Newsletter 01/2018

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DECEPTIVE MEMORIES – HOW GERMANY REMEMBERS THE TIME OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

DECEPTIVE MEMORIES – HOW GERMANY REMEMBERS THE TIME OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

On the occasion of the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden, the Foundation EVZ examined the current state of the culture of remembrance in Germany at a press conference on 13 February 2018. Memories of World War II are shaped by family stories: According to one of the results of a representative study based on more than 1,000 telephone interviews, the number of helpers in the narratives is just as high as the number of perpetrators. The study “MEMO Deutschland – Multidimensionaler Erinnerungsmonitor“ (“MEMO Germany – Multidimensional Remembrance Monitor”) was conducted in cooperation with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at the University of Bielefeld, under the direction of Professor Dr Andreas Zick.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

WHAT THEATRE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIVING CULTURE OF MEMORY

WHAT THEATRE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIVING CULTURE OF MEMORY

What role can theatre play in critical historical consciousness? To exchange ideas, the “Theater der Jungen Welt” Leipzig and the Foundation EVZ invited participants to a theatre workshop in Leipzig. Under the title “Theatre Makes History: Artistic Interventions for the Future”, theatre professionals and creative artists will gathere from 16-18 February 2018 to explore how to make contemporary connections to the history of National Socialism on stage. They will develope ideas for creating productive new spaces in four thematic workshops, and exchange their experiences of artistic work with eyewitness testimonies.
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CONTESTED MEMORIES – AN EXHIBITION IN THE FUNDING PROGRAMME “MIGRATION AND REMEMBRANCE CULTURE”

CONTESTED MEMORIES – AN EXHIBITION IN THE FUNDING PROGRAMME “MIGRATION AND REMEMBRANCE CULTURE”

To (also) write history from the perspective of the victims – while already important in connection with the histories of exploitation, oppression, racism, colonisation and violence, this principle is even more critical in cases of genocide. For the first time, young adults, particularly interested in the subject, are developing an exhibition on the history of genocide remembrance in the 20th century for the gallery of the August Bebel Institute. The exhibition will open on 1 March 2018 at 19:00.
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REMEMBERING “BURNT VILLAGES”

REMEMBERING “BURNT VILLAGES”

On the occasion of the remembrance day for the survivors of “burnt villages” on 21 March 2018, the association “Understanding”, together with the Khatyn national memorial in Belarus, is organising a forum in Minsk. The aim is to foster professional exchange among experts from academia and civil society on forms of remembrance and on the meaning of the fate of Nazi victims.
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FORGOTTEN PLACE BECOMES AN EXHIBITION SPACE

FORGOTTEN PLACE BECOMES AN EXHIBITION SPACE

The “European Center of Education and Culture” was opened in 2015 on the site of the former prisoner-of-war camp Stalag VIII A in Görlitz/Zgorzelec. The centre will serve as a meeting place and extracurricular educational venue for young people from across Europe. The organisation Meetingpoint Music Messiaen seeks to commemorate the site of the prisoner-of-war camp, which has been a forgotten place for decades. A German-Polish exhibition on the prison camp and an accompanying program starting 18 April 2018 will present the history of Nazi forced labour in Görlitz and questions about the causes of forgetting. more

EXCEPTIONAL STORIES

EXCEPTIONAL STORIES

On 11 April 2018, the anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald, an award ceremony for the history competition “Mensch Sein” (“Be a Mensch”) will be held at the Writers’ Union House in Kiev. The event will honour Ukrainian and Russian-language stories about examples of humanity during World War II. A total of 200 submissions were received from throughout the Ukraine by 31 January 2018.
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INTERNATIONAL STEERING GROUP

INTERNATIONAL STEERING GROUP

The coordinators of the funding programme “Dialogue Forum” will meet in Berlin from 25-27 April 2018 for the annual meeting of the international steering group. The country coordinators from Belarus, Russia, and the Ukraine will discuss current challenges related to supporting Nazi victims, funding criteria, and good practices along with the staff of the Foundation EVZ. The Foundation EVZ is currently founding around 80 humanitarian projects in three countries through the programme “Dialogue Forum”.


FUNDING NEWS

“1938 PROJECT: POSTS FROM THE PAST” – A DIGITAL CALENDAR

“1938 PROJECT: POSTS FROM THE PAST” – A DIGITAL CALENDAR

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the decisive events of the year 1938, which constituted a break in German-Jewish history like no other year. In commemoration, the Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin puts together an online calendar. Digital calendar pages, which are released on the appropriate dates, describe the personal impressions and experiences of individual Jews, thereby shining light on the countless personal fates hidden behind the sober statistics.
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RAP CONNECTS CURRENT AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

RAP CONNECTS CURRENT AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

On 7 February 2018, a meeting took place between students from the Lemwerder Gymnasium near Bremen, Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano, and Kutlu Yurtseven, who was involved in the NSU attacks. After a rap and film workshop in the morning, the students organised an evening event with the rap band Microphone Mafia, whose members included the 93-year-old Bejarano and Yurtseven. In addition, Bejarano read from the book “Vom Mädchenorchester in Auschwitz zur Rap-Band gegen Rechts” (“From the Girls’ Orchestra in Auschwitz to a Rap Band Against Rightwing Extremism”), and Yurtseven spoke about victim-blaming and structural racism in connection with the NSU attacks. The project day was organised by the teaching staff of the Lemwerder Gymnasium, the event venue BEGU Lemwerder, and the project group CINS (Circus in National Socialism).
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New publications

"europeans for peace": Youth encyclopedia of (anti)discrimination


"europeans for peace": Youth encyclopedia of (anti)discrimination


Within the scope of the "EUROPEANS FOR PEACE" call for applications “Discrimination. Watch out!”, young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Germany came together in an international youth exchange project addressing discrimination, especially against LGBTQI people. The result was the “Youth Encyclopedia of (Anti)Discrimination”, a special collection of personal stories and informative articles.
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"MEET UP!": A GERMAN-UKRAINIAN WRITING WORKSHOP

"MEET UP!": A GERMAN-UKRAINIAN WRITING WORKSHOP

20 young Germans and Ukrainians met in December 2017 for a German-Ukrainian writing workshop in Berlin. The encounter served to connect the young people who enjoy writing and are committed to German-Ukrainian exchange. The participants had the opportunity to report on their exchange of experiences and to try out different creative writing techniques in the group. This gave rise to cheerful, thoughtful, and realistic, but also absurd stories on topics that are dear to the young authors’ hearts: the future of their homelands, German-Ukrainian relations, and their unbridled desire to take part in shaping the future.
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CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

“DIALOGUE FORUM” – APPLY NOW

“DIALOGUE FORUM” – APPLY NOW

The international public organisation “Understanding” in Belarus has announced the 10th call for applications in the funding programme “Dialogue Forum”. NGOs dedicated to improving the living conditions of victims of National Socialism can apply until 28 February 2018. The Foundation is providing a total of 300,000 Euros for 15 to 20 humanitarian projects.
In Russia, the 9th call for applications for the funding programme is currently open. The Foundation is also providing 300,000 Euros for projects in Russia that support survivors of National Socialism. CAF Russia coordinates the programme.
to the Russian-language application forms for both funding programmes

SINTI AND ROMA: ENGAGEMENT IN GERMANY

SINTI AND ROMA: ENGAGEMENT IN GERMANY

The Foundation EVZ supports Sinti and Roma as descendants of a minority that suffered from National Socialist persecution. It supports projects that strengthen the participation of Sinti and Roma in education, as well as their self-organisation in Germany. Sinti and Roma organisations in Germany are welcome to apply – gladly also in cooperation with partners – with appropriate projects until 4 March 2018. Selected project ideas can then be further developed into funding applications at a consultation seminar (planned for early May 2018).
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GERMAN-UKRAINIAN PROJECT PITCHING

GERMAN-UKRAINIAN PROJECT PITCHING

Tandems consisting of German and Ukrainian activists can apply for the MEET UP! Project PITCHING and step up their ideas for joint German-Ukrainian civil society projects. The teams will receive funding for their project if they can manage to convince the expert jury in Berlin and Kiev. The application deadline is 15 March 2018.
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“INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” IS ENTERING A NEW ROUND

“INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” IS ENTERING A NEW ROUND

“International Youth Debate”, the debating competition for young people from twelve Central and Eastern European countries, aims to encourage the exploration of human rights and their historical backgrounds, and to strengthen debating as a medium of political culture and democratic dispute. The project is conducted in German in order to promote knowledge of the German language in the participating countries and in bilateral cultural relations. Beginning in April 2018, the country winners will be determined in the twelve participating countries. The competition is coordinated by the Goethe-Institut Prague and takes place at the Goethe-Instituts in the respective countries.
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