Special newsletter to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war


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ONLINE ADS FOR THE “I’M STILL ALIVE!” CAMPAIGN

The Foundation EVZ developed the “I’m still alive!” campaign for the year of remembrance 2015. The campaign will be featured on the websites of many leading publications in Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Starting on 30 April, spiegel.de, zeit.de, sueddeutsche.de, faz.net, welt.de, handelsblatt.de and tagesspiegel.de will be showing pictures and quotes from eyewitness on their website banners. The Yorck cinema group in Berlin will be supporting the campaign by screening short film clips at the same time.
The portraits of elderly victims of National Socialism are a central element of the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the victims of National Socialism in Eastern Europe and to promote fundraising activities. Six survivors face the camera and tell their stories.

For more information go to: www.ich-lebe-noch.info (German only)

SUPPORT FROM THE FOUNDATION EVZ

70 YEARS AFTER THE END OF THE WAR, THE FOUNDATION EVZ FUNDS ENCOUNTERS WITH EYEWITNESSES

70 YEARS AFTER THE END OF THE WAR, THE FOUNDATION EVZ FUNDS ENCOUNTERS WITH EYEWITNESSES

For the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, many camp associations and memorial-site support organisations have asked the Foundation for assistance in order to finance eyewitness encounters. Since the beginning of the year, 47 applications have been approved that will enable invitations to be extended to over 280 eyewitnesses from 10 countries. In addition to attending major commemorative events at the former concentration camps in Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück, the eyewitnesses will also take part in a number of other ceremonies, for example one to commemorate those who perished in the death marches that started from the Kaufering and Allau subcamps of the Dachau concentration camp. Support is also being provided for a series of readings with survivor Zvi Aviram organised by the Anne Frank Center in Berlin. Aviram was a member of the Jewish resistance and active in the Berlin underground movement.

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6 MAY 2015 19:00 ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM. MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG DISCUSS THE RECOGNITION OF SOVIET POWS AS VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

6 MAY 2015 19:00 ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM. MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG DISCUSS THE RECOGNITION OF SOVIET POWS AS VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

“Eligibility cannot be based on prisoner-of-war status.” In 2000, the German Bundestag incoporated this principle in the Law on the Creation of a Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ). The Bundestag disregarded or was unaware at that time of the inhuman conditions experienced by Soviet prisoners of war, which were comparable with those in the concentration camps. Two petitions submitted by KONTAKTE-KOHTAKTbI calling for former Soviet POWs to be recognised as victims of National Socialism went unanswered. How do the parties today respond to the question of recognition?
Location: Gewerkschaftshaus Berlin-Schöneberg

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8 MAY 2015, 18:00 ~ THE EXHIBITION “WE WERE HUNGRY AND COLD” OPENS ITS DOORS

8 MAY 2015, 18:00 ~ THE EXHIBITION “WE WERE HUNGRY AND COLD” OPENS ITS DOORS

On the day of remembrance to commemorate the end of the Second World War, the exhibition created by the project “Unsere Geschichte/nasza historia – Zwangsarbeit/praca przymusowa” (our history, forced labour) will open to the public. The exhibition focuses on the history of forced labour under National Socialism in the Königs Wusterhausen region. Alongside the research activities carried out by the exhibition organisers, accompanying seminars were held for students at the Friedrich Schiller high school in Königs Wusterhausen and the Zespół szkół ogólnokształcących No. 6 high school in Stettin. The 16-to-18-year-olds evaluated archive materials and interviewed eyewitnesses. The seminar and exhibition project is being supported by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.

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8 MAY 2015 ~ EXHIBITION IN KYIV: “...LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR”

8 MAY 2015 ~ EXHIBITION IN KYIV: “...LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR”

After being shown in Chmelnyzky, Sokal, Drohobych, Lubny and Ivano-Frankivsk, the travelling exhibition “...like a breath of fresh air” opens at the National Parliament Library in Kyiv on 8 May 2015. The exhibition relates the stories of people from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus who survived National Socialist persecution, deportation, forced labour and the concentration camps 70 years ago. With this exhibition, the Foundation is drawing attention to the different fates suffered by the victims of National Socialism and actively promoting reconciliation and dialogue.

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8/9 MAY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE SERIES “SCENES AND MEMORIES OF THE SHOAH”: SAVED BUT NOT LIBERATED?

8/9 MAY 2015 ~ CONFERENCE SERIES “SCENES AND MEMORIES OF THE SHOAH”: SAVED BUT NOT LIBERATED?

70 years after 1945, the third conference of the supraregional research group at the Sigmund Freud Institute (SFI) in Frankfurt am Main looks into the delayed psychosocial consequences of the Shoah. The focus is on the different ways the perpetrators and collaborators on the one hand and the survivors on the other experienced and have come to terms with National Socialist rule. The speakers will incorporate literary, historical, psychoanalytical, sociological, sociopsychological as well as educational and cultural perspectives in their talks. Location: Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Nibelungenplatz 1, Frankfurt/Main.

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9 MAY 2015 ~ CONCERT: MEMORIAL CONCERT ON 9 MAY IN KYIV

9 MAY 2015 ~ CONCERT: MEMORIAL CONCERT ON 9 MAY IN KYIV

A memorial concert and reception is being held by the German Embassy at the Kyiv Philharmonic on 9 May. To mark the anniversary, the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra under the baton of general music director Andreas Hotz will be giving memorial concerts and entering into a (musical) dialogue in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. On 9 May the orchestra will be performing with Ukrainian pianist Denys Proshaev at the National Ukrainian Philharmonic in Kyiv. Like the musicians, the Foundation EVZ and its partners are working to foster understanding and reconciliation in these three countries. Günter Saathoff, Co-Director of the Foundation EVZ, will speak about the humanitarian commitment of the Foundation and its support for the victims of the National Socialist regime.

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EVENTS WITH RUSSIAN-SPEAKING VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN GERMANY

EVENTS WITH RUSSIAN-SPEAKING VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN GERMANY

Five organisations formed by Russian-speaking immigrants in Germany are holding special ceremonies with survivors of National Socialist persecution and Red Army veterans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. On 14 May, Club Dialog e.V. in Berlin is host to a group of survivors of the Leningrad Blockade and Red Army veterans from Berlin and Kaliningrad (www.club-dialog.de). Neue Zeiten – Weiden e.V. in Weiden (Upper Palatinate) and Elfe e.V. in Saarbrücken are bringing young and old together in a series of eyewitness interviews in the first week of May. The German-Russian Cultural, Social and Education Centre in Fulda and Mosaik e.V. are holding commemorative events on 9 May (Fulda) and 10 May (Aachen) in the presence of eyewitnesses. The events are being supported by the Foundation EVZ.

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FILM PORTRAITS OF VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM ON UKRAINIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION

FILM PORTRAITS OF VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM ON UKRAINIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION

From 11 April to 9 May 2015, the Ukrainian national broadcaster will be transmitting 10 spots featuring survivors of National Socialist persecution under the title “We love life”. The films, made by journalist Lesya Kartschenko, take an empathetic look at the elderly people in their everyday lives. With the cost-free transmission of these TV spots, Ukrainian national television is supporting the goals of the Dialogue Forum programme, through which the Foundation EVZ engenders respect for victims of National Socialism and promotes greater recognition in society of their life achievements.

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APRIL, MAY, JULY 2015 ~ OPERA: “MOSES AND AARON” – AN OPERA IN TWO ACTS (1957) BY ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

APRIL, MAY, JULY 2015 ~ OPERA: “MOSES AND AARON” – AN OPERA IN TWO ACTS (1957) BY ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

Ideas or deeds? Thoughts or images? Schoenberg's opera is a gripping musical drama about humankind's never-ending search for answers, about an insatiable longing for the “land of milk and honey”. Barrie Kosky draws on the millennia-old treasure of Jewish imagery to tell the story of the exodus of the Israelites – a unique parable of the searching nature of humankind. Russian star conductor Vladimir Jurowski will be at the rostrum to direct this major project with almost 200 performers. Location: Komische Oper Berlin.

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Online database of Soviet war graves in Germany

Online database of Soviet war graves in Germany

An online project that provides information on the graves and memorial sites in Germany for former Soviet forced labourers, prisoners of war and fallen soldiers has been completed in time for the remembrance ceremonies on 8 May. The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” and the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) have been supporting the project for the last two years. The database, which is accessible to the public, is the product of a joint initiative between the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst and the Embassy of the Russian Federation. In a symbolic act, the project initiators and sponsors flipped the on-switch at a special event at the Russian Embassy on 24 April 2015.

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7 MAY 2015 ~ FILM RELEASE: THE RESISTORS “THEIR SPIRIT PREVAILS…”

7 MAY 2015 ~ FILM RELEASE: THE RESISTORS “THEIR SPIRIT PREVAILS…”

THE RESISTORS (Die Widerständigen) is the second part of a documentary film project by Katrin Seybold focusing on the surviving proponents and supporters of the White Rose resistance movement formed around Hans and Sophie Scholl.
Some of the eyewitnesses portrayed in the film did not live to see its première at this year's Berlinale, and their last thoughts and feelings about the incidents in their fight against fascism survive only on film. This work has now become a historic document. It is also the last film made by Katrin Seybold, who was suddenly taken ill and died as it was being completed. Fellow filmmaker and long-time friend Ula Stöckl took over work on the film THE RESISTORS “their spirit prevails...” and saw the project through to completion.

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PROGRAMME OF THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN MUSEUM IN BERLIN-KARLSHORST – HISTORIC SITE OF THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES ON 8 MAY 1945

PROGRAMME OF THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN MUSEUM IN BERLIN-KARLSHORST – HISTORIC SITE OF THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES ON 8 MAY 1945

The German-Russian Museum has put together a programme with numerous events, academic conferences and exhibition projects that provide insights into the events leading up to the end of the war in 1945 and its consequences and repercussions. There are three central themes: Our memories of the end of the war and the different forms of remembrance; how we, as individuals and in society, come to terms with and work through the experience of war; and how we deal with forgotten victim groups that have received little attention to date.
Programme highlights include the museum festival on 8 May 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe; the special exhibition “9 May. Ways of remembering the end of the war in 1945”; the completion and online launch of the German-Russian documentary project “Soviet graves and memorials in Germany”; the “#erinnern_kontrovers” (controversial memories) conference; a performance by Russian street artist Tima Radya; a lecture and discussion series (14 April to 2 September 2015); and the special exhibition on German-Russian relations since 1945, which will be on show at the Martin-Gropius-Bau from October 2015.

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