In order to react promptly to the current challenges facing society and drive the strategic development of the Foundation forward, EVZ expanded is designing new methods and forward-looking funding formats. The term “expanded” stands for a committed and “expanded” team that dares to tackle new issues methodically and topically: the Think-and-Do Tank, consisting of three women, supplements the long-term funding programmes in collaboration with our colleagues in the three fields of activity of the EVZ Foundation.
Civil Society in the US and Europe witness a virulent climate in politics. The rise of nationalistic, illiberal, and racist ideologies and movements emerges as a disturbing fact. Antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate continue to have a central role in the repertoire of these hate groups. Therefore, Jews and Muslims are particularly affected by this climate. These developments at the same time jeopardize our democracies and the rule of law.
Alliances between Jews and Muslims can be seen as one strategy to counter ideologies of inequality. By solidarity actions, we can raise a different narrative in the societies that are increasingly polarized and divided. Muslims and Jews can protect their rights and (religious) freedoms better if they ally.
EVZ Foundation and Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism (KIgA) want to award inspiring individuals, initiatives, projects, or organizations from the grassroots level, which take actions.
The Prize, an unconditional donation of € 5.000, will be awarded to one actor from Germany and one from the US at a ceremony in November 2019.
Together with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University, the EVZ Foundation is examining remembrance culture in Germany as part of a study. The first round of findings was presented at a press conference in February 2018. The study titled “MEMO Deutschland – Multidimensionaler Erinnerungsmonitor” (MEMO Germany – Multidimensional Memory Monitor), measures how people living in Germany remember the period of National Socialism. The first round of findings was presented at a press conference in February 2018. Based on the study, memories of the Second World War are shaped by family stories. According to one of the findings of a representative survey of more than 1,000 people, the number of helpers in the narratives is just as high as the number of perpetrators. In another finding, respondents claim that there are more victims than perpetrators to be found among their own families – a claim that will require further discussion.
The results of the second study were published in April 2019.
MEMO study 2018 (english version)
Liberal democracies offer their citizens a degree of prosperity unlike any other political system, and yet, people have become increasingly critical of democracy on an operational level. In response to this development, the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform and the EVZ Foundation organized the “Who is responsible for democracy?” series, which aimed to spark open and controversial debate on the role of business in conjunction with politics and organized civil society. Participants in the rst trialogue “Democracy and a market economy: strong only together?” included Robert Habeck, the federal co-chair of Germany’s Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN.
Further information on the Trialog series can be found here.