAY 2017, 19:30 ~ THEATRE PREMIERE II: “COHN BUCKY LEVY – THE LOSS”

The theatre project “Cohn Bucky Levy – Der Verlust” (“Cohn Bucky Levy – The Loss”) depicts the history of the families Cohn, Bucky und Levy. In 1890, the three Cohn sisters opened their small shop at Markt 23 in Altenburg, which was operated a few decades later by Sally Bucky, and then by Albert Levy. “M.&S. Cohn” became one of the largest and most successful department stores in the region. The performances of the play will take place at various original locations in the city, thereby bringing this chapter of Altenburg history back into the popular consciousness in a deep and memorable way. From 1933 onward, these families became victims of National Socialism. Some family members managed to escape in time; others were interned, deported and ultimately murdered in concentration camps. The piece was funded through the programme “Theatre Projects with Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism”.
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APRIL - JUNE 2017 ~ COMPETITION “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” 2017

APRIL - JUNE 2017 ~ COMPETITION “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” 2017

“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. Beginning in April 2017, the country winners will be 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.
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FUNDING NEWS

ANTISEMITISM AND ANTIGYPSYISM - KICK OFF WORKSHOP IN BERLIN

ANTISEMITISM AND ANTIGYPSYISM - KICK OFF WORKSHOP IN BERLIN

In 2017, the Foundation EVZ is funding projects in Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Ukraine to develop country-specific recommendations for action in the fight against antisemitism and antigypsyism. To kick off the project, a workshop took place on 12-13 January 2017 with 20 international participants. The project teams presented their different approaches and discussed open implementation questions in working groups.
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PROJECT PRESENTATION: REMEMBRANCE OF THE OCCUPATION OF GREECE – INTERVIEWS FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

PROJECT PRESENTATION: REMEMBRANCE OF THE OCCUPATION OF GREECE – INTERVIEWS FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

On 2 February 2017, the project “Remembrance of the Occupation of Greece” was presented in Athens. The project preserves the memories of Greek eyewitnesses of the German occupation of Greece during National Socialism. Their stories were recorded, researched and published on an online platform. At the centre of the presentation were the two eyewitnesses, Rosa Asser-Pardo and Efi Papatheodorou, who were interviewed as part of the project.
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HISTORICAL LEARNING WITH VIDEO INTERVIEWS

HISTORICAL LEARNING WITH VIDEO INTERVIEWS

Are video interviews with victims of Nazi persecution an up-to-date means of communicating the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust to young people? Over 40 international experts from memorials, museums, archives, schools and universities addressed this and other questions at a workshop in Vienna from 9-11 January. The workshop was funded by the Foundation EVZ and conceived and organised by the association “erinnern.at” in Bregenz. The 24 presented projects will also be presented to a broader public in the form of an online publication thatwill be published in Fall 2017 as part of the series “Education with Testimonies”.
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AWARD: HOSENFELD / SZPILMAN PRIZE

AWARD: HOSENFELD / SZPILMAN PRIZE

On 27 January 2017, the Leuphana University Lüneburg presented the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Prize with the support of the Foundation EVZ. This year there were two winners: the New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic and Miriam Schulz of Columbia University. With the awarding of the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Prize, Leuphana publicly emphasizes the importance of ethical resistance and commemorates the friendship between the Wehrmacht officer Wilm Hosenfeld and the Jewish composer Władysław Szpilman.
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SUPPORT PROJECTS FOR ROMA SURVIVORS OF THE NAZI GENOCIDE

SUPPORT PROJECTS FOR ROMA SURVIVORS OF THE NAZI GENOCIDE

On 1 January, the first project started in the new funding programme for survivors of the Roma genocide “Latcho Dives” (Romanian for “good day”). In three villages near Uzhhorod (Transcarpathia, Ukraine), around 120 elderly Roma received individual humanitarian assistance (food and hygiene products, clothing, medicines) as well as legal assistance and support in accessing existing medical and social services. Twenty trained volunteers are engaged in the project. Twelve further projects will begin in February and March in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
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MEET UP! WORKSHOP: GERMAN-UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS – POSSIBLE, BUT HOW?

MEET UP! WORKSHOP: GERMAN-UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS – POSSIBLE, BUT HOW?

Since 2015, young people from Russia have been able to participate in projects through the funding programme “Meet Up! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters”. The conflict in Ukraine has the brought tensions in the Russian-Ukrainian relationship to the tri-national encounters. On 5 December, the Meet Up! team therefore invited representatives of funded German-Ukrainian-Russian encounter projects to take part in a workshop. The project representatives exchanged experiences, information, ideas and suggestions. The results of the workshop discussions are available to the public in German, Ukrainian and Russian. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please write to us at: meetup@stiftung-evz.de!
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YOUTH EXCHANGE AND FILM: “HEALING STEP”

YOUTH EXCHANGE AND FILM: “HEALING STEP”

In 2015 and 2016, German and Israeli young people came together to research and commemorate the stories of victims of National Socialism – including in their own families. It was not easy for them to come to terms with the Shoah, discrimination and the persecution of Jewish people under National Socialism. The young people spoke openly and emotionally about the contemporary legacies of this history. The result is a collage of experiences, encounters, a dance performance, and interviews. The project by the Evangelisches Gymnasium Siegen-Weidenau (Germany) and the Ramot-Jam High School in Michmoret (Israel) was funded in the programme EUROPEANS FOR PEACE.
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NEW YEAR’S RECEPTION OF THE WORKING GROUP OF BERLIN-BRANDENBURG MEMORIAL SITES

NEW YEAR’S RECEPTION OF THE WORKING GROUP OF BERLIN-BRANDENBURG MEMORIAL SITES

On 2 February, the Foundation EVZ welcomed the members of the Working Group of Berlin-Brandenburg Memorial Sites to a reception. The kick off event for 2017 also served as an opportunity for exchange between memorial sites, museums and foundations. Opening remarks were made by Berlin Senator of Cultural Affairs Klaus Lederer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation EVZ Dr. Andreas Eberhardt, Director of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation Prof. Dr. Morsch, and Berlin State Commissioner for the Stasi Files, Martin Gutzeit .

NEW PUBLICATIONS

VOL. 3: PRESERVING SURVIVORS´ MEMORIES - DIGITAL TESTIMONY COLLECTIONS ABOUT NAZI PERSECUTION: HISTORY, EDUCATION AND MEDIA

VOL. 3: PRESERVING SURVIVORS´ MEMORIES - DIGITAL TESTIMONY COLLECTIONS ABOUT NAZI PERSECUTION: HISTORY, EDUCATION AND MEDIA

The third volume of this English-language series also addresses the preservation of eyewitness testimonies of National Socialism and their anchorage in the culture of memory in the 21st century. The passing away of remaining eyewitnesses, which is happening along with the transformation of information and communications technology, places high demands on the recording of eyewitness interviews. The volume focuses on the current debate over the technical possibilities for preserving eyewitness interviews.
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CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

EMPOWERMENT OF SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

EMPOWERMENT OF SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

The Foundation EVZ supports the educational advancement of Sinti and Roma in Germany. In the fall of 2015, a nationwide working group presented recommendations for “Working together for a better education. Recommendations on equality in education for Sinti and Roma in Germany”. In 2017, the Foundation seeks to fund projects that would either contribute to improving the current educational situation of Sinti and Roma people, or to the advancement of Sinti and Roma minority community organizations in Germany. The call for applications is aimed at Sinti and Roma community organizations (in Germany), possibly in cooperation with other partners.
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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 2017 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 website, which also provides information about the programme in Ukraine and Belarus.
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