Publications of the Foundation EVZ

On this site, you will find all english books and studies, published or supported by the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future". Some are available as files for download. A complete list of all publications (in German) can be found on the German Site.

Activity Report 2016

Preserving Survivors' Memories- Digital Testimony Collections about Nazi Persecution: History, Education and Media (VOL. 3)

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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Change – Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education

Martin Lücke,  Felisa Tibbitts,  Else Engel,  Lea Fenner (Ed.): 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 are available online.

Activity Report 2015

Activity Report 2014

Activity Report 2013

Activity Report 2012

Online Publication: "From Testimony to Story. Video Interviews about Nazi Crimes. Perspectives and Experiences in four Countries" (VOL. 2)

The Foundation EVZ has published the second volume of its publication series "Educational work with testimonies" online. The English-language anthology presents various collections of interviews with survivors of National Socialism. Experts from Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany report on educational work with eyewitness interviews and reflect on international developments, trends and debates in this field. The publication documents the results of three international seminars that the Foundation EVZ held in its event series "Discovering and Understanding. Educational work with testimonies of victims of National Socialism" in the years 2010 and 2011.

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“Working together for a better education”. Recommendations on equality in education for Sinti and Roma in Germany

How can access to education for Sinti and Roma be improved? How can equal opportunities be achieved? What principles must be observed to improve participation in education and educational attainments? And how can data need for this be surveyed and academic studies be conducted? The Foundation EVZ set up a nationwide working group to discuss these issues in which specialists from Sinti and Roma organisations played a leading role. Experts from the German states, municipalities, foundations and research and academia participated as equals. After two years of work their jointly drafted recommendations are now available.

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Forms of Testimony. Reports, Works of Art, Stories of Those Persecuted under National Socialism (VOL. 1)

Over the past decades, the survivors of National Socialism have collected an extensive archive of testimonies with the aim of keeping alive the memory and as a symbolic warning for future generations. The Foundation EVZ is looking for ways to make use of these valuable resource materials in historical and political education. Since 2009, the Foundation has been supporting exchanges between experts in this field in the “Discovering and Understanding” seminars. These online publications aim to make the results of the seminars known to a wider public and to provide impetus for school and non-school education work. Volume 1 contains important contributions and discussions from five nationwide seminars, each focusing on particular types of testimony: video interviews, artistic testimonies, written testimonies and autobiographical eyewitness literature as well as material from National Socialist trials.

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Teaching Human Rights - Publications on the connection between human rights education and history learning

Teaching Human Rights - Publications on the connection between human rights education and history learning

Teaching Human Rights

Funding programme for human rights education through history learning

Information and selected projects

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Activity Report 2011

Coming back to Crimea

Teaching human rights through the history of crimean tatars

 

Regional Charity Foundation “Resonance” (Lviv) starts the project “Still coming back to Crimea: exploring history and human right through media”.

 

The publication focuses on the human rights violation regarding the deportation of the Crimean Tatars during World War II and the involving denial of their right to return. In a corresponding project both the opportunity of exploring history and human rights are embedded. Its program allows Ukrainian adolescents to look at local history from a human right’s perspective and to refer to other human rights issues. Thus, the project is supposed to offer supplementary learning matter besides school curriculum and aims at raising awareness of minority rights among Ukrainian youth through the exploration, reflection and discussion on the basis of the Crimean Tatars’ history. The objectives, methodology, participants’ profile, results, experiences, and more concerning the project’s work are presented in this manual.

 

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Hitler’s Slaves

Life Stories of forced labourers in Nazi-occuopied Europe

 

Edited by ALEXANDER VON PLATO, ALMUT LEH, & CHRISTOPH THONFELD

 

During World War II at least 13.5 million people were employed as forced labourers in Germany and across the territories occupied by the German Reich. While there are numerous publications on forced labour in National Socialist Germany during World War II, this publication combines a historical account of events with the biographies and memories of former forced labourers from twenty-seven countries, offering a comparative international perspective. October 2010. 536 pages, 20 ills. Price: $95.00 / £55.00, ISBN 978-1-84545-698-6.

 

German Version

The german edition "Hitlers Sklaven" was published in 2008. 500 pages, price: 59 Euro, ISBN 978-3-205-77753-3.

Companion volume to the exhibition "Forced labor"

Published by Volkhard Knigge, Rikola-Gunnar Lüttgenau and Jens-Christian Wagner on behalf of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation

 

The exhibition "Forced labor. The germans, the forced laborers, and the war" tells the whole story of National Socialist forced labor and its post-1945 consequences for the first time. This volume documents the main aspects of the exhibition and presents numerous hitherto unknown historical photos and documents. Several accompanying articles offer more in-depth insight into current research on the history of National Socialist forced labor.

 

256 pages, 188 illustrations

Format: 20.5 x 27.5 cm, Paperback with thread stitching

Price: 19,80 Euro

ISBN English edition: 3-935598-18-1, ISBN German edition: 3-935598-17-3.

 

The catalog can be ordered at all bookstores or via the exhibition-website: www.ausstellung-zwangsarbeit.org

 

Foundation EVZ - The first decade

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Foundation has published a brochure entitled "Foundation EVZ – the first decade". The brochure documents the milestones in the different phases of the Foundation’s history: its creation, the payments programmes for former forced labourers and other victims of National Socialism, and the current funding activities. It also contains brief statements from prominent persons in the fields of politics, industry and society on the impact of the Foundation’s work.

 

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Pilot Studies: Hate Crimes in Germany, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Ukraine

2008-2010, Foundation EVZ initiated research projects on the situation of hate crime victims in Germany, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Ukraine. Analyzing the country-specific frameworks and the scope of the problem, the research reports show which civil society organizations support hate crime victims, and which funding and networking support those organizations themselves require.

 

The reports were published in the language of the respective country, as well as in English and in German. They stimulate not only discussion among relevant initiatives and organizations throughout Europe, but also initiate public debates over hate crimes, discrimination and everyday racism in the countries examined.

 

Nigdy Więcej, Opferperspektive e.V. (Eds.), Hate Crime Monitoring and Victim Assistance in Poland and Germany, Berlin 2009

Full Version (English; PDF-file; 1,5 MB)

Summaries: German (PDF-file; 330 KB) | Polish (PDF-file; 200 KB) | English (PDF-file; 540 KB)

 

Foundation EVZ, Kulturbüro Sachsen, In Iustitia (Eds.), Forgotten Victims. Hate Crimes and Victim Assistance in the Czech Republic, Berlin / Dresden / Prague 2010

Full Version (Czech; PDF-file; 4,2 MB)

Summaries: German (PDF-file; 560 KB) | English (PDF-file; 530 KB)

 

Europäischer Austausch (Hg.), Hate Crime in Ukraine. Victim groups and counselling programs of civil society actors, Berlin 2010

Full Versions: Ukrainian (PDF-file; 1,7 MB) | German (PDF-file; 1,4 MB)

Summariy: English (PDF-file; 220 KB)

 

ReachOut Berlin (Hg.), Hate Crime in Russland. Monitoring and Support for Victims of Racist Violence, Berlin 2010

Full Versions: German (PDF-file; 1 MB) | English (PDF-file; 530 KB)

Summary (English; PDF-file; 6,6 MB)

 

Abstracts and more publications on hate crime

evz12.wegewerk.org/eng/funding/human-rights/stop-hate-crime/publications/

 

Human Rights and History. A Challenge for Education

Rainer Huhle (ed.)

 

This volume elucidates the debates surrounding the historical development of human rights after 1945. The authors examine a number of specific human rights, including the prohibition of discrimination, freedom of opinion, the right to asylum and the prohibition of slavery and forced labor, to consider how different historical experiences and legal traditions shaped their formulation. Through the examples of Latin America and the former Soviet Union, they explore the connections between human rights movements and human rights education. Finally, they address current challenges in human rights education to elucidate the role of historical experience in education.

 

The publication of the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" was published in March 2010 and edited by Rainer Huhle. ISBN-13: 978-3-9810631-9-6. Berlin 2010, English, 196 pages.

 

Complete download (PDF-file: 1,3 MB)

Selected chapters:

ContentIntroduction, chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4

 

Human Trafficking in Germany. Strengthening Victim's Human Rights

Petra Follmar-Otto, Heike Rabe

 

The first study – "A human rights approach against human trafficking - International obligations and the status of implementation in Germany" – analyses how the prohibition of human trafficking and the resulting state obligations are anchored in human rights. The more recent specialised international agreements on human trafficking and law-making in the European Union are then presented. The emphasis is on the Council of Europe Convention, which professes to treat human trafficking in a human rights context. The study summarizes elements of a human rights approach against human trafficking and makes recommendations for further development of policies. ISBN: 978-3-937714-87-5. English, 96 pp. Berlin, September 2009.

 

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Europeans for Peace Documentation

International youth projects 2008/2009

 

For the fourth time young people from Germany and Central Europe, Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Israel examined current and historical human rights issues together. The theme of this year’s call for applications – “Origins and Diversity” inspired many partnerships to explore, for instance, the relationship between the history of individual families and 20th European century history or to examine problems associated with the coexistence of different cultures or ethnicities. The best projects – selected from a total of 71 partnerships funded by Foundation EVZ – are presented in detail in this report for the year 2008/2009 (English and German version).

 

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Learning and living democracy

Introducing quality assurance of education for democratic citizenship in schools

 

This publication presents an overview, from international perspectives, of the applicability and relevance of the Tool for Quality Assurance of Education for Democratic Citizenship in Schools, published jointly by UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the Centre for Educational Policies. Based on 10 country reports, it examines quality assurance requirements in the field of education for democratic citizenship (EDC) and compares the specific evaluation systems in those countries. It also provides a feasibility study on relevant conditions for implementing the Tool and aims to serve as a set of orientation guidelines for policy makers, a case study on implentation for researchers and a source book for education practitioners. ISBN: 978-92-871-6522-0. English, 340 pp. Strasbourg, February 2009.

Impulses for Europe. Tradition and Modernity of East European Jewry

Ray Brandon, Manfred Sapper, Volker Weichsel, Anna Lipphardt (eds.)

 

Anyone who talks about Jewish life and the Jewish heritage cannot ignore Eastern Europe. The East European Jews are a paragon of frontier crossings, transnationalism, and the transfer of religion, tradition, language, and culture. From the 18th century onwards, most of the world’s Jewish population lived in Eastern Europe. Between 1870 and the First World War, some 3.5 million Jewish emigrants left their homelands, predominantly the Russian Empire and Habsburgruled Galicia. This emigration was the starting point for the founding of new Jewish communities in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, and Palestine. The majority of American Jews are descended from East European Jewry. In Israel, this is the case for more than half of the Jewish population. Some 80 per cent of Jews living in the world today have roots in Eastern Europe. In addition, several topographic maps are available (see below).

ISBN: 978-3-8305-1556-2. 328 pp., 11 maps, 25 illustrations. Berlin 2008.

 

The publication is available at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO) and can be ordered on their website.

 

The book is also available as a PDF-file for download:

English version (PDF-file; 9.5 MB)

Map gallery

A Mutual Responsibility and a Moral Obligation

Final report on compensations programs of the remembrance, responsibility and future foundation

 

Michael Jansen, Günter Saathoff (eds.)

 

The book contains the final report of the Foundation EVZ, giving a comprehensive history of the country's use of slave labor during World War II and the complex process by which reparations for survivors were negotiated.

The report is available in bookstores. ISBN-10: 0230612644; ISBN-13: 978-0230612648. Basingstoke / New York 2009, 230 pp. and online.

 

Contents:

 

Final Report on the Compensation

Programs Portraits of Former Forced Labourers

Statement by Federal President Johannes Rau

The Law on the Creation of the Foundation

Announcement of the German American Agreement concerning the Foundation

Final report on compensations programs of the remembrance, responsibility and future foundation

 

Michael Jansen, Günter Saathoff (eds.)

 

The book contains the final report of the Foundation EVZ, giving a comprehensive history of the country's use of slave labor during World War II and the complex process by which reparations for survivors were negotiated.

The report is available in bookstores. ISBN-10: 0230612644; ISBN-13: 978-0230612648. Basingstoke / New York 2009, 230 pp. and online.

 

Contents:

 

Final Report on the Compensation

Programs Portraits of Former Forced Labourers

Statement by Federal President Johannes Rau

The Law on the Creation of the Foundation

Announcement of the German American Agreement concerning the Foundation

Final report on compensations programs of the remembrance, responsibility and future foundation

 

Michael Jansen, Günter Saathoff (eds.)

 

The book contains the final report of the Foundation EVZ, giving a comprehensive history of the country's use of slave labor during World War II and the complex process by which reparations for survivors were negotiated.

The report is available in bookstores. ISBN-10: 0230612644; ISBN-13: 978-0230612648. Basingstoke / New York 2009, 230 pp. and online.

 

Contents:

 

Final Report on the Compensation

Programs Portraits of Former Forced Labourers

Statement by Federal President Johannes Rau

The Law on the Creation of the Foundation

Announcement of the German American Agreement concerning the Foundation

Contact

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Press and public relations
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