Education Agenda NS-Injustice
On the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), the EVZ Foundation launched a new project in June 2021: the Education Agenda NS-Injustice. Initial financial resources have been released by the German Bundestag for the project as part of the "Follow-up Responsibilities for Reparations to Victims of National Socialist Persecution" (Chapter 0801, Title 685 31) and will be made available to the Foundation via the BMF.
Current Challenges & Needs
The critical examination of National Socialist injustice and its continuities and the historical-political educational work about this period will depend on forms conveyed by the media. Without the generation of survivors and with increasing temporal distance, knowledge of National Socialist history and the Holocaust is on the decrease. At the same time, there has been a worrying increase in antisemitism, antigypsyism and racism. Antisemitic, antigypsy and racially motivated acts of violence and attacks, such as the recent attacks in Hanau and Halle, are occurring with increasing frequency.
The Education Agenda NS-Injustice is intended to contribute to the current social and political challenges in historical-political education on National Socialist injustice in Germany and Europe. Historically aware, activating communication of the lessons learned from the National Socialist past and the visualization of experiences of those affected by persecution, are intended to reinforce democratic attitudes, and counteract antisemitism, antigypsyism, racism and LGBTIQ hostility.
The planned projects are intended to bring to light the fate of persecuted people and groups, with a special focus on those who have received less public attention so far. Be it
- Jews, Roma and Sinti,
- people persecuted because of their sexual orientation,
- people with disabilities,
- forced laborers,
- stolen children,
- people persecuted politically, religiously and as “asocial”,
- civilian victims of German occupation policy.
Or be it resistance fighters, helpers and rescuers during the time of National Socialism, the Holocaust and during World War II in Europe.
The history of Germany in the post-war period, especially with regard to coping with the consequences of the war, the processes of civic and political reappraisal of the genocides after the end of World War II in Germany (keyword: reparation policy) will also be examined.
First Phase 2021
The project is designed as a multi-year program with four funding priorities: In the first phase in 2021, calls for applications will initially fund exemplary projects of nationwide significance and European dimension. Based on this, program lines will be developed in a planned second funding period to be implemented between 2022-2024.
Cultural Learning Spaces:
Goal: To enable emotional, empathy-promoting and low-threshold access to the history of National Socialism and to the history of coming to terms with and reappraising the National Socialist era, as well as to highlight historical continuities and link the past and present, and to reach new target groups
a) by supporting cultural institutions in Germany. These develop cultural, multidimensional educational projects, in which an artistic and creative critical examination of persecution and the learning and understanding that can be derived from it takes place. This involves young people in different (urban) communities who have few or no family biographical connections to National Socialist history.
b) by funding (digital and/or hybrid) public exhibitions on the topic with a national and European appeal, which are intended to pick up on stories of persecution in German or European remembrance culture that have received less attention to date. The perspectives of survivors and their descendants are thereby included.
Digital Learning Spaces:
Remembrance 4.0: Enable exemplary new digital tools and formats for contemporary education by the targeted funding of nationwide cooperation between historians, educators, and civic tech stakeholders. The aim is to reach increasingly tech-savvy target groups.
Enable knowledge transfer and intervention competencies to relevant professional groups in Germany in the form of qualification offers. These offers are understood as lifelong learning activities to enhance skills, knowledge and/or competences regarding personal, civic and/or job-related perspectives.
They enable and empower students to recognize historically grounded contexts, to acquire relevant systematic historical knowledge and historical awareness, and to promote value-based action in the present.
Promote collective remembrance of the pan-European dimension of National Socialist injustice.
The collaborative projects in this area have a transnational and innovative focus and are intended to strengthen cohesion in Europe.
The projects raise diversity awareness, anti-discriminatory attitudes and democratic competencies as well as European networking and cooperation in the field of historical-political education in Europe.
Advisory Board & Structured Dialogue
Project proposals are regularly submitted to an international advisory board consisting of representatives of the Board of Trustees of the EVZ Foundation and the BMF.
The program is accompanied by a structured, multilateral dialogue with relevant practitioners, various civil society stakeholders, experts, and representatives of victims of National Socialism, persecuted groups and their descendants.