Migration and culture of remembrance

The program is aimed at community organizations in Germany with experience of antisemitism as well as racism. The focus is on the critical examination of the history of National Socialism from self-determined narrative forms of the Jewish perspectives, those of the Sinti and/or Roma and of black and migrant communities. The aim is to promote cultures of remembrance in a way that is inclusive and also practical, to relate the discourse about National Socialist remembrance to the realities of life today and to keep the memory of National Socialist injustice alive.

Frauen im Schatten der Guillotine (Women in the Shadow of the Guillotine)

What do the project sponsor and the EVZ Foundation intend to achieve?

More than 40 Polish women were executed for high treason in the Plötzensee Prison between 1939 and 1945. Who were they? Why were they executed? The project "Frauen im Schatten der Guillotine" (Women in the Shadow of the Guillotine) focuses on a group of National Socialist victims that has fallen into oblivion. Biographies of 24 Polish women who were persecuted and murdered are compiled in workshops, documented on a website, and artistically presented in an exhibition.

Who is involved, and whom does the project reach?

Alongside Ambasada Polek e.V., the project sponsors and partners are the Rainbow Factory cultural center in Berlin,
the Dziewuchy BERLIN group, and the International Council of Polish Women. The project, which is based in
Berlin, reaches people in Germany, Poland, and worldwide with its website and an exhibition on the women's biographies it has compiled, as well as thanks to lively social media activities.

Why is the Foundation funding this project in particular?

Until now, the stories of the persecution and murder of Polish women under National Socialism have been only marginally known. The project brings these stories to the public's attention. The project also makes an important contribution to the feminist and LGBTIQ+ perspective: Polish women were not only Eastern or forced laborers and victims of war. They were also fighters. 

Project sponsor: Ambasada Polek e. V.
Funding period: 2023-2024
Funding amount: 40.206 Euro
Funding Country: Deutschland

Perspectives on the Past and the Present – a multilingual history workshop on radio

What does the EVZ Foundation intend to achieve with the project?

In the project, gaps in narratives of dealing with the history of National Socialism from the perspective of people with a migration history and refugees are rendered more audible and visible. Making radio programs together supports the collective historical awareness. The project also includes: Visits to memorial sites, local searches for traces of National Socialist history in Halle, as well as conversations with historical eyewitnesses.

Who’s involved, and who does the project reach?

The multilingual history workshop is implemented by and with people who have experienced migration and refugees as part of the Radio Corax platform. It reaches out to history enthusiasts nationwide across communities.

Why is the Foundation supporting this project in particular?

The history workshop opens up a multi-perspective examination of National Socialist history. It sheds light on its ongoing effects and explores the question of how memory/memories can be shaped in society as a whole.

Project sponsor: Common Voices Radio des Radio Corax e. V. in Halle (Saale)
Duration of the project: 2021-2023
Funding amount: EUR 57,995
Funding country: Germany
Websites: wir-erinnern.radiocorax.de

“Virtual Remembrance“: Memories of Sinti and Roma

What is the EVZ Foundation aiming to achieve with this project?

The educational content on the historical site of the culture of remembrance in memory of the Sinti and Roma in Europe murdered in the National Socialist regime will be expanded to include digital formats, thereby making it accessible to a wider section of the public.

Who is involved in the project, and who is it reaching?

In the project, Sinti and Roma are asked about cross-generational commemoration and about how their life realities are interconnected with it.

Why is the EVZ supporting this particular project?

The project strengthens the perspective of the Sinti and Roma; self-determined access to the topic can be created and the format provides the opportunity to reach different people.
The audiovisual materials will be prepared in more than one language (German and English) and for the first time in Romenes (the language of German Sinti and Roma) and made available on the website.

Project sponsor: Gedenkstätte Zwangslager Berlin-Marzahn e.V. [Berlin-Marzahn Forced Camp Memorial Site]
Duration of the project: 01.10.2021 - 01.04.2023
Funding amount: 38,500 Euro
Funding country: Germany
Project website: www.gedenkstaette-zwangslager-marzahn.de I www.sinti-roma-berlin.de

"(In)visible stories - Maghreb forced laborers in the National Socialist era"

What is the EVZ Foundation aiming to achieve with this project?

The aim of the project is to relate the little-known story of the Maghreb forced laborers under National Socialism in the communities, to disseminate it and to remember them.

Who is involved in the project, and who is it reaching?

In continuous networking meetings, people with an interest in Maghreb history address the history of National Socialism, the National Socialist involvement of Maghreb soldiers as well as colonialism. National memorial sites as well as regional places of remembrance are visited in this connection.

Why is the EVZ supporting this particular project?

This project looks at the National Socialist period from a little-known perspective and highlights new aspects. In the course of the project a website will be created in which the content and activities of the project will be published.

Project sponsor: Zukunft Plus - Verein für gesellschaftliche Partizipation e.V. Düsseldorf [Future Plus - Association for Societal Participation]
Duration of the project: 01.09.2021 - 01.01.2023
Funding amount: 58,975 Euro
Funding country: Germany
Project website: Under construction I www.denkort-bunker-valentin.de

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Magdalena Lovrić

Senior Project Manager

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-20
E-Mail: lovric@stiftung-evz.de