Newsletter 03/2017

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NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

FAREWELL TO DR. MICHAEL JANSEN AND GÜNTER SAATHOFF

FAREWELL TO DR. MICHAEL JANSEN AND GÜNTER SAATHOFF

At the end of June, the Foundation EVZ in Berlin bid farewell to its long-standing Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Michael Jansen, and Director Günter Saathoff. The Board members and staff of the Foundation EVZ thank Dr. Michael Jansen and Günter Saathoff for their many years of dedicated work and wish them all the best for the future.


DR. HARALD BRAUN NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

DR. HARALD BRAUN NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

On 1 July 2017, Chancellor Angela Merkel named former State Secretary of the German Foreign Ministry, Dr. Harald Braun, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation EVZ. He was serving as the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York, and Vice President of the UN General Assembly.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTS DR. MORITZ KILGER AS NEW CO-DIRECTOR

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTS DR. MORITZ KILGER AS NEW CO-DIRECTOR

Dr. Moritz Kilger is the new Co-Director of the Foundation EVZ as of 1 July. He was elected for four years and will direct the Foundation EVZ alongside CEO Dr. Andreas Eberhardt.



UPCOMING EVENTS

20 AUGUST: EXHIBITION OPENING “WHERE SHOULD WE HAVE GONE AFTER THE LIBERATION?”

20 AUGUST: EXHIBITION OPENING “WHERE SHOULD WE HAVE GONE AFTER THE LIBERATION?”

The Museum Schloss Fechenbach in Dieburg is showing the traveling exhibition “Where Should We Have Gone After The Liberation? Transit stops: Displaced Persons after 1945.” It draws attention to the fates of survivors of Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and forced labour, who were referred to as “Displaced Persons” (DPs) by the Allies. The exhibit consists of some 10 topical stations, which are dedicated to individual biographies and personal histories, intertwined with the strategies used by the Allies at the time. Created by the International Tracing Service, the exhibition was supported financially by the Foundation EVZ. The opening in Dieburg will take place on 20 August at 15:00.
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8 SEPTEMBER: THEATRE PROJECT PREMIERE “LENINGRAD BLOCKADE – TRAGEDY AND MYTH”

8 SEPTEMBER: THEATRE PROJECT PREMIERE “LENINGRAD BLOCKADE – TRAGEDY AND MYTH”

The Leningrad Blockade is legendary in Russia. In Germany, the more than 1 million dead are among the lesser-known victims of the Nazis. The theatre project, based on the historical events, uses materials such as letters, pictures and sound recordings from the Nazi and Soviet eras. The multimedia performance also makes use of the personal and familial experiences of the participants. Through accessible installations, the audience is actively brought in to the performance and can take on different perspectives. On the anniversary of the beginning of the Blockade on 8 September, the play will premiere in the Theater unterm Dach in Berlin; further performances are planned in St. Petersburg in 2018. The project is funded in the EVZ programme “Education with Testimonies”, and is a joint production of Drama Panorama e.V. (Berlin) and Teatr Pokoleniy (St. Petersburg).
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AUGUST-OCTOBER: EXHIBITION “LOST MEMORY? NAZI FORCED LABOUR SITES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC”

AUGUST-OCTOBER: EXHIBITION “LOST MEMORY? NAZI FORCED LABOUR SITES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC”

The exhibition focuses on the little-known history of Nazi forced labour in Bohemia. It tells of events which took placed from 1938-1945, but which continue to shape the landscapes of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Based on 18 exemplary sites, the German-Czech exhibition shines a light on Nazi forced labour in the Czech Republic. Contemporary images of the sites are presented alongside eyewitness testimonies and historical photographs connected with Nazi forced labour and the post-war history of the sites. Special attention was given in the selection of materials to the depiction of foreigners as well as Czech victims, thereby highlighting the European dimensions of Nazi forced labour. The exhibition is on view in Havířov, Czech Republic, until 11 September, and from 15 September onward at the Gross-Rosen Museum in Poland.
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11-15 SEPTEMBER 2017: CONFERENCE “FORMS AND METHODS OF SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION IN POLAND AND GERMANY”

11-15 SEPTEMBER 2017: CONFERENCE “FORMS AND METHODS OF SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION IN POLAND AND GERMANY”

The Volunteer Centre in Zamość is organising an international conference on forms and methods of support for victims of Nazi persecution in Poland and Germany. The goal is to exchange experiences on challenges of work with and for Nazi victims in Poland and Germany, to promote networking, and to contribute to the sensitisation of society and policy makers to the plight of survivors. Since 2015, the Volunteer Centre has offered cultural and educational programmes as well as legal counselling for 80 Nazi victims and other senior citizens in the Zamość region. For the project, young volunteers also engage in intergenerational dialogue. Around 100 representatives of Polish and Germany organisations engaged in work with seniors, regional political actors, and state institutions are invited to the conference.
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20-23 SEPTEMBER: NETWORKING MEETING #MEETUP2017

20-23 SEPTEMBER: NETWORKING MEETING #MEETUP2017

At the MEET UP! networking meeting, project participants exchanged experiences with all those interested in German-Ukrainian-Russian exchanges. Laboratories, workshops and creative spaces organised by the participants served as a stimulus for new project ideas and formats. On 21 September at 18:00, the Foundation EVZ will host a public event in Berlin to present MEET UP! projects and initial results from the networking meeting, as well as to discuss the future of German-Ukrainian relations. The band Leleka, along with culinary specialities from Germany and the Ukraine, will ensure an enjoyable evening.
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25-30 SEPTEMBER: FINALS WEEK “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE”

25-30 SEPTEMBER: FINALS WEEK “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. In order to promote knowledge of German in the participating countries, the competition is held in German. Since April 2017, the country winners are being determined in the ten participating countries. The highlight of the year is the international final, in which the best two teams from each country compete against each other.
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27-30 SEPTEMBER: 2ND INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON NAZI FORCED LABOUR

27-30 SEPTEMBER: 2ND INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON NAZI FORCED LABOUR

Under the title “Cycles of Commemoration. Forced Labour in Europe during World War II”, experts will meet to exchange new insights on the commemoration of forced labour during World War II. The focus is on the reception of forced labour and the backgrounds for the various levels of societal recognition for this topic in different countries since the war and until today. The interdisciplinary event is aimed at experts from the fields of history, cultural and social sciences, and historical-political education, as well as representatives of relevant institutions.
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FUNDING NEWS

SUCCESSFUL TEST OF THE ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM “LEARNING WITH INTERVIEWS: FORCED LABOUR 1939-1945”

SUCCESSFUL TEST OF THE ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM “LEARNING WITH INTERVIEWS: FORCED LABOUR 1939-1945”

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) tested the online learning platform “Learning with Interviews: Forced Labour 1939-1945” with 16 teachers. The results were consistently positive: 93 per cent of the teachers rated the content as relevant for their own educational practice and compatible with their curricula. The learning platform makes it possible to watch seven short films of survivors of Nazi forced labour, thereby enriching history lessons. Additional materials and interactive exercises are also available.
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ONLINE SURVEY ON CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT

ONLINE SURVEY ON CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT

The Foundation EVZ is currently planning to set up a Civic Technology Accelerator in Prague to promote and better network projects at the intersection of civil society engagement and digital innovation. An online survey is currently underway to assess the funding needs, and to design the programme in close consultation with the community and ensure that it is well tailored to the needs of the target group. To read an interview with Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Andreas Eberhardt on the idea and background of the Accelerator, click here.

To the view the survey, click here.

OPENING SEMINAR FOR HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS IN KIEV

OPENING SEMINAR FOR HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS IN KIEV

On 15-16 August, 15 Ukrainian organisations that are implementing humanitarian projects for survivors of Nazi persecution in fall 2017 will meet for an opening seminar in Kiev. The workshop is organised by the organisation “Turbota pro Litnih v Ukrainii”, which is coordinating the programme “DIALOGUE FORUM” in Ukraine.
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PROJECT BROCHURE “OUR DIFFERENCES, OUR RICHNESS”

PROJECT BROCHURE “OUR DIFFERENCES, OUR RICHNESS”

In 2016 and 2017, the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE project "Our differences, our richness“ brought together young people from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Germany. They stood up for non-discriminatory attitudes and summarized their findings with impressive words in a brochure: “What we can and should always do is to learn about history, learn from the past and attempt to avoid it in the future. Our duty is to remember the victims, admit the things that happened and keep our minds open enough to be convinced that every person in this world is here for a purpose.” The project was organised by the Centre for Education and Gathering in Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and MIKUB e.V. from Berlin.
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ENGAGEMENT FOR ELDERLY ROMA

ENGAGEMENT FOR ELDERLY ROMA

Since the beginning of the year the Foundation has been funding 13 institutions that engage on behalf of survivors of the Roma genocide in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. On 29-30 August, the project participants in the funding programme “Latcho Dives” will gather for a networking meeting in Kiev. With the two-day event, the Foundation EVZ seeks to provide new inspiration for experiential exchanges and networking. more

ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPARATIVE GERMAN-ISRAELI-AMERICAN SOCIAL COHESION FORUM

ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPARATIVE GERMAN-ISRAELI-AMERICAN SOCIAL COHESION FORUM

In June 2017 the EVZ Foundation together with the Ted Arison Family Foundation convened a 3 day long Comparative German – Israeli - American Social Cohesion Forum. The goal of the forum was to encourage civil-society leaders from Germany, Israel and the USA to share innovative civil-society partnering strategies and to develop new approaches to promoting social cohesion. Participants brought experience from 12 international agencies. The Forum findings will be published later this year in Hebrew, English and German.


NEW PUBLICATIONS

"THE GERMAN COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR FORCED LABOR: PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCES"

"THE GERMAN COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR FORCED LABOR: PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCES"

This publication describes the practical implementation of the German compensation program for Nazi-era forced labor. The program was the result of international negotiations between German companies, the governments of the US, Germany, and Central and Eastern European countries, and victims’ representatives. Written by authors who were directly involved in the implementation of the program, the publication provides an insider’s perspective of the compensation program for forced labor. It examines in detail the different stages of the program, such as deciding on eligibility criteria, setting up organizational structures, outreach, processing and verifying claims, establishing audit and controls processes, as well as the necessary steps to complete such a massive program. By illustrating why and how decisions were taken and how these affected later phases of the program, the authors hope to provide insights, knowledge, and inspiration for those involved in setting up or implementing reparations programs in the future.
Günter Saathoff, Uta Gerlant, Friederike Mieth, Norbert Wühler (ed.)
"The German Compensation Program for Forced Labor: Practice and Experiences"
ISBN: 978-3-9813377-9-2, 271 pages
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"SYNAGOGEN IM GESCHICHTSUNTERRICHT. ERBAUT – ZERSTÖRT – VERGESSEN?" (“SYNAGOGUES IN HISTORY CLASS. BUILT – DESTROYED – FORGOTTEN?”)

"SYNAGOGEN IM GESCHICHTSUNTERRICHT. ERBAUT – ZERSTÖRT – VERGESSEN?" (“SYNAGOGUES IN HISTORY CLASS. BUILT – DESTROYED – FORGOTTEN?”)

To this day, synagogues – as a concrete manifestation of a societal and religious minority – continue to stand for the turbulent German-Jewish history. They represent periods of persecution and destruction, but also point to the often forgotten periods of societal coexistence and cultural exchange. They thus offer a rich basis for learning about daily life that goes far beyond a narrative of Jewish victimhood. This book traces the various phases of German-Jewish history through the lens of synagogues. Numerous teaching materials present synagogues as sites of historical learning. Case studies show how these places can be used as a gateway to the diverse Jewish-German past, as well as other regional histories.
Markus Kroll: "Synagogen im Geschichtsunterricht. Erbaut – zerstört – vergessen?"
ISBN: 978-3-7344-0441-2, 112 pages, 19,90 Euro
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“AUSGEGRENZT! WARUM? ZWANGSSTERILISIERTE UND GESCHÄDIGTE DER NS-»EUTHANASIE« IN DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND” (“EXCLUDED! WHY? VICTIMS OF FORCED STERILIZATION AND NAZI ‘EUTHANASIA’ IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY”)

“AUSGEGRENZT! WARUM? ZWANGSSTERILISIERTE UND GESCHÄDIGTE DER NS-»EUTHANASIE« IN DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND” (“EXCLUDED! WHY? VICTIMS OF FORCED STERILIZATION AND NAZI ‘EUTHANASIA’ IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY”)

The victims of forced sterilization and ‘euthanasia’ have been silent for decades. Only many years after their persecution under the Nazi regime have some of them found the strength to raise their voices and fight for recognition. When they founded the Association of Victims of “Euthanasia” and Forced Sterilization in 1987, they were able to represent their interests at the political and societal levels for the first time. However, their activities were met with resistance, as mechanisms and structures of exclusion had outlasted the Nazi period. Ways of thinking about those “unworthy of life” continued for decades in the Federal Republic of Germany – and arguably still assert themselves today.
Margret Hamm (ed.)
"Ausgegrenzt! Warum? Zwangssterilisierte und Geschädigte der NS-»Euthanasie« in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland"
ISBN: 978-3-86331-335-7, 239 pages, 19 Euro
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CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR REMEMBRANCE OF NAZI FORCED LABOUR AND FORGOTTEN VICTIMS

FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR REMEMBRANCE OF NAZI FORCED LABOUR AND FORGOTTEN VICTIMS

The Foundation EVZ funds international projects that explore forced labour under National Socialism and the history of forgotten groups of victims, and contribute to anchoring the subjects permanently in the European cultures of remembrance. Particularly desired are formats for digital history learning that incorporate social media activities, as well as multi-media formats that promote active engagement with history and enable exchange about historical events above and beyond the locations where they took place.
Applications may be submitted for meeting expenses on a rolling basis.
Deadline: 13 October 2017
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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

The Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation (HLS) grants scholarships to Sinti and Roma who seek to pursue their first or second degree in pedagogical vocational training or qualification. Scholars may pursue pedagogical careers, e.g. in education, social work or childcare. The scholarships include monthly financial support as well as participation in continuing education. Additionally, scholars are also offered personal mentoring and social-pedagogical support. Sinti or Roma who live in Berlin or Brandenburg and seek to pursue a pedagogical career or qualification in this area are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by the Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation.
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