Holocaust Education

In September 2022, a new joint project was launched by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (JCC), the EVZ Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF): the Holocaust Education funding program. As part of the "Follow-up Responsibilities for Reparations to Victims of Nationalist Socialist Persecution", financial resources are allocated to the project by the German Bundestag and made available to the EVZ Foundation or the JCC via the BMF.

Current Challenges and Needs

Antisemitic attacks have risen in recent years in Germany and worldwide. With the coronavirus pandemic, new conspiracy narratives emerged, in which antisemitic myths experienced an additional boost. At the same time, knowledge about the Holocaust is declining dramatically, as studies from various countries show. The end of the historical eyewitness testimony in the coming years will exacerbate this situation.


In view of these challenges, the "Holocaust Education" funding program was launched. It includes both single-year and multi-year projects, which are conducted by international organizations worldwide. They are dedicated to Holocaust education, i.e. teaching and learning about the Holocaust, from victim-centered perspectives in a variety of ways and include, among other things, the digitization and publication of documents such as historical eyewitness testimonies from Holocaust survivors, research and exhibition projects, continuing education programs for teachers, and educational projects for students and other target groups.

Project applications can only be submitted via the JCC website

Note: The deadline for applications for the calendar year 2025 was 1 March 2024.

Advisory Board

The international advisory board decides on project proposals submitted by the Jewish Claims Conference.

Eva-Maria Meyer, Head of Section, Federal Ministry of Finance (Chairwoman of the Advisory Board)
Prof. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute and Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University
Zvi Inbar, former Senior Consultant on Allocations at Jewish Claims Conference Jerusalem
Prof. Dr. Martin Lücke, University Professor Didactics of History at Freie Universität Berlin
Steve Schwager, former CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Patrick Siegele, Head of Sector Holocaust Education at the OeAD - Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation

Partner Portraits

  • Holocaust Education

    In 1951, the JCC was founded as an alliance of 23 international Jewish organizations to negotiate compensation with the German government for the crimes committed during the Holocaust. The result was the Luxembourg Agreement, which was agreed in 1952 between the JCC, Israel and the German government. Since then, the JCC has represented Jewish interests worldwide, with the exception of Israel, in regular negotiations with the BMF.

  • Holocaust Education

    Upon signing of the Luxembourg Agreement on September 10, 1952, the Federal Ministry of Finance assumed Germany's responsibility for the Nationalist Socialist crimes. To this day, payments are made to Holocaust survivors by the federal government. With the end of historical eyewitness testimony coming in a few years, there will be a focus on promoting historical lessons from and remembrance of the Holocaust.

  • Holocaust Education

    The mission of the EVZ Foundation is to commemorate the remembrance of the injustice of National Socialist persecution and to advocate human rights and international understanding. It supports projects within the framework of funding programs, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and Germany. In the Holocaust Education funding program, the EVZ Foundation is entrusted with the administrative and communicative support of the project due to its many years of expertise in the field.

Selected Projects

  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

    The temporary exhibition at the POLIN Museum in Warsaw is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began on April 19, 1943. The exhibition is based on historical eyewitness testimonies, diaries and other archival materials and is being developed in cooperation with the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, the Ghetto Fighters' House Lohamei HaGeta'ot and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

  • Melbourne Holocaust Museum

    The Melbourne Holocaust Museum is planning to build a permanent exhibition of the Children's Museum for visitors aged 10 to 14. The exhibition will convey essential aspects of the Holocaust, such as the rise of Antisemitism, life under Nationalist Socialist rule, survival in secret hiding places and the reconstruction of a new life after the Holocaust. Using objects and multimedia, the stories of seven Holocaust survivors living in Melbourne will be presented.

Selected Projects

Explore some of the projects supported by the Holocaust Education program.


  1. Preservation of Music

    The Fondazione Istituto Di Letteratura Musicale Concentrazionaria is dedicated to music composed in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Primary sources are collected, and pieces of music are recorded and transcribed. A publication and a digital database are also being created. 
    To the Project


  2. Latvian Rescuers

    The memorial for Zhanis Lipke, who saved Jews during the Holocaust, is located in his old home. Teaching materials as well as short films about Latvian rescuers are produced in the funded education program Silent Heros of the memorial.
    To the Memorial


  3. Remembering by Encounters

    In the Testimony Theater project "To Tell in Order to Live" pupils meet Holocaust survivors and representatives of the second generation, who share their personal stories. This forms the basis for theather plays which are performed together.
    To the project


  4. Visualization

    Parallel Stories Cultural Organization is developing an interactive Augmented Reality experience. Users can see overlays of archive images, holograms and 3D animations on their mobile devices in the Jewish quarter of Budapest. This renders, what is otherwise invisible, visible. 
    To the project

  5. Remembrance

    Living Room Conversations with Holocaust Survivors is ogranized by Zikaron BaSalon. The Living Room Conversations podcast, events on the November pogrom and much more will expand the project of international exchange and dignified remembrance.

    To the website

  6. Jewish Curaçao

    The Jewish Cultural Historical Museum is creating three exhibitions: about Curaçao during World War II, George Maduro – the Jewish resistance fighter from Curaçao – and the story of Anne Frank.
    Find out more

  7. Living in Hiding

    The National WWII Museum has opened the "Liberation Pavilion" with two funded exhibitions: And then They Came for Me is about life in the underground and the liberation of the camps, as well as the Liberation Theater, which presents testimonies from survivors and liberators.
    To the pavilion


  8. Memorial Sites

    The Center for Jewish Art documents and researches Jewish visual culture. The pilot phase is being funded for the development of a database which records all Holocaust monuments. This also documents the status of existing memorial sites and places of remembrance.
    To the Center for Jewish Art


  9. Jewish Cultural Assets

    The Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project Foundation promotes the documentation, collection and development of Jewish cultural assets, stolen by the National Socialists and their allies. The completion of the database and research is funded for this purpose.
    To the project


  10. Historical Eyewitnesses

    The Leo Baeck Institute has produced the second season of its podcast Exile. It is based on testimonies of Jews who lived in Canada, the USA and Germany before World War II and their views on growing antisemitism and fascism.
    To the podcast


Theme Channel

  • In this theme channel, we will share interviews, debates and reports dealing with aspects and discourses of Holocaust education here and on other portals. We start with an article about the photo project "Humans of the Holocaust" from Erez Kaganovitz. We talked to him about his photos and his view of Holocaust education.

Explore the Theme Channel


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