The Foundation EVZ aims to anchor the history of forced labour under National Socialism in the German and European culture of remembrance. The victims are given a voice and their experiences of National Socialism are preserved for future generations. The Foundation is also helping develop a culture of remembrance for the German migration society. It is channelling the lessons learned from experiences of violence in the 20th century into the international debate. The Foundation is also raising awareness of the Jewish contribution to German and European history.


Funding activities


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.

Young People Remember

New Funding program for bi- and multilateral Youth Encounters at Historical Sites of National Socialist Persecution and Extermination.

digital // memory

How tenable is our consensus on culture of remembrance? Are we in need of fresh approaches to remembrance? How are the new media altering our image of the past? We address these questions in its “digital // memory” funding programme designed to develop and test digital formats for historical-civic education.

Migration and Remembrance Culture

Germany society faces diverse challenges in a world increasingly shaped by globalisation and migration. Immigration and emigration have also sparked new scientific and pedagogical discussions about how to address history in a manner appropriate to contemporary society.

Forced labour and forgotten victims

The funding program „Forced Labourers and Forgotten Victims“, established in 2014, funds projects that confront the history of National Socialist forced labour and other “forgotten” victims of National Socialism.

Education with Testimonies

Educational work with the testimonies of victims of National Socialism

Encounters with former Forced Labourers and other Victims

Encounters with victims of National Socialism make possible a gesture of reconciliation and keep the memory of the National Socialist injustices alive.

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