EVZ Conversations!

EVZ Conversations! of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future is a digital and on-site discussion format and event series. It brings together people in the areas of politics, civil society and business from the EVZ Foundation's networks in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe as well as Israel – in public discussion events, background and expert talks or in creative and artistic formats.

The focus is on topics that are socially relevant and closely linked to the EVZ Foundation's mission and work.

In 2022, we launched the discussion series and talked with our guests, for example about the consequences of the war in Ukraine on the culture of remembrance, the situation of human rights activists in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia as well as the abduction of Ukrainian children by Russia.

You can find the best-of videos and complete recordings of past events on our YouTube channel.

Uprooted – Children in War: Strengthen Victims, Punish Perpetrators (09/2023)

The abduction of children is one of the most cruel war crimes committed by Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine. Together with experts, we examined various legal, political and social aspects. How are these war crimes carried out? What happens to the stolen children? Who can get them back and how can the perpetrators be brought to justice?

To the event video (short version)

Marieluise Beck

There won’t be any accountability for the responsible persons if Ukraine does not win the war.
Marieluise Beck

The event was held in cooperation with the Maxim Gorki Theater.

The event was held in cooperation with the Maxim Gorki Theater.


Panelists of episode 7

  • © Stefan Lengsfeld

    Easteurope Expert, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Zentrum Liberale Moderne

  • © Valentyn Kuzan

    Executive director, Kyiv Educational Center "Tolerspace"

  • © Dr. Elīna Šteinerte

    Academic and Human Rights Lawyer

  • © Amelie Losiér/Raum 11

    Chief Executive Offer of the EVZ Foundation

Civil Societies under Pressure – a conversation with Nobel Peace Prize laureates (06/2023)

In a hybrid event, representatives of the three Nobel Peace Prize laureate organizations of 2022 discussed the human rights situation in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and the different challenges faced by the respective civil societies since the full-scale Russian war of aggression in the three countries.

To the event video (short version)

Oleksandra Matviichuk

Putin is not afraid of NATO, he is afraid of freedom, or of the idea of freedom, because it’s right on the border with Russia.
Oleksandra Matviichuk

The following took part in the discussions:

  • Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, Ukraine (digital)
  • Natallia Pinchuk, wife of the imprisoned Ales Bialiatski, Belarus (digital)
  • Irina Scherbakowa, Historian, Founding Member and Head of the youth and educational programs of Memorial, Russia

Moderation: Dr. Andrea Despot, Chief Executive Officer of the EVZ Foundation

The event was carried out in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the context of its annual theme 2023|24 "Project: Enlightenment!".

The event was carried out in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the context of its annual theme 2023|24 "Project: Enlightenment!".

Panelists of episode 6

The Russian war against Ukraine. Consequences for politics of memory (02/2023)

The instrumentalization of history by Russia in the war of aggression against Ukraine has far-reaching consequences for the European culture of remembrance. Experts from politics, academia and civil society discussed how certainties in the culture of remembrance are increasingly called into question and what needs to be done to address this issue.


Anatolii Podolskyi

It is the policy of modern Russia to instrumentalize the past and to erase Ukraine as a subject from this past. It is obvious that the Russian Federation has been preparing this war during the last 20 years.
Anatolii Podolskyi

Panelists of episode 5

  • © J. Konrad Schmidt

    Minister of State for Culture

  • © privat

    Director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in Kyjiw

  • © Arolsen Archives/Nikolai Marcinowski

    Director of the Arolsen Archives

More episodes

How is Putin instrumentalizing history in the war of aggression against Ukraine? And what challenges does memory work face in times of war? These and other topics were covered in past episodes of EVZ Conversations!

Discover all past episodes


Péter Adamik

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Sonja Folsche

Digital and Events Management

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Head of Communications

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