With the local.history funding program, the EVZ Foundation supports local and regional history initiatives from Central and Eastern Europe in implementing projects to reappraise and remember the era of National Socialism and the Second World War. The funded projects thematically examine places, people, and events from National Socialist history. In the process, particular attention is paid to Nazi forced labor and the persecution of various people and population groups under National Socialism. The participatory involvement of local stakeholders and various target groups along with targeted public relations work create a contemporary and inclusive culture of remembrance. It is important to the EVZ Foundation that, in doing so, links to current debates within society are taken up and questions regarding history are asked from today’s perspective.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXECUTING AGENCIES NOT BASED IN GERMANY
The EVZ Foundation aims to facilitate critical examination of National Socialist history at the regional level. The thematic references depend on the respective countries and regions. Applications can be made from any country in Europe, particularly Central and Eastern Europe. Organizations from Germany may not apply. They can, however, be part of the project as a cooperation partner. Further information can be found in the call for applications.
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The Holocaust and the Stories of the Romanian Jews and Roma
The project will develop an exhibition that tells the stories of Jews and Roma from six regions of Romania. The sites were chosen to show the many facets of the Holocaust in Romania, with a particular focus on areas where there are few or no local memories of the Holocaust. The project involves participatory work with students, and the results are made freely available digitally.
Project duration: January 2021 - January 2023
"Breaking the Silence": An audiovisual performance about 200 murdered Jews from the city of Cēsis and the Jewish heritage of the region
The aim of the project is to raise society's awareness of the traumatic legacy of the totalitarian past, especially the Holocaust, with a focus on local history. This will be implemented with the help of contemporary audiovisual art performances and art objects in the public space of the city of Cēsis and podcasts by artists. The highlight of the project will be the art performance "SILENCE FALLS" in August 2022 in a forest near Cēsis.
Project duration: January 2021 - October 2022
Chłopaki Znad Morza, Poland
Local events of the history of National Socialism and culture of remembrance in Ustronie Morskie
The project focuses on the place Ustronie Morskie (formerly Henkenhagen), especially the former forced labor camp. Tracing and art workshops, public discussions and an exhibition are planned, as well as a publication. The target group is the local population, but also pupils and students from the region.
Project duration: January 2021 - January 2023
Jewish life in Otwock and Falenica: creation of a website with AR elements
The project focuses on the representation of Jewish life in two Warsaw suburban communities important for Polish Jewry: Otwock and Falenica. The information about the contemporary Jewish communities will be collected by young people and historians in local schools. There will be Polish, English and Hebrew versions of the interactive guide and map presenting local Jewish places. In addition, a website will be developed using AR technology.
Project duration: January 2021 - November 2022
Life in Nowy Sącz under the German occupation: creating a virtual map with educational materials
The aim of the project is to create a virtual map depicting the changes in the city of Nowy Sącz and in the lives of its citizens caused by the German occupation and policies. The map will be created in English and Polish. As part of the project, teachers and schools of all levels, including senior citizens, will be addressed.
Project duration: January 2021 - April 2022
Unknown Stories of the Rescue of Persecuted Persons of the Nazi Dictatorship and the Interethnic Conflict in Volhynia: Graphic Novels, Podcasts and Summer Schools
Examples of the rescue of persecuted persons of National Socialism (Jews, Roma, prisoners of war, "Ostarbeiter") and the interethnic conflict in Volhynia between Poles and Ukrainians during the Second World War, which are unknown to the public, are presented. The focus is on exchange and dialogue. The project is aimed at schools and non-formal education providers.
Project duration: February 2021 - November 2022
Exhibition about the German occupation, the Ustasha and the situation of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1941 and 1945
In the project, young people will research the situation of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1941 and 1945 using previously untapped archival material. The goal is to develop an exhibition on this topic in cooperation with the Historical Museum and to show it in different cities.
Project duration: February 2021 - December 2022
Critical examination of persecution of minorities in the Independent State of Croatia and contemporary racism
The persecution of minorities (Jews, Roma and Serbians) in the Independent State of Croatia, which existed from 1941 to 1945, will be examined and continuities with contemporary phenomena such as hate speech, discrimination and racism will be elaborated within the framework of various educational activities, such as workshops, seminars, further education and an exhibition.
Project duration: May 2021 - September 2022
History of the survivors of the Mauthausen concentration camp from Albania: Documentation, traveling exhibition and educational offers
The aim of the project is to document the history of the Albanian survivors of the Mauthausen concentration camp and to make it more publicly known. The focus is on creating an educational offer for younger generations, working with selected biographies and family stories. The project will be set up as a "living archive room" in the National Historical Museum of Albania in Tirana. In addition, the work will be documented in a film and published on a website.
Project duration: March 2021 - December 2022
Multimedia exhibition and digital educational materials about Helena Bohle-Szacka
The project with a local focus on the city of Łódź focuses on the biography of Helena Bohle-Szacka: an artist, fashion and graphic designer, but also a concentration camp survivor. The interdisciplinary approach via textiles makes it possible to open up new target groups for the topics of persecution and Nazi forced labor. An artistic exhibition is being created, which, like the educational material, will be available online.
Project duration: February 2021 - August 2022
Roma Culture and Media Center "BARIKANIPE'' – Skopje, North Macedonia
Roma from North Macedonia during the Second World War: testimonies, seminars for young people and a digital exhibition with art works
In the project, young Roma are familiarized with the topic of the Second World War with a focus on events in which Roma were involved. The project consists of several components: The collection and publication of testimonies of older Roma who tell about life during the war in Macedonia, as well as the creation of an online exhibition in which the artistic works of the participants are presented to the public.
Project duration: February 2021 - August 2022
Virtual Museum of the Prisoner of War Camp Stalag 352 in Minsk, Belarus
The project commemorates the prisoners of war in the former prison camp Stalag 352 in the suburbs in Minsk, today called Masyukovshchyna. The goal is to make the history of Stalag 352 accessible to the public and to visualize it. In addition to a multimedia digital application, which can also be used as a virtual guide for visitors to the campsite, events are held on the site to make the neglected place usable for the local communities.
Project duration: February 2021 - April 2022
The virtual representation of the genocide of the Romani in the Transcarpathian region
The project focuses on the genocide of the Romani from the Transcarpathian region and their discrimination today. Planned are the creation of a virtual museum with four thematic areas and video guides as well as the creation of a virtual interactive map with five key locations of Romani persecution and matching audio guides. Interviews with Romani people from the region will serve as a basis for the project. The project will be complemented by a summer school dealing with the history of the Romani and the Romani genocide - the Porajmos.
Project duration: February 2021 – August 2022
Development of four local and interactive IWalk app history walks in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands
With the support of experts, students and teachers develop digital history walks (IWalks). The aim is to look at the Holocaust as a whole, but also at the local implications. The goal is to engage with local history and memory within a broader European context to understand interdependencies, similarities, and local specificities. It is an international cooperation of the regions: Hungary - Baja (Southwest Hungary); Czech Republic - Ceský Tešín (Moravian-Silesian Region); Germany - Cottbus; the Netherlands - Amsterdam (Jodenbuurt - Hollandsche Schouwburg). The video testimonies from the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation are the basis for the elaboration of the tours.
Project duration: February 2021 - July 2022
Remember. Never forget: Jewish Life in the Countryside in Eastern Belarus. Reception on-site, in regional museums, and history books
In the project, Jewish history is researched as part of the general local history and integrated into the educational program of the regional museums. In the process, current social problems such as racism and Anti-Semitism are brought into focus. All activities on the topic of "Jewish life" will be implemented in small towns in the Mogilev region. Biographical works, contemporary testimonies, workshops, various art formats, and media are planned. The project will be supplemented with a history competition at schools.
Project duration: March 2021 - March 2022
Digital tours about the history of the Holocaust and World War II in four Ukrainian cities
Digital history walks are going to be developed in four Ukrainian cities in cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies. The tours will be based on the testimonies from the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation. The history walks will be accessible on various devices in the form of a website with video interviews and additional educational materials. In addition, peer guides will be trained to accompany the school classes on the tours.
Project duration: March 2021 - August 2022
Online campaign and development of a history hike to commemorate women and members of various minorities involved in the Slovak National Uprising
The project will develop a campaign to document and process the participation of women, Romani, Ruthenians, and other minorities in the Slovak national uprising based on individual personal stories. The results of the corresponding research will be disseminated in an online campaign, which is intended to interest young people. The results will be used to create an educational trail documenting the events at the authentic sites.
Project duration: March 2021 – December 2021
Creation of a local social archive and exhibition: diverse memories of the Second World War and its aftermath in the municipality of Wojslawice, Poland
Within the framework of the project, a local social archive is created, which will collect the many-voiced memories of former and current residents of the Wojslawice municipality, including memories of Nazi victims from various ethnic and social groups. An exhibition is being prepared. In addition, educational material will be produced, and local guides will be trained.
Project duration: April 2021 – April 2023
Multimedia app with a tour of the site of the former concentration camp Staro Sajmište (Belgrade)
The project aims to raise critical awareness of the local history of the Holocaust in Belgrade. Together with historians and artists from Serbia and Germany, students create an app with a multimedia walk on the grounds of the former concentration camp Staro Sajmište. The app will be developed in a series of interdisciplinary and multimedia workshops.
Project duration: April 2021 – January 2022
NPO - Association for the Preservation and Reconstruction of Cultural Treasures "Skrischal" in Novgorod, Russia
Theatre Performance: Forgotten Victims of National Socialism - Murder of mentally ill and disabled people in Russia and Belarus
In the project, the forgotten victims of National Socialism - the patients of psychiatric hospitals in Russia, Belarus, and Germany - are given a voice with the help of theatre. People with disabilities will be active both as audience and as actors. The play will be shown in Russian, German, and Belarusian cities. A video version and a multilingual information website will be created to expand the audience.
Project duration: April 2021 – March 2023