local.history international

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.


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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Supported projects

Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania, Romania

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


BURNING CONSCIENCE Exhibition Support Foundation "Breaking the Silence", Latvia

"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


Fundacja na rzecz Wielkich Historii, Poland

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


Fundacja Nomina Rosae Ogrod Kultury Dawnej, Poland

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


NGO Center for Studies of Memory Policy and Public History "Mnemonics“, Ukraine

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


Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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


Nansen Dialogue Centre, Croatia

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


DMO Albania, Albania

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


Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland

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