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DR HARALD BRAUN RESIGNS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Foto: Raum 11/Amelié Losier

DR HARALD BRAUN RESIGNS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the EVZ Foundation, former State Secretary Dr Harald Braun, resigned his office at the end of May 2019 for personal reasons: “A serious case of illness in my immediate family is forcing me to set priorities that will prevent me from continuing to chair the Board of Trustees adequately in the foreseeable future. For this reason, I have informed Chancellor Merkel of my resignation from this function.” The Board of Trustees met on 19 June for the first time in Gdansk, Poland. Until a new chairman can be selected, Dr Braun will be deputised by Dr Jörg Freiherr Frank von Fürstenwerth.
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ACTIVITY REPORT 2018 PUBLISHED

ACTIVITY REPORT 2018 PUBLISHED

The EVZ Foundation, its activity report just published, can reflect on an exciting year: many videos and galleries show highlights from last year's funding activities. For the first time, we are showing quotes from project participants and partners who describe their experiences from EVZ-funded projects. The EVZ Foundation team would like to thank all its supporters and partners for their dedicated cooperation in the past year!
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News from the funding programmes

FUNDING THE FIRST GERMAN VERSION OF AN INTERACTIVE DIGITAL HISTORICAL EYEWITNESS

Quelle: USC Shoah Foundation

FUNDING THE FIRST GERMAN VERSION OF AN INTERACTIVE DIGITAL HISTORICAL EYEWITNESS

Thanks to funding by the EVZ Foundation, the USC Shoah Foundation is creating the first German version of a digital historical eyewitness. To this end, Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch answered some 1,000 questions about her life before a multi-perspective camera installation in London at the end of March. Once the film material has been edited, language recognition software will enable questions to be asked and answered interactively.
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NEW FINDINGS FROM THE “MEMO GERMANY” STUDY

NEW FINDINGS FROM THE “MEMO GERMANY” STUDY

On 11 April 2019, the EVZ Foundation, together with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at the University of Bielefeld, presented the results of the second round of “MEMO Germany - Multidimensional Memory Monitor”. The representative study shows that although Germans wish to remember the time of National Socialism, they are increasingly losing touch with history. Yet it is precisely the memory of this period that can form the basis for a society that can show civic courage.
To the MEMO study 2019

“STORIES IN MOTION” PROJECT WORKSHOP

“STORIES IN MOTION” PROJECT WORKSHOP

On 13 and 14 June 2019, the second project workshop was held as part of the “Stories in Motion” project funded by the EVZ Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Participants from the fields of education, memorial sites and museums, non-formal education and educational media worked across groups and in their working groups on the topic of historical-political education in today's migration society. There were also presentations and discussions on the respective subprojects of the Hildesheim University Foundation, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Paderborn and the Georg Eckert Institute Braunschweig.
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“JUGEND DEBATTIERT INTERNATIONAL” DEBATE COMPETITION ENTERS A NEW ROUND

Foto: Tomáš Železný / Jugend debattiert international

“JUGEND DEBATTIERT INTERNATIONAL” DEBATE COMPETITION ENTERS A NEW ROUND

The “Jugend debattiert international” debating competition seeks to encourage young people from twelve Central and Eastern European countries to study human rights and their historical backgrounds and to strengthen debate as a medium for political culture and for democratic interaction. Aiming to promote both German language skills in the participating countries and bilateral cultural relations, the project is conducted in German. Since April 2019, the twelve participating countries have been determining their national winners.
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NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN UKRAINE

Der Expert*innenrat für das Programm

NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN UKRAINE

At the beginning of 2019, the new “We are here!” programme was launched in Ukraine. A total of 82 project proposals were received – a tremendous response showing the high demand for support for very elderly people. External and internal experts will decide by July which projects will be funded. Our thanks to all the Ukrainian applicants for their active response to the invitation for proposals!
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“SOGIDARITY FOR EQUALITY” PROJECT MEETING

Foto: Oleksandr Vytvitskyi

“SOGIDARITY FOR EQUALITY” PROJECT MEETING

On 2 and 3 March 2019, partner organisations jointly implementing the “SOGIdarity for Equality” project met in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. The LSBT organisation “Gender Z” from Zaporizhzhia and eight non-LSBT partner organisations from civil society joined forces to raise awareness and counter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. During the project year, a team of trainers underwent training and then conducted almost 20 seminars in six regions of the country. The target groups were psychologists, journalists and young people.
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“SECRET FRIEND” CAMPAIGN in Russia

“SECRET FRIEND” CAMPAIGN in Russia

As part of the 10th anniversary of the “Dialogue Forum” programme, organisers have launched the “secret friend” campaign: people participing in one project prepared gifts for participants in another project. The campaign has connected people from various Russian cities. The participants – most of whom are 80+ years old – represent 21 projects from Saint Petersburg, Kurgan, Tula, Petrozavodsk and other cities; together, they have given more than 470 gifts.


Online-Projects

NEW PLATFORM FOR COMBATTING HATE SPEECH AND FAKE NEWS IN THE INTERNET

NEW PLATFORM FOR COMBATTING HATE SPEECH AND FAKE NEWS IN THE INTERNET

The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania has set up the interactive web platform “Faraura” online. Users of the platform will find systematic information about how hate speech and fake news work, what they mean and how they spread, and brief recommendations for replying to them. Some 39 antisemitic and antigypsyist topics have been systematically recorded in nine categories and illustrated with examples.
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POLISH VERSION OF “LEARNING WITH INTERVIEWS: FORCED LABOUR 1939-1945” ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT LAUNCHED

www.karta.org.pl

POLISH VERSION OF “LEARNING WITH INTERVIEWS: FORCED LABOUR 1939-1945” ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT LAUNCHED

After the successful launch of the German, Czech and Russian versions of the learning environment, the platform was launched in Polish in Warsaw on 28 May 2019. The online application, which can be used as a tool in school and extracurricular educational work, focuses on the life stories of selected former forced labourers. Funded by the EVZ Foundation, it is being implemented by the Warsaw-based KARTA Centre Foundation and the Centre for Digital Systems at Freie Universität Berlin.
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RELAUNCH OF THE “LEARNING FROM HISTORY” POLISH HISTORY PORTAL

www.uczycsiezhistorii.pl

RELAUNCH OF THE “LEARNING FROM HISTORY” POLISH HISTORY PORTAL

The “Learning from History” Polish history portal, sponsored by the EVZ Foundation, was launched in Warsaw on 28 May 2019. The fresh graphics and modern navigation were developed and implemented by the KARTA Centre Foundation together with Warsaw-based digital think tank “Centrum Cyfrowe”.
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#LikeShareDiversity

#LikeShareDiversity

#LIKESHAREDIVERSITY
Inspired by civil rights activist Maya Angelou and in response to rising racism in social media, young people from Romania and Germany have developed a joint campaign under the motto “LOG OUT HATE SPEECH! SIGN IN LOVE!”. Anyone wanting to get involved as an ambassador for LOVE SPEECH and campaign against discrimination can use #LikeShareDiversity on social media.
To the campaign

Events

“ALMS” LGBTIQ+ CONFERENCE

“ALMS” LGBTIQ+ CONFERENCE

The international “Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections” conference (ALMS) will be held in Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World) from 27 to 29 June 2019. The Institute for Sexual Science, founded here a hundred years ago, was destroyed by the National Socialist regime in 1933. The ALMS conference will be held for the fourth time since 2006; this year's theme is “Queering Memory”. Through scholarships, the EVZ Foundation is enabling experts from Eastern Europe and Israel to participate in the conference.
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YOUR HISTORY. IDEA WORKSHOP FOR PROJECTS

YOUR HISTORY. IDEA WORKSHOP FOR PROJECTS

The “YOUR HISTORY” idea workshop was held in Bremen from 6 to 9 June 2019. Young adults and experienced partner institutions developed new project ideas aimed towards a diverse, inclusive memory of the history of National Socialism. Impressions of the event can be found on social media and on the blog (in German).

MEET UP! PITCHING: KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE!

Bild: Violetta Borigard

MEET UP! PITCHING: KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE!

If you can persuade others with a good pitch, you can win supporters for your idea. More than 100 German-Ukrainian ideas made it to the EVZ Foundation this year for the MEET UP! pitching workshop; ten of them competed in Berlin, presenting their ideas within a very short time and using their persuasive power. The audience award went to a project dealing with the architectural heritage of post-war modernism: What condition is it in today? What should be done with it? The project organisers want to discuss this topic with researchers and residents at an architecture festival in Cherkassy featuring presentations, film screenings, a photo exhibition and an open-air party on a cinema roof.
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MEMORIAL SEMINAR IN KRZYŻOWA

Foto: Stiftung Kreisau

MEMORIAL SEMINAR IN KRZYŻOWA

The 17th East-West-European Memorial Seminar was held in Krzyżowa, Poland, at the end of March. This year's theme was “Forgotten History”, dedicated to historical places, people and events that did not find their way into the collective memory, or did not do so until much later, or whose remembrance is still being contested. The seminar was organised by the Krzyżowa Foundation, the Evangelical Academy of Berlin, the “Remembrance and Future” Centre Wrocław, the EVZ Foundation and the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in East Germany (Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur).
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20 years of history competition in Russia

20 years of history competition in Russia

The winners of the Russian History Competition were awarded on April 25, 2019 in Moscow. The students have submitted their contributions to the topic "Man in History - Russia in the 20th Century". The competition has been organized since 1999 by the non-governmental organization »MEMORIAL Society Moscow« and promoted by, among others, the Foundation EVZ.




EXHIBITIONS

THE POWER OF EMOTION. GERMANY 19 | 19

Foto: Dagmar Stratenschulte

THE POWER OF EMOTION. GERMANY 19 | 19

The poster exhibition presented by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and the EVZ Foundation takes contemporary manifestations of 20 emotions as its starting point and illustrates continuities and breaks in the emotions of the past 100 years. The exhibition has been prepared by historians Ute and Bettina Frevert; patron of the exhibition is Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. In cooperation with the Goethe Institute, 3,000 copies of the show are available nationwide and internationally for historical-political education. Audio descriptions enable blind and visually impaired people to visit the exhibition barrier-free. In addition to the German language versions, additional versions are also available in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish and Arabic.
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EXHIBITION “NAZI PARTY RALLY GROUNDS IN THE WAR. IMPRISONMENT, MASS MURDER AND FORCED LABOUR”

Quelle: Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände

EXHIBITION “NAZI PARTY RALLY GROUNDS IN THE WAR. IMPRISONMENT, MASS MURDER AND FORCED LABOUR”

The exhibition, presented in German and English, deals with the fates of the forced labourers who had been housed in camps on the site since 1939. It was officially opened on 8 May 2019 with a welcoming address by EVZ CEO Dr Andreas Eberhardt and Dr Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska, Director of the Central Museum for Prisoners of War, the Polish project partner. Prof Dr Constantin Goschler of Ruhr University Bochum gave a presentation introducing the history of how forced labour under National Socialism has been remembered since 1945. The exhibition will be open until the beginning of February 2020.
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TOURING EXHIBITION “ROTSPANIER” IN BORDEAUX

TOURING EXHIBITION “ROTSPANIER” IN BORDEAUX

From February to April 2019, a trilingual exhibition was presented in Bordeaux about the Rotspanier, the “Red Spaniards”. The touring exhibition, presented in French, Spanish and German, conveys the history of the Spanish civil war refugees called Red Spaniards by the National Socialist regime. The exhibition draws this almost forgotten group of victims into public discourse. Pictures, documents, maps and quotes from historical eyewitnesses are presented. So far there have been requests from 20 French and Spanish cities wanting to show the exhibition. The exhibition organisers are also looking for opportunities to present the exhibition in Germany.
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Theatre performances

ON THE TRAIL OF FORCED LABOUR UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN HILDESHEIM – A SCHOOL THEATRE PROJECT

Foto: Reiner Müller

ON THE TRAIL OF FORCED LABOUR UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN HILDESHEIM – A SCHOOL THEATRE PROJECT

During the time of National Socialism, many companies in the Hildesheim area – such as the Trillke factories of Robert Bosch GmbH and the Nordstemmen sugar factory – made use of forced labourers. Some of these companies still exist. For the “DenkZeitLos” (in English: “ThinkTimeLess”) project, 12th-year students dealt with the history of forced labour in Hildesheim. In class, the students researched testimonies of the forced labourers and put them into a historical context. In workshops, the students went looking for historical clues in their hometown, then compiled their findings to create a play that celebrated its premiere on 15 June 2019.
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INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE “(DAS) HEIM”

INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE “(DAS) HEIM”

After the November pogroms of 1938, Jewish children were banned from attending general schools; many Jewish schools were closed. A children's home for Jewish girls was set up in a villa in Frankfurt. The children were first evacuated, then deported. Only a few survived the Holocaust. Now, 80 years later, the history of the house has almost been forgotten. The site-specific performance installation “(das heim)” (in English: [the home]) explores the possibilities of an aesthetic work of remembrance: viewers move freely through the former children's home, moving between past and present. The house speaks and echoes on all levels; in its rooms, stories and memories believed lost are interwoven with the fates of the children. The installation premiered in Frankfurt/Main on 13 June.
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BLODVEGER: DOCUMENTARY THEATRE IN BERLIN, NORWAY, SWEDEN, RUSSIA AND SERBIA

BLODVEGER: DOCUMENTARY THEATRE IN BERLIN, NORWAY, SWEDEN, RUSSIA AND SERBIA

Berlin historians, working together with international partners, have been seeking out the life stories of forced labourers in Norway during World War II. In the play Blodveger (blood paths) they show individual biographies and historical relationships, from different perspectives. The German Wehrmacht, having invaded the country on 9 April 1940, occupied Norway until 8 May 1945. Around 100,000 people were deported and used for forced labour; almost 20,000 of them died. Who were these people? What are their stories? The theatre project pursues these questions.
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Publications

BOOK PRESENTATION: BEING HUMAN

BOOK PRESENTATION: BEING HUMAN

In February 2019 the publication Being Human was released: a collection of personal stories about the time of World War II. The book was presented in various places in Ukraine in March and April. It brings together a selection of the best short stories submitted in 2018 for the international story competition of the same name, organised as part of the “Dialogue Forum” programme. The book (in Russian/Ukrainian) is available
for download.

BROCHURE: “GOLDEN EXPERIENCES FOR THE GOLDEN AGE”

BROCHURE: “GOLDEN EXPERIENCES FOR THE GOLDEN AGE”

In April a meeting was held in Minsk for project employees and project volunteers who had taken part in a peer exchange last year. The project resulted in the presentation of a brochure showing good practical examples of project work with very elderly people, in a clearly structured manner. The NGO “AKT”, which professionally implemented the project, also offered workshops on fundraising, volunteer management and needs assessment. The brochure (in Russian)
can be downloaded here.

CURRENT CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

Call for papers: international workshop “The Source. Holocaust Sources: Truth, Interpretation and (Mis)Use in the Digital Era”

www.documents.yadvashem.org

Call for papers: international workshop “The Source. Holocaust Sources: Truth, Interpretation and (Mis)Use in the Digital Era”

From 25 to 27 November 2019, an international workshop on the importance of original archival Holocaust sources in the digital age will be held in Jerusalem. Organisers of the event are the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre and the EVZ Foundation. The deadline for submitting proposals for papers is 15 July 2019.
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ENCOUNTERS WITH HISTORICAL EYEWITNESSES

Filmstill; Buch & Regie: Johannes Wißmann

ENCOUNTERS WITH HISTORICAL EYEWITNESSES

In addition to sponsoring trips bringing historical eyewitnesses from other countries to Germany, the EVZ Foundation has recently begun to provide support for trips within Germany enabling historical eyewitnesses to meet with young people and other interested parties. In individual cases, funding can also be provided for youth and intergenerational projects involving trips from Germany to Central and Eastern Europe, Israel or the United States for encounters with historical eyewitnesses. Some encounter projects from 2018 are shown in the film “Weiter Erzählen” (Pass It On).
To the call for proposals and to the film (both in German)

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