The program enables young people to enter into a critical examination of history. Transnational learning at historical sites of National Socialist persecution and extermination and also matters of European culture(s) of remembrance are at the center of the program. Funding is provided for memorial sites, educational institutions and NGOs in Germany, Europe and Israel.
The Young People Remember funding program will be financed from Federal Foreign Office funds in the years 2020 to 2022.
Coming to terms with the National Socialist tyranny and combating racism, antisemitism, antigypsyism and homophobia are important foundations of our democracy and our free society. Supported formats are bilateral and multilateral youth encounters and exchange of expertise at and in terms of historical sites of National Socialist persecution and extermination as well as development and testing of digital formats. With the program, lesser-known places of remembrance and learning in Europe are made accessible for historical-political education over the long term.
International encounters between young people strengthen their factual knowledge of causes, developments and the dimensions of National Socialist crimes. Through personal encounters at historical sites as well as the critical examination of historical events and experiences, the EVZ Foundation intends to contribute to strengthening European thinking. The focus of this funding line is the development and testing of new methods and formats for encounters between young people. The projects focus on history, historical awareness and the relationship to the world of young people.
International encounters at authentic sites of National Socialist persecution facilitate historical, intercultural and contemporary learning. However, they also represent a particular challenge for educators from the formal and non-formal educational sphere. For this reason, project participants develop innovative methods and formats of political-historical education in international contexts in an exemplary manner. The projects are low-threshold, non-discriminatory and have a real-life approach. In this context, participation and equality of access are also addressed as key challenges in an increasingly heterogeneous society.
The transfer of knowledge and information as well as the confrontation with National Socialism now take place increasingly via digital formats and channels. Consequently, in the digital formats funding line, blended learning concepts for international exchange are in the process of development: virtual offerings for concrete memorial sites, (prototypes of) serious games, apps and tools combine digital methods with the authenticity of sites and historical experiences. The resulting applications provide individual and low-threshold, in part playful and in part creative, approaches to the issue of National Socialist history and the Holocaust. Here again, participation as well as target group orientation are the guiding principles for the program. In this way, the EVZ Foundation enhances approaches to solving educational challenges in the digital age. Digital formats for the culture of remembrance are implemented, tested, evaluated and further developed on a European scale.
The Foundation aims to get young people interested in local history and stories and to create inclusive places of learning. In this way, forgotten places that were part of Jewish life and National Socialist injustices in the border area between Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany will be made visible and preserved.
Young adults (18–28 years of age) from all over Europe are participating in the project, which is a cooperation between Hillersche Villa Zittau, the Jewish community of Liberec, the Jewish community in Dresden, Vereinigung junger Freiwilliger (Association of Young Volunteers), HATiKVA e.V., Besht Yeshiva Dresden, European Heritage Volunteers, and the city of Zittau.
The project covers a wide range of topics, including Jewish life, the Holocaust, National Socialist “euthanasia,” and Soviet prisoners of war. It is also setting up the “Jüdischer Friedhof in Zittau” (Jewish Cemetery of Zittau), which is a digital, inclusive place of learning, as well as cross-border partnerships in Central Eastern Europe. The trilateral project is being funded together with the Federal Foreign Office as part of the Young People Remember project.
Duration of the project: 2020–2022
Funding amount: EUR 40,525
Funding countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Germany
Project website: www.mazewa.eu
The Foundation endeavors to bring about cross-border civil society dialog, especially in times of political tension.
Young educators as well as activists from Germany, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are jointly developing approaches and methods for educational and commemorative work. The focus is on how the different historical narratives in the participating countries are handled.
With innovative hybrid formats and new approaches to commemoration, the project supports the development of a transnational European culture of remembrance.
Project sponsor: Educat e.V. Berlin
Duration of the project: 2021–2022
Funding amount: 75,248 Euro
Funding countries: Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia
Project website: cultures-of-remembrance.tilda.ws
The game draws attention to a little-noticed chapter in National Socialist history in Central Europe and focuses especially on the issue of "resistance against National Socialism".
The game works with historical-archival materials and with a biographical-family-historical approach. It promotes a clear positioning against the mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization of minorities among the players.
Contemporary historical-political education requires international and interdisciplinary cooperation. The cooperation of educational institutions and NGOs with civic tech players is a prerequisite for shaping a digital culture of remembrance.
Project sponsor: Živá Pamĕť o.p.s., Prag
Duration of the project: 2021–2022
Funding amount: 58,708 Euro
Funding countries: Germany, Czech Republic
Project website: traintosachsenhausen.com
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