Newsletter 02/2015


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JANSEN IS NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FOUNDATION EVZ

On 27 March 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation EVZ elected former State Secretary Dr Michael Jansen as interim Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jansen takes over from Dr Martin Salm, who for health reasons has unfortunately had to leave the Foundation before completing his term of office. Dr Salm joined the Board of Directors in October 2006 and was elected Chairman in July 2007. This position is not new for Dr Jansen, as he was Chairman of the Board of Directors from September 2000 until June 2004 and from July 2006 until July 2007. In 2008, Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. He was released from this position in preparation for the early election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Photo: Dr Michael Jansen (left) and Dr Jörg Freiherr Frank von Fürstenwerth, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, at the election.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

5–29 MAY 2015 ~ EXHIBITION: ...LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

5–29 MAY 2015 ~ EXHIBITION: ...LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

On 5 May, the exhibition “...like a breath of fresh air” opened in Rastatt at the Memorial to Freedom Movements in German History, a branch of the Federal Archives. At the opening ceremony, Dr Jan Ludwig from the Federal Archives in Berlin-Lichterfelde gave a speech on the documentation of Jewish persecution, focusing on the databases of the Federal Archives for Jews living in the German Reich (1933-1945). This database was established within the framework of the ICHEIC payments (compensation for insurance claims by Jewish policy holders) made by the Foundation EVZ.

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19 MAY 2015, 20:00 ~ FILM SCREENING: AHAWAH – CHILDREN OF AUGUSTSTRASSE

19 MAY 2015, 20:00 ~ FILM SCREENING: AHAWAH – CHILDREN OF AUGUSTSTRASSE

The film tells the story of AHAWAH, the former Jewish children's home, and the Jewish girls school in Auguststrasse, Berlin. Ahawah is the Hebrew word for love. In the cinematic journey, Regina Steinitz and Ruth Winkelmann, former pupils at the girls school now living in Israel, return to the place of their childhood, where they meet students from the Protestant school in Berlin. The encounters open up opportunities to recall the past and to engage in heartfelt discussions between the generations. The event marks the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli relations. Ulla Schmidt, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, will deliver the welcoming address.
Location: Filmtheater Babylon in Berlin-Mitte
The film is being shown as part of the 21st Jewish film festival Berlin & Potsdam

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26–27 MAY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE ON WELFARE FOR VICTIMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION IN PRAGUE: LIVING WITH DIGNITY

26–27 MAY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE ON WELFARE FOR VICTIMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION IN PRAGUE: LIVING WITH DIGNITY

On 26 and 27 May, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) in Prague is inviting representatives of European governments, members of civil society and other experts to take part in an exchange on the welfare situation of Holocaust survivors and other victims of National Socialism. An internet platform providing information about government assistance for victims of National Socialism and on best-practice projects will be presented at the conference.

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8–9 JUNE 2015 ~ CONFERENCE ON RELIGION: DISCOURSE – REFLECTION – EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES, 6TH CONFERENCE IN THE SERIES “PERSPECTIVES. FORUM FOR EDUCATION AND ACADEMIA, A CRITICAL LOOK AT ANTI-SEMITISM”

8–9 JUNE 2015 ~ CONFERENCE ON RELIGION: DISCOURSE – REFLECTION – EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES, 6TH CONFERENCE IN THE SERIES “PERSPECTIVES. FORUM FOR EDUCATION AND ACADEMIA, A CRITICAL LOOK AT ANTI-SEMITISM”

Religion has taken on greater prominence in recent debates on anti-Semitism, with discussion focusing on the particular “susceptibility” of young Muslims and the predominant Christian-Jewish influence in the Western World. Does anti-Semitism have anything to do with religion? Educators and academics offer a range of perspectives in an attempt to identify appropriate attitudes and responses to new developments and traditional opinions. The sixth Perspectives conference on anti-Semitism once again provides a forum for sharing findings and experience gained in education and the academic world. The conference is for academics; educators; professionals in community social work, mediation and counselling as well as for the parties responsible for education. The Foundation and its partners have been organising this anti-Semitism forum for academics and educators since 2011.

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15–16 JUNE 2015 ~ CONFERENCE: THE SECOND GENERATION – THE CONSEQUENCES OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION ON THE CHILDREN OF THE SURVIVORS

15–16 JUNE 2015 ~ CONFERENCE: THE SECOND GENERATION – THE CONSEQUENCES OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION ON THE CHILDREN OF THE SURVIVORS

Many children of the victims of National Socialism take care of their parents, either within the family or in a professional capacity. The members of this second generation are now at an age in which they also need help. Increasingly, they are turning to the same experts who helped their parents. However, hardly any of the services on offer cater to their needs. The question of inherited trauma will also be discussed openly. For the first time, the Federal Information and Counselling Association for Victims of National Socialism is holding a major conference focusing on the second generation. The aim is to listen to their concerns, to identify gaps in research and to find out how we can better respond to their needs.
Location: Jugendgästehaus Hauptbahnhof Berlin
Please register before 22 May.

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9–10 JULY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE: #CONTROVERSIAL MEMORIES – NEW APPROACHES TO THE NARRATIVES ON THE HOLOCAUST, NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

9–10 JULY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE: #CONTROVERSIAL MEMORIES – NEW APPROACHES TO THE NARRATIVES ON THE HOLOCAUST, NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The conference “#controversial memories – new approaches to the narratives on the Holocaust, National Socialism and the Second World War” is being held on 9 and 10 July with the support of the Foundation EVZ and the Karlshorst museum. The Agentur für Bildung – Geschichte, Politik und Medien e.V. (Agency for education - history, politics and media) is organising the conference.

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FUNDING NEWS

DIALOGUE FORUM AT A CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY MICROSOFT AND GURT

DIALOGUE FORUM AT A CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY MICROSOFT AND GURT

On 10 April, Lesya Khartshenko presented the Dialogue Forum programme at the NGO Connection Day 7 on Information Technology in Kyiv. The future workshop was organised by, the Ukrainian non-governmental organisation GURT and Microsoft Ukraine. Over 100 managers from Ukrainian organisations discussed European integration and reforms and shared information on best practices. Interest in the Foundation’s Dialogue Forum programme centred on the encounters between young people and the survivors of National Socialist persecution.

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ARMENIAN AND TURKISH JOURNALISTS VISIT THE FOUNDATION EVZ

ARMENIAN AND TURKISH JOURNALISTS VISIT THE FOUNDATION EVZ

On 15 April the Foundation was host to a group of 15 journalists from Armenia and Turkey who were in Berlin to attend a workshop organised by taz.panterstiftung. Taking the process of dealing with National Socialist injustices in Germany as a starting point, the journalists spent a week exploring an event in their own common history: the Armenian genocide. The talks at the Foundation centred on the payments made by the Foundation between 2001 and 2007 to former forced labourers in the National Socialist era, and the long-term support for projects as recognition of the injustices suffered by the victims of National Socialism.

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GIVE THE PAST A BETTER FUTURE – MEETING OF GERMAN AND RWANDAN EXPERTS

GIVE THE PAST A BETTER FUTURE – MEETING OF GERMAN AND RWANDAN EXPERTS

The Foundation supported a conference held in Rwanda in February 2015 at which German and Rwandan experts discussed remembrance work and human rights education. One aim of the Foundation is to fund projects in which the lessons learned in dealing with Germany's National Socialist past and other historical injustices are examined in order to promote understanding and reconciliation in national and international contexts. The Caritas Pirckheimer Academy in Nuremberg and the Centre for Education and Culture of Peace in cooperation with the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences in Butare brought together experts from the two countries for the four-day event. Other topics of discussion included practical and theoretical approaches to linking human rights and remembrance work against the background of Germany's National Socialist past and the genocide in Rwanda in the 90s, the role of the churches in the reconciliation process, and the reintegration of soldiers into civilian life.

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CONFERENCE – VICTIMS AND SITES OF REPRISALS IN GERMAN-OCCUPIED EUROPE

CONFERENCE – VICTIMS AND SITES OF REPRISALS IN GERMAN-OCCUPIED EUROPE

From 28 to 30 April 2015, conference participants explored the background and after-effects of German reprisals in occupied Europe during World War II. The aim was to look at these issues from an international and comparative perspective and to discuss the differing German occupation policies and forms of resistance and collaboration in the respective countries. Among the questions under discussion were: How can we define reprisals? What was their legal basis and how were they justified? What kind of resistance activities preceded them? Who was in charge of organising these reprisals and who carried them out? Who were the victims and what exactly happened to them? The conference was held with Foundation support and organised by the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial Centre in cooperation with the Hamburg Research Centre for Contemporary History and the Institute for the History of the German Jews.

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DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY AT THE DOCUMENTATION CENTRE FOR FORCED LABOUR UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM

DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY AT THE DOCUMENTATION CENTRE FOR FORCED LABOUR UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM

The new digital archive of eyewitness testimony at the documentation centre for forced labour under National Socialism in Berlin-Schöneweide went live on 15 April 2015. The archive features online audio and video interviews with former forced labourers and offers accompanying materials, including letters, background documentation and photos. To access the archive, users must first register on the website.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS

DOLJA: BRIDGE BETWEEN TIMES AND GENERATIONS

DOLJA: BRIDGE BETWEEN TIMES AND GENERATIONS

This Russian-language book was published by Regina A. Lawrowitsch, chair of Dolja (NGO), and her assistant Anna P. Lawrowitsch, to mark the organisation’s 20th anniversary. Dolja – meaning fate – was founded in 1995 as one of the first organisations for victims of National Socialism in Belarus. As well as reviewing the eventful history of the association, the publication features articles on the many years of project work that has underpinned the cooperation between Dolja and the Foundation since 2004. The book is rounded off by testimonies, biographies and photos of association members in addition to texts about voluntary work and the experiences of young volunteers. The book was presented to the public in Minsk on 4 May 2015.



CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

SPECIAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – MEET UP! GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS IN THE EUROPEANS FOR PEACE PROGRAMME

SPECIAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – MEET UP! GERMAN-UKRAINIAN YOUTH ENCOUNTERS IN THE EUROPEANS FOR PEACE PROGRAMME

With the support of the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Foundation EVZ is planning to fund a special programme for German-Ukrainian youth encounters in 2015. The programme promotes closer ties with Ukraine and encourages young people from Germany and Ukraine to work for fundamental democratic values and understanding between peoples. Existing German-Ukrainian youth partnerships and new initiatives will be eligible for support. Russian participants may also be included in the programme.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS ON INTERCONNECTED HISTORY

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS ON INTERCONNECTED HISTORY

Global history, interconnected history, transnationalism and migration are themes that have shaped contemporary approaches to history since the beginning of the 21st century. To take just one example, the Second World War, which ended 70 years ago in Europe, is now seen in the context of its global dimensions. The Foundation is currently issuing a call for applications for an educational project that will examine the interconnectedness between National Socialism and colonialism, the significance of these links today and the respective debates on dealing with the past. The aim is to develop practical materials that pursue an interrelated approach for use in history and political education in Germany. EUR 150,000 is being made available for project development, implementation and PR work.

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