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Dear Readers,

Our work centres on personal encounters among people of all generations and from every corner of the globe.
The Covid-19 pandemic is having far-reaching consequences for many people all over the world, with a profound impact on their activities as well. The EVZ Foundation’s work is likewise affected by the special circumstances in these difficult and challenging times – particularly when it comes to funded or planned projects. We very much look forward to the day when we can resume in-person interactions on a regular basis with our project partners and project participants.
And we are excited, too, not only about seeing our projects develop so promisingly despite the aggravated underlying conditions but also about how the set project targets are being met – today in different and novel ways — be it through the use of digital tools such as resources for online teaching or by offering very practical assistance such as food and hygiene packages for elderly persons who are in need of basic necessities.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude and recognition to all sponsored organisations and participants for their huge commitment in this difficult and challenging situation.

On behalf of the entire Foundation team
Andrea Despot & Petra Follmar-Otto, Chairpersons of the EVZ Foundation

FOUNDATION NEWS

DR. ANDREA DESPOT AND DR. PETRA FOLLMAR-OTTO ARE THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS DUO

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DR. ANDREA DESPOT AND DR. PETRA FOLLMAR-OTTO ARE THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS DUO

On 1 June 2020 Dr. Andrea Despot and Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto took up their role as new Directors of the EVZ Foundation.
The new CEO, Dr. Andrea Despot, most recently served as Director and Executive Board Member of the European Academy Berlin. Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto was Head of the Department of Human Rights Policy Domestic/Europe at the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin from 2008 to 2020.
We wish to thank Dr. Dirk Langner and Dr. Ralf Possekel for their hard work and commitment as interim directors during these challenging times.
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GREATER TRANSPARENCY: 2019 ACTIVITY REPORT

GREATER TRANSPARENCY: 2019 ACTIVITY REPORT

The just published report features highlights from 2019, including videos and picture galleries that are directly integrated into the PDF file and easy to view without extra clicks. We have newly joined the Transparent Civil Society Initiative, whereby key facts and figures are made available and displayed at a glance. Also presented in this Newsletter are award-winning projects of the year – we congratulate the winners and thank all the supporters and partners for their commitment and cooperation.
Link to the Activity Report

ANNETTE SCHAVAN SPOKE AT THE ZACHOR REMEMBRANCE GATHERING OF THE JCC

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ANNETTE SCHAVAN SPOKE AT THE ZACHOR REMEMBRANCE GATHERING OF THE JCC

Our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Annette Schavan, spoke with Charlotte Knobloch, Igor Levit und Rüdiger Mahlo at the digital Remembrance Gathering of the “Jewish Claims Conference” on the importance of 8 May 1945 in our collective memory.
Link to the video

FUNDING NEWS

INAUGURATION OF THE WARSAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME OF HUMANITY IN ACTION POLAND

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INAUGURATION OF THE WARSAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME OF HUMANITY IN ACTION POLAND

The international “Humanity in Action” network’s mission is all about bringing together young committed people from all countries and exploring with them the connection between historical-political education and human rights. Owing to the current pandemic, for the first time ever the three-week EVZ-funded Warsaw Fellowship Programme is being held virtually as of 3 June, bringing together 23 young persons online from Poland, Germany, Ukraine and the US.
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EVALUATION OF THE ROMA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME IS NEARING COMPLETION

EVALUATION OF THE ROMA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME IS NEARING COMPLETION

All the interviews have now been conducted, online surveys completed and statistics analysed: as commissioned by the EVZ Foundation, an external evaluation team has diligently assessed the scholarship programme for young Roma students living in Eastern Europe. The programme has been evaluated particularly in terms of its success in the respective countries, as well as how the target group’s needs have changed in the educational field today and how the programme has been adapted accordingly.
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“CULTURE FOR CHANGES”: FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR GERMAN-UKRAINIAN CULTURAL PROJECTS

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“CULTURE FOR CHANGES”: FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR GERMAN-UKRAINIAN CULTURAL PROJECTS

Our “MEET UP! German-Ukrainian encounters” funding programme has been working in partnership with the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation since 2018 to further enhance the exchange of information between young people and civil society players in Germany and Ukraine. The first round of calls for proposals in the “Culture for changes” joint funding programme for German-Ukrainian cultural projects has been successfully completed. Funding support over the course of 2020 is earmarked for partnerships that implement their projects online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and current travel restrictions: artist and translator residencies, theatre performances, short films, online concerts.
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15TH ANNIVERSARY OF “EUROPEANS FOR PEACE”

15TH ANNIVERSARY OF “EUROPEANS FOR PEACE”

Our “EUROPEANS FOR PEACE” programme is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and marking the occasion with the unveiling of a new logo. A number of anniversary activities are additionally planned for the second half -year, including an Instagram photo competition and the third “EUROPEANS FOR PEACE” youth conference. The virtual conference will be held under the slogan “Celebrate diversity!”
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“LATCHO DIVES”: NEW PROJECTS LAUNCHED IN RUSSIA

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“LATCHO DIVES”: NEW PROJECTS LAUNCHED IN RUSSIA

This year for the first time the EVZ Foundation is stepping up funding for projects designed to provide aid and assistance to the survivors of the genocide against Roma in Russia. New projects kicked off in May and June in no fewer than three regions – Novrogod, Vladimir and Samara. The project sponsors aim to improve the target group’s access to state social security benefits and medical services. In connection with the Corona crisis, some 120 elderly Roma are being provided with emergency aid in the form of food packages, hygiene articles, disinfectants, protective masks and also vitamins.
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WORKSHOP FOR THE “DIGITAL // MEMORY” FUNDING PROGRAMME IS BEING CONDUCTED ONLINE

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WORKSHOP FOR THE “DIGITAL // MEMORY” FUNDING PROGRAMME IS BEING CONDUCTED ONLINE

Owing to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic-related restrictions, a planned workshop to support the currently funded projects was moved online in late April. This type of group work is new to most of the participants from Poland and Germany and will most certainly continue to be a support for the Foundation over the remainder of the year. Our partner for networking activities in the funding programme is the digital think tank “iRights.lab”. More

ALLIANCES AGAINST ANTISEMITISM AND FOR STRENGTHENING THE VISIBILITY OF JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY

Foto: Anne Frank House /Swen Rudolph

ALLIANCES AGAINST ANTISEMITISM AND FOR STRENGTHENING THE VISIBILITY OF JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY

The “Joining forces” call for proposals was directed at German civil society for the purpose of developing project ideas for alliances against antisemitism or strengthening the visibility of Jewish life. The aim is to support different social groups desiring to either build or else continue to develop stable alliances at the local or regional level. In response to the call, 45 project proposals have been submitted, which will be evaluated on a comparative basis by an external jury of experts on 24 June. A total of EUR 500,000 is available for grants.
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KICK-OFF WORKSHOP IN “SOGIDARITY” PROGRAMME

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KICK-OFF WORKSHOP IN “SOGIDARITY” PROGRAMME

A digital kick-off workshop was held in April for the “Internship Programme” of the project entitled “Unit - Expanding discursive spaces for LGBTI in Eastern Europe”. Originally planned as a presence-based event in Berlin, the workshop was conducted virtually due to the current pandemic. The “Internship Programme” enables young journalists from LGBTI communities in Eastern European countries to complete a four-month internship with media partners of the n-ost network of journalists.
Link to the project website

ONLINE PROJECTS

A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP MEMORIAL SITE

Foto: Archiv KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau/Montage BR, Christopher Roos von Rosen

A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP MEMORIAL SITE

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its liberation, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, in cooperation with the Bavarian Broadcasting Company [Bayerischer Rundfunk], published a virtual tour with images from 1945 superimposed on present-day photographs of the memorial site. The virtual tour serves as the foundation for an augmented reality app funded by the EVZ Foundation that will be released later this year. Users can start the app on their smartphone or tablet to project historical images onto the present-day memorial site as backdrop.
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“STORIES THAT MOVE”: Distance Learning RESOURCES

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“STORIES THAT MOVE”: Distance Learning RESOURCES

This online toolbox against discrimination is available in seven languages: German, English, Dutch, Polish, Slovakian, Ukrainian and Hungarian. The “Stories that Move” team has adapted modules for digital teaching that are designed for use with a variety of hardware and software. The application allows users to upload webinars in any language. The development and dissemination of these resources continue to be funded by the EVZ Foundation.
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BELARUSIAN ONLINE SERIES – “FORMULA OF HUMANITY”

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BELARUSIAN ONLINE SERIES – “FORMULA OF HUMANITY”

The online TV series “Formula of Humanity” premiered in Minsk in March of this year. The series consists of 12 real-life stories about World War II as narrated by actors and survivors. The short films focus on the topic of how a person remains a human being in the face of inhuman conditions, as well as what makes a contribution to overcoming seemingly insurmountable circumstances. The project was funded as part of our “Dialogue Forum” funding programme.
Link to the videos

FILM: “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ROMANI CHAJI”

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FILM: “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ROMANI CHAJI”

Girls aged 12 to 18 joined forces to work on this short-film project: The “Romani Chaji” girl group is part of the feminist “RomaniPhen” archive. The film’s main character Romani Chaji talks at length about her struggles with discrimination against Roma.
Link to the film

“UNIVERSE OF SELF-ISOLATION”: STORIES OF BELARUSIAN PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

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“UNIVERSE OF SELF-ISOLATION”: STORIES OF BELARUSIAN PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

The Facebook page of our “Dialogue Forum” funding programme features stories from the “Universe of self-isolation” – reports of and by Belarusian project participants and their life during the Corona pandemic. Families and relatives of the elderly are invited to send in photographs or short films devoted to the topic, with prizes to be awarded for the best submissions.
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FILM ABOUT SURVIVORS OF THE LENINGRAD BLOCKADE

FILM ABOUT SURVIVORS OF THE LENINGRAD BLOCKADE

The film “Childhood lost”, which premiered online in May, was funded as part of the “Dialogue Forum” programme. The film consists of interviews with the Blockade survivors and people who resided in the occupied territory. It was originally planned to be developed as a stage play, but the premiere was postponed due to the pandemic.
Link to the film

EXHIBITIONS

“EXCLUSION – ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE NAZI INTERNMENT CAMPS”

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“EXCLUSION – ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE NAZI INTERNMENT CAMPS”

Following a pandemic-imposed delay, the EVZ-funded “EXCLUSION – Archaeology of the Nazi Internment Camps” exhibition premiered at the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in Berlin in May. On display are a great many archaeological finds from the numerous labour camps in Berlin and Brandenburg. The extensive archaeological finds tell the story of former forced labourers in a unique way. The exhibition will subsequently be shown at the Pauli Monastery in Brandenburg.
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“END OF TESTIMONY?”

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“END OF TESTIMONY?”

The EVZ-funded exhibition focuses squarely on the survivors and their stories as it scrutinises the “constructed nature” of the witness testimony interviews while shedding light on the conditions under which the survivors were able to recount their experiences, as well as the intentions with which they did so, and raising the question of how we plan to deal with this legacy in the future.
The exhibition can be viewed at the Jewish Museum Hohenems in Austria until 16 August and at the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial Site from 25 September.
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PUBLICATIONS

HOW GERMANY REMEMBERS – RESULTS FROM THE THIRD ROUND OF THE MEMO STUDY HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED

HOW GERMANY REMEMBERS – RESULTS FROM THE THIRD ROUND OF THE MEMO STUDY HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED

The EVZ Foundation, together with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University, published on 7 May the results of the third round of “MEMO Germany – Multidimensional Remembrance Monitor” study. In light of the 75th anniversary, one of the questions posed was to identify the term that best describes the end of the World War II: “liberation”, “new beginning”, “surrender” or “defeat”?
Link to the 2020 MEMO Study

"EXCLUSION – ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE NAZI INTERNMENT CAMPS” EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

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"EXCLUSION – ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE NAZI INTERNMENT CAMPS” EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

The catalogue accompanying the EVZ-funded exhibition was published in April: combs, spoons and barbed wire– archaeological finds tell about life in the internment camps, which were an important instrument of domination employed by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945. Archaeological excavations have been conducted at former concentration camp sites in Berlin and Brandenburg since the 1990s and numerous finds have been uncovered. This richly illustrated catalogue presents many of these objects for the very first time.
Link to the publication

“EDUCATIONAL AWAKENING” BROCHURE

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“EDUCATIONAL AWAKENING” BROCHURE

The “Educational Awakening” brochure contains interdisciplinary teaching materials on the topic of Sinti and Roma. It is available for download online or can be ordered free of charge at big@madhouse-munich.com.
Link to the publication

CURRENT CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

LOCAL.HISTORY GERMANY

LOCAL.HISTORY GERMANY

The EVZ Foundation’s funding programme entitled “local.history Germany” provides aid and support to local initiatives and associations in creating and shaping a local remembrance. Applications may be submitted at any time and are evaluated on a comparative basis on 1 February, 1 June and 1 October of each year.
Link to the call for proposals

local.history international 2020

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local.history international 2020

The EVZ Foundation’s funding programme “local.history international” aims to facilitate the critical examination of National Socialist history at the regional level. Applications may be made from any European country (with the exception of Germany). Project outlines may be submitted online by 15 July 2020.
Link to the call for proposals

PROJECT IDEAS FOR ENHANCING THE EDUCATIONAL PARTICIPATION AND SELF-ORGANISATION OF SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

Foto: Caspar Schleicher / Hildegard Lagrenne Stiftung

PROJECT IDEAS FOR ENHANCING THE EDUCATIONAL PARTICIPATION AND SELF-ORGANISATION OF SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

The EVZ Foundation and the Freudenberg Foundation strengthen Roma and Sinti as descendants of a minority that was a victim of National Socialist persecution. Projects are being funded in Germany for equal educational participation of Sinti and Roma. Project ideas may be submitted by 22 June 2020!
Link to the call for proposals

YOUNG PEOPLE REMEMBER: 2ND FUNDING LINE FOR “INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE OF EXPERTISE ON BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL YOUTH ENCOUNTERS AT HISTORICAL SITES OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION”

YOUNG PEOPLE REMEMBER: 2ND FUNDING LINE FOR “INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE OF EXPERTISE ON BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL YOUTH ENCOUNTERS AT HISTORICAL SITES OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION”

The EVZ Foundation implements international segments of the “Young people remember” federal programme with Federal Foreign Office funds. The call for proposals for the second funding line has been published. The deadline for submission of applications is 15 July 2020. By promoting the international exchange of expertise among young teachers, the programme’s mission is to strengthen pedagogical-didactic skills and (digital) methods for imparting factual knowledge relating to the causes, developments and dimensions of National Socialist crimes.
Link to the call for proposals

INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL SOCIALIST VICTIMS IN BELARUS AND UKRAINE

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INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL SOCIALIST VICTIMS IN BELARUS AND UKRAINE

Survivors of the Nazi dictatorship from Belarus and Ukraine still have time until the end of 2020 to submit applications for financial support for medical care. In Belarus, the project is implemented by our partner organisation “MOO Vzaimoponimanie”. In Ukraine, aid and assistance are coordinated by the international organisation “Mutual Understanding and Tolerance Foundation”. Funds are provided for eye operations, hearing aids and sanatorium treatments, as well as the purchase of medicines and medical supplies, among other things.
Link to the call for proposals in Belarus

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