Newsletter 04/2013


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PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY ON 16 JANUARY - EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

Three outstanding international youth projects will be presented prizes for their work on the theme “Human Rights Past and Present”. The school and youth groups from Germany, Central and Eastern Europe and Israel show how each individual can work actively to promote human rights. At the award presentation ceremony the young people will show and explain their projects. The programme includes for instance short films and a staged reading.
We invite you to celebrate the award winners with us!
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UPCOMING EVENTS

25 NOVEMBER ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: GRAVES IN GERMANY – FINAL RESTING PLACES OF SOVIET FORCED LABOURERS AND PRISONERS OF WAR

25 NOVEMBER ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: GRAVES IN GERMANY – FINAL RESTING PLACES OF SOVIET FORCED LABOURERS AND PRISONERS OF WAR

The precise number of Soviet forced labourers and prisoners of war who died on German soil is not known right up to the present date. Most of the prisoners of war who died lie in anonymous mass graves. Many forced labourers and prisoners of war murdered in concentration camps or in Gestapo prisons have no gravesite at all. At this event the project funded by the Foundation EVZ documenting these forgotten graves will be presented – a German-Russian cooperation.
Details (in German)

25 NOVEMBER ~ FILM SCREENING: DOCUMENTARY FILM ON TOUR

25 NOVEMBER ~ FILM SCREENING: DOCUMENTARY FILM ON TOUR

The “Remembrance and Future” Documentary Film Award is for filmmakers who critically explore developments in society and their causes in their own countries and point up cross-border perspectives. The Documentary Film Award series “Remembrance and Future” On Tour aims to raise the profile of the films beyond festival boundaries. For the sixth time now, the award is touring through Germany and a further European country in autumn 2013. At the close of the series the film EKSMISJA (Resettlement, 2012) by Filip Antoni Malinowski will be screened in Berlin. The Polish-Austrian co-production accompanies two spirited pensioners for whom globalisation has unwelcome consequences.
Details (in German)

28 TO 30 NOVEMBER ~ FESTIVAL: KALEIDOSCOPE OF MEMORIES

28 TO 30 NOVEMBER ~ FESTIVAL: KALEIDOSCOPE OF MEMORIES

From 28 to 30 November 2013 the association “Snanije” (Knowledge) is organising the festival “Kaleidoscope of Memories” in the Russian city of Oryol. The festival is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Oryol region from fascism and German occupation. In addition to a festival ceremony, there will also be an exhibition, a performance by the multi-generational theatre group, discussion panels on the topic of inter-generational project work and insights into the project activities. Some 350 participants are expected, including partners from civil society in Germany, Belarus and Ukraine. The project “Intergenerational dialogue in the Oryol region” is being supported within the context of the funding programme “Partnerships for the victims of National Socialism” of the Foundation EVZ. The aim is to contribute to recognition of victims of National Socialism in society and to enable them to participate in social life in self-help groups and cross-generational projects.
Further information (in Russian)

3 DECEMBER ~ OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: ON THE TRAIL. THE DEATH MARCHES IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEARCH SERVICE

3 DECEMBER ~ OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: ON THE TRAIL. THE DEATH MARCHES IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEARCH SERVICE

The death marches are considered to be the last organised mass crimes of National Socialist Germany. SS and other guards forcibly drove the inmates of concentration and extermination camps and prisons across the entire country during these evacuation operations during the last months of the war. Large parts of the population witnessed this crime. Thousands of prisoners failed to survive the death marches. The travelling exhibition “On the trail – The death marches in the documents of the International Tracing Service (ITS)” provides insights into the numbers, individual fates and feelings of the survivors.
Details (in German)

12 TO 15 DECEMBER ~ FOUNDATION EVZ EXHIBITION IN MINSK: “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR”

12 TO 15 DECEMBER ~ FOUNDATION EVZ EXHIBITION IN MINSK: “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR”

The exhibition “…Like a breath of fresh air” Victims of National Socialism from Eastern Europe in the Dialogue Forum Programme is on show in Minsk from 12 to 15 December. The exhibition shows people whose biographies were determined by World War II and German tyranny. They survived concentration camps, saw their villages being burned to the ground by German occupiers, had to work as forced labourers and became partisans. Nine eyewitnesses from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine report on their fates under German National Socialist occupation. The journalist Lesya Kharchenko has portrayed participants in projects funded by EVZ in the three countries and interviewed them about the projects in the DIALOGUE FORUM programme. The Belarusian language version can be seen at the exhibition "50+", Expoforum, Y Kipaly Str. 27, Minsk.

24 TO 26 JANUARY ~ ACADEMY: “REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS” TRAINING AND NETWORKING MEETING FOR POLISH PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCIES

24 TO 26 JANUARY ~ ACADEMY: “REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS” TRAINING AND NETWORKING MEETING FOR POLISH PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCIES

In a five-day seminar, Polish education experts will meet for an exchange of experience on two questions: how can human rights education and remembrance of National Socialist crimes be combined in education projects? And what country-specific issues are relevant for this? Key aspects are the possibilities and limits of teaching human rights at authentic, historical sites such as Oswiecim/Auschwitz. The event is being funded in the “Teaching Human Rights” programme.
To the programme

29 JANUARY ~ FILM SCREENING: NO COMRADES

29 JANUARY ~ FILM SCREENING: NO COMRADES

Shot, starved, frozen – of the 3.5 million Soviet prisoners of war from the year 1941 alone, two million were dead by the time spring arrived. They were victims of the National Socialist extermination machinery that had invaded the Soviet Union in summer 1941. “[...] A Communist is no comrade before or after this battle […]” was Hitler’s maxim for handling Soviet prisoners of war. The provisions of the Geneva Convention were largely suspended for the Eastern Campaign. Altogether in World War II 3.5 million of the 5.7 million Soviet prisoners of war fell victim to starvation, cold and ill-treatment.
Details (in German)

NEWS FROM FUNDING

RUSSIAN LGBT NETWORK MEETS US PRESIDENT OBAMA

RUSSIAN LGBT NETWORK MEETS US PRESIDENT OBAMA

On the fringes of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, US President Barack Obama met Russian human rights activists, including Igor Kotchetkov. Kotchetkov represents the “Russian LGBT Network”, which works for instance for the rights of people affected by homophobic violence in Russia and is being funded for this in the Foundation EVZ’s “Stop Hate Crime!” programme. The topic of the meeting was the current human rights situation in Russia, including the insufficient protection of those affected by hate crimes. Kotchetkov suggested setting up an international control mechanism in order to bring about prosecution of hate crimes in Russia. In this connection Kotchetkov stated, “Human rights are not internal affairs and observing them is definitely also a matter for international politics and their representatives.” Further topics were laws on “foreign agents” and “against homosexual propaganda” and government repression of civil society actors in Russia.
Further information (in Russian)

EXHIBITION IN CHERKASSY – HARASSED EXISTENCE. ROMA SURVIVING NATIONAL SOCIALIST TERROR IN UKRAINE

EXHIBITION IN CHERKASSY – HARASSED EXISTENCE. ROMA SURVIVING NATIONAL SOCIALIST TERROR IN UKRAINE

The exhibition “Harassed Existence. Roma Surviving National Socialist Terror in Ukraine” was opened in the Local History Museum of Cherkassy on 8 October 2013. 16 Roma who survived German tyranny in Ukraine during World War II reported on their eventful lives in the war and post-war period and on their everyday lives today. In May 2012 the photographer Birgit Meixner portrayed Roma in Ukraine who are participating in projects of the Foundation EVZ. Meixner’s portraits are snapshots from the life of an ethnic minority that is still harassed today. The projects, benefiting Roma in need, are being funded by the EVZ programme “DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM”. The Ukrainian version of the exhibition can be borrowed free of charge. Further information is available from the project manager Olena Fjudr (helenfyudr@yandex.ru).
TV report on the exhibition (in Russian)

STATE PRIZE IN THE HISTORY COMPETITION FOR THE LEO BAECK PROJECT

STATE PRIZE IN THE HISTORY COMPETITION FOR THE LEO BAECK PROJECT

For its project “The Jewish school Rykestrasse 53, Berlin – then and now”, the school pupils of the Ronald-S.-Lauder School in Berlin were awarded the State Prize in the German President’s 2012/2013 history competition at the German Historical Museum on 26 September 2013. The school pupils developed an impressive supplement to the permanent exhibition in the local history museum of the Berlin Prenzlauer Berg District.
The exhibition is on show at Prenzlauer Allee 227, 10405 Berlin (Pankow) up to 17 November 2013. The Foundation EVZ funded this project in the LEO BAECK PROGRAMME.
Photo: Körber Foundation / David Ausserhofer
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PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR EVZ PROJECT MANAGER IN UKRAINE

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR EVZ PROJECT MANAGER IN UKRAINE

On 23 August 2013 Aleksandr Wainer, founder and Head of the Jewish Community in Cherson, was awarded the Ukrainian Order of Merit, third class, for his commitment to society.
Aleksandr Wainer headed a social meeting centre for Holocaust survivors in the DIALOGUE FORUM funding programme from 2010 to 2012. Since 2012 he has been a guiding force behind a project funded by the Foundation EVZ from donations provided by Deutsche Bahn AG which offers victims of National Socialism social and medical support. They receive medicines and food supplies and are supported by young volunteers in mastering everyday life. Primarily elderly people who are not reached by state facilities or who are not provided with sufficient care and services benefit from the offerings.
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COLLOQUIUM: “WHITE SPOTS: THE PERSECUTION OF ROMA IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE”

COLLOQUIUM: “WHITE SPOTS: THE PERSECUTION OF ROMA IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE”

From 23. to 24. October 2013 the Foundation EVZ together with the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst and the Allianz Cultural Foundation organised the International Colloquium “White Spots –Persecution of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe”. The event was held on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the “Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered Under National Socialism”. Speakers from twelve countries took part. During the two-day event the participants discussed the European dimension of the persecution of Sinti and Roma under National Socialism, especially the “white spots” in research on the Roma genocide in Central and Eastern Europe still existing today and new research approaches. The colloquium closed with a public panel discussion. During the discussion the role of the Monument in public and the present situation of Sinti and Roma were discussed.
Photos of the Colloquium

WEBSITE: “FILM AB! GEGEN NAZIS” (RUN THE FILM! AGAINST NAZIS)

WEBSITE: “FILM AB! GEGEN NAZIS” (RUN THE FILM! AGAINST NAZIS)

The Website “Film ab! Gegen Nazis” (Run the film! Against Nazis) is the outcome of a project of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation funded in the TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME. The website focuses on 12 films that are recommended for education work against right-wing extremism in schools and out of schools. Each film is presented with details of the content, information on borrowing, the appropriate age target group and educational questions. Many further sources, information and links supplement the website. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation also offers a brochure with the same title containing worksheets and background texts on this subject.
©2012 credo:film/ NDR
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PRIZE FOR THE INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUE

PRIZE FOR THE INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUE

The St. Petersburg project “I build a bridge from the past … the electronic memoirs of victims of totalitarian regimes” has been funded with the framework of the Foundation EVZ’s DIALOGUE FORUM funding programme. 80 former concentration camp and ghetto inmates, survivors of the Leningrad Blockade and others, were coached in working with computers and digital cameras. 20 further participants were interviewed. The results comprise 100 digitised biographies with photos and documents that have been published on the internet on the project website. The project was realised by the NGO “ORT St. Petersburg Vocational Training Centre”, administered by CAF Russia and financed by the Foundation EVZ. The prize is awarded within the framework of the Russian competition “Connecting Generations”. The project “ORT St Petersburg Vocational Training Centre” won second place in the category Education Projects.
To the project website (in Russian)

PUBLICATION: “SOCIAL PARTICIPATION AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ELDERLY PEOPLE”

PUBLICATION: “SOCIAL PARTICIPATION AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ELDERLY PEOPLE”

The Russian-language publication that appeared in September is the outcome of a conference held in Minsk in the year 2012 devoted to the academic and scientific support of the funding programme DIALOGUE FORUM. German and East European experts followed projects in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine over several years to find out whether the programme achieves the intended effect – contributing to generating respect for the lives of elderly people, overcoming social isolation and giving them an opportunity to enter into discussions with young people about their experiences. The volume collects essays by German and Belarusian gerontologists and other scientists as well as information on the conference and the funding programme.
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TV-REPORT – WITH A SMILE AND A TEAR

TV-REPORT – WITH A SMILE AND A TEAR

Over ten years ago the Foundation EVZ provided financial support for starting up the “Frankfurt meeting centre for survivors of the Shoah” of the Central Welfare Office of the Jews in Germany. The meeting centre has long become a small oasis for the Jewish senior citizens. Just how important it still is to work for these elderly people in Germany today is now being shown by a 30-minute feature from the broadcasting company SWR that is being broadcast on various dates in November and December.
Broadcasting dates (in German)

CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME: FORCED LABOUR AND FORGOTTEN VICTIMS – REMEMBRANCE OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST INJUSTICE

NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME: FORCED LABOUR AND FORGOTTEN VICTIMS – REMEMBRANCE OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST INJUSTICE

The new funding programme of the Foundation EVZ, FORCED LABOUR AND ‘FORGOTTEN VICTIMS’, will be funding international projects that explore the history of forced labour under National Socialism or “forgotten” groups of victims of National Socialism as of 2014. It is also possible to apply for subsidies for international conferences that deal in a cross-context manner with the topic of forced labour under National Socialism.
Details of the call for applications and forms on the website of the Foundation EVZ (in German)

LEO BAECK FUNDING PROGRAMME

LEO BAECK FUNDING PROGRAMME

Our society bears historical responsibility for preserving German-Jewish history. The aim of the Foundation’s LEO BAECK PROGRAMME is to raise awareness of and acknowledge Jewish contributions to the cultural, economic and political development of Germany. The programme funds projects that show a differentiated and diverse picture of German-Jewish history and contribute to spreading knowledge about Jewish culture. The guiding idea is to embody Jewish contributions in society’s perception as an integral part of German and European history.
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EUROPEANS FOR PEACE FUNDING PROGRAMME

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE FUNDING PROGRAMME

School and youth groups in international partnerships with a school or non-school education provider are invited to apply for funding a joint project. Topic: “Watch out: discrimination!” Projects on exclusion then – and now. The Foundation EVZ is funding international school and youth projects between Germany and the countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and Israel in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme. In the projects young people can explore the themes of discrimination and persecution in the National Socialist era and/or questions of discrimination today. The financing covers pro-rated costs of travel, accommodation and board, project funds and fees.
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