Newsletter 04/2015


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WE MOURN THE LOSS OF DR MARTIN SALM

The Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors and the staff of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ) mourn the loss of Dr Martin Salm. The former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation EVZ died in Berlin on 7 November following a serious illness. Salm joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in October 2006. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors from July 2007 to March 2015.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

19 - 24 NOVEMBER 2015 ~ FEDERAL YOUTH CONFERENCE 2015 ORGANISED BY AMARO DROM E.V. AND TERNENGO DROM E ROMENGO – YOUNG ROMA IN LOWER SAXONY, REGISTERED ASSOCIATION

19 - 24 NOVEMBER 2015 ~ FEDERAL YOUTH CONFERENCE 2015 ORGANISED BY AMARO DROM E.V. AND TERNENGO DROM E ROMENGO – YOUNG ROMA IN LOWER SAXONY, REGISTERED ASSOCIATION

This year the slogan of the Federal Youth Conference organised by Amaro Drom and Ternengo Drom e Romengo is "Me sem kate! E tu? – Count me in! And you?" The conference will have an international focus. The everyday reality of Sinti and of Roma is currently the subject of much discussion. This also concerns people who have immigrated from the Balkan states. Both in Germany and in the countries of South-Eastern Europe, Roma are joining together to improve their own situation. Young people from all over Germany and 50 young people from Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro will be attending the Federal Youth Conference. The Federal Youth Conference 2015 aims to create a space for getting to know each other, for networking, for joint activities, and not least for fun.
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7 DECEMBER 2015 ~ EVENT SERIES TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. EXPERIENCES OF COMING TO TERMS WITH STATE-PERPETRATED VIOLENCE AND MASSIVE VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

7 DECEMBER 2015 ~ EVENT SERIES TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. EXPERIENCES OF COMING TO TERMS WITH STATE-PERPETRATED VIOLENCE AND MASSIVE VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Coming to terms with and punishment of state-perpetrated violence and violations of human rights play a major role in the transition from tyranny and dictatorship. The question that arises is how peace and reconciliation can be achieved between societies, or between different states. Individual experiences often retreat behind the interests of government or society. Tackling the past covers not only legal prosecution of state injustice, but also rehabilitation and compensation of the victims. However, this also includes recognition of the injustice by politicians and society, education programmes and the establishment of museums and memorial sites. Truth and reconciliation commissions from various countries try to find their pathways to tackle these issues.
© Photo Harald Schmitt


UP TO 15 DECEMBER 2015 ~ CABINET EXHIBITION: "IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY". PUBLICATIONS FROM THE CAMPS FOR DISPLACED PERSONS

UP TO 15 DECEMBER 2015 ~ CABINET EXHIBITION: "IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY". PUBLICATIONS FROM THE CAMPS FOR DISPLACED PERSONS

In the years 1945 to 1950, many Jews found initial safety and accommodation in the Camps for Displaced Persons (DP) established by the British and the Americans. The people were uprooted. They had survived the horrors of labour, concentration and extermination camps, or had held out in the underground and in hiding. They were unable or unwilling to return to their home towns and villages. A few hundred literary works originated in the DP camps, helping the inmates to come to terms with what they had experienced, to find new orientation, to offer education, to provide each other with information or to campaign. The newspapers, brochures and books of the Jewish DP were long disregarded by academics and collectors. The Cabinet Exhibition shows some of the works written in Yiddish or the Hebrew language. The accompanying catalogue provides information in German and English about the history of the camps for Displaced Persons, describing life there and introducing some of the works. The catalogue was funded in the Leo Baeck Programme.
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UP TO 10 JANUARY 2016 ~ EXHIBITION: "REDRAWING STORIES FROM THE PAST"

UP TO 10 JANUARY 2016 ~ EXHIBITION: "REDRAWING STORIES FROM THE PAST"

In the near future we shall no longer have any eyewitnesses able to give us first-hand reports about the crimes of National Socialism. There are still many "forgotten victims". At the same time remembrance of their stories urgently requires new and lively concepts, especially for young people and for a world that is growing together. The project "Redrawing stories from the past" brings together forgotten history, art and youth culture. Five young graphic novel artists from different European countries set off to follow and search for traces of the past. This exhibition and a publication were produced as a result. The project was funded in the "Forced Labour and Forgotten Victims" funding programme.
Venue: Galerie im Saalbau, Karl-Marx-Strasse 141, 12043 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 10:00 – 20:00 h.
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STARTING IN JANUARY ~ “FUTURE OF REMEMBRANCE”. NATIONWIDE SCHOOL CINEMA PROGRAME FOR REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST IN FILM

STARTING IN JANUARY ~ “FUTURE OF REMEMBRANCE”. NATIONWIDE SCHOOL CINEMA PROGRAME FOR REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST IN FILM

The series will focus on getting to grips with the topics of Holocaust, National Socialism and antisemitism. In altogether 15 film series a selection from 46 films in the Arsenal collection will be shown and integrated into school cinema screenings. They will be followed by discussions on the films with the young students. The project “Future of remembrance – Nationwide school cinema programme for remembering the Holocaust in film” is being organised by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art registered association, with support from the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ) and in cooperation with local school cinema weeks in 2016.
Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst

12 JANUAR 2016 ~ EVENT SERIES TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. COMMEMORATION, REMEMBRANCE, EDUCATION

12 JANUAR 2016 ~ EVENT SERIES TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. COMMEMORATION, REMEMBRANCE, EDUCATION

Commemoration, remembrance and education help to make amends to victims of massive, systematic injustice. These forms of grappling with a violence-ridden past also serve to establish democracy by strengthening the humane orientation of a society and preventing repetition of what happened.
Commemorating victims means opening up spaces for mourning those killed and for empathising with survivors of systematic injustice. Remembering means a critical examination of the history of this injustice and saving it from being forgotten or suppressed. Education means passing on knowledge and experiences and repeatedly reflecting on them.
The event series “Transitional Justice. Instruments – Experiences – Challenge” is a cooperation arrangement between the Federal Foundation for the Reconciliation of the SED Dictatorship, the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR) and the Foundation EVZ.
DIMR

21 JANUARY 2016 ~ OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: “BRAUNSCHWEIG – ŁODŹ 1939. TWO CITIES AT THE START OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR” A GERMAN-POLISH EXHIBITION

21 JANUARY 2016 ~ OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: “BRAUNSCHWEIG – ŁODŹ 1939. TWO CITIES AT THE START OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR” A GERMAN-POLISH EXHIBITION

In the school year 2014/2015 a German and a Polish group of school pupils researched the history of Braunschweig and Łodź in the National Socialist era. Nearly all the forced labourers deployed in Braunschweig came from the Łodź ghetto. The young people met up in October 2014 and April 2015 and developed a joint exhibition on Braunschweig and Łodź in the year 1939, at the start of the Second World war. The exhibition shows the municipal development of Łodź, the “Manchester of the East”, with its German, Russian, Polish and Jewish population, and of Braunschweig, which presented itself as a model National Socialist city.
Europeans for Peace

27 JANUARY 2016 ~ EXHIBITION: "LIFE AFTER SURVIVAL"

27 JANUARY 2016 ~ EXHIBITION: "LIFE AFTER SURVIVAL"

The organisation Amcha in Israel is helping more than 17,000 Holocaust survivors to live with their trauma. The Foundation EVZ has been funding this engagement since 2001. In close cooperation with Amcha, the photographer Helena Schätzle has accompanied and portrayed survivors. In sensitive and perceptive photos she shows moments of trauma, mourning, loneliness and fear, as well as moments of turning to life, love and joy in the family. Her exhibition, which is expected to open in the atrium of the German Federal Foreign Office on 27 January 2016, shows all aspects of life after survival in pictures and quotations.
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10 FEBRUARY 2016 ~ EVENT SERIES TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. PROSECUTION OF SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

10 FEBRUARY 2016 ~ EVENT SERIES TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. PROSECUTION OF SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The prosecution of serious violations of human rights following a transformation of society is considered to be an essential component of coming to terms with a vanquished unjust regime. But when do human rights demand the prosecution of public officials? What experiences has Germany accumulated with criminal prosecution following the National Socialist regime and injustice in the former German Democratic Republic? What is the relationship between national and international criminal justice? What options for action exist when prosecution at the national level fails?


FUNDING NEWS

THEATRE PERFORMANCE: "POSTCARDS FROM YESTERDAY TO TOMORROW" IN THEATER O.N., BERLIN

THEATRE PERFORMANCE: "POSTCARDS FROM YESTERDAY TO TOMORROW" IN THEATER O.N., BERLIN

Schoolgirls from Berlin-Hellersdorf selected eight interviews with Shoah survivors and former forced labourers under National Socialism and found their own interpretations and references to these stories. Together with the theatre artists of the registered Berlin organisation “spreeagenten e.V.”, the young people translated these biographies into personal "Performance Postcards". The stage production, made up of 17 miniature portraits, was presented several times in October in the Theater o.N. and at schools.
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TRAVELLING EXHIBITION: "FORCED LABOUR. THE GERMANS, THE FORCED LABOURERS AND THE WAR"

TRAVELLING EXHIBITION: "FORCED LABOUR. THE GERMANS, THE FORCED LABOURERS AND THE WAR"

On 4 November 2015 the international travelling exhibition "Forced labour. The Germans, the forced labourers and the war" of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation opened at the Museum of Labour in Hamburg. The exhibition was initiated and funded by the Foundation EVZ. Between 1939 and 1945 over 20 million men, women and children, “foreign workers”, prisoners of war or concentration camp inmates, were forced to work in the German Reich and the occupied territories in Europe. How was the forced labour system created? What stories were obscured behind the walls and fences of the camps and barracks of the factories in which people had to work for the Third Reich up to the point of total exhaustion? The exhibition provides answers to these questions. Hamburg’s armament and war economy also profited in many ways from the racially oriented system of forced labour. In two sections, the exhibition therefore addresses forced labour in Hamburg’s armaments production and – taking Hamburg as an example – the cosmos of the camps in a major German city. The Museum of Labour and the Körber-Foundation offer an extensive flanking programme for the exhibition. During its station in Hamburg up to 3 April 2016, there will be lectures, readings, discussions with experts, conferences and excursions, and educational programmes for schools.
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SEMINAR: UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF PRISONERS AND VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN KYIV

SEMINAR: UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF PRISONERS AND VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN KYIV

On 29 September 2015, the day of remembrance for Babi Yar, the Ukrainian Association of Prisoners and Victims of National Socialism organised a seminar for its target group and for students at a school in Kyiv. The participants learned how in 1941, 33,000 people, mainly of Jewish origin, were murdered within just two days. The eyewitness Ludmila Tarassenko-Salevskaya gave a particularly impressive account of her memories. Together with other local residents, in September 1941 she was able to save a Jewish girl from certain death. The Association offers psychosocial support and assistance in daily life to combat loneliness of elderly and non-mobile victims of National Socialism and encourages inter-generational dialogue through encounters with eyewitnesses.
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VIDEO: PORTRAITS OF VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN UKRAINIAN TELEVISION

VIDEO: PORTRAITS OF VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN UKRAINIAN TELEVISION

In commemoration of the massacre of 33,000 Jews in the Kyiv Babi Yar ravine, the First National Programme of Ukrainian Television showed brief film portraits of ten survivors of National Socialist persecution. In the film, the elderly people remember the persecution by the National Socialists and express their hopes for the present. The eyewitnesses portrayed are participants in the “Dialogue Forum” programme.
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CONFERENCE: MUSLIM JEWISH CONFERENCE 2015

CONFERENCE: MUSLIM JEWISH CONFERENCE 2015

The sixth international Muslim Jewish Conference was held in Berlin under the patronage of German Foreign Minister Steinmeier from 16 – 22 August 2015. During the conference week, 150 young professionals and students from 40 countries discussed topics such as Islamophobia, antisemitism, hate speech, life as part of a minority: power, religion & human rights, art and culture, gender and religion, conflict resolution, and project development and implementation.
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EMERGENCY AID TRANSPORT: FOOD SUPPLIES ARRIVE IN THE EAST UKRAINIAN TOWNS OF ALCHEVSK, GORLOVKA AND PRIYANKA

EMERGENCY AID TRANSPORT: FOOD SUPPLIES ARRIVE IN THE EAST UKRAINIAN TOWNS OF ALCHEVSK, GORLOVKA AND PRIYANKA

The victims of National Socialism still remaining in the regions that are currently no longer controlled by the Ukrainian government are suffering from severe supply shortages. At the end of October a first transport operation delivered seven tons of food supplies to associations of victims of National Socialism and veteran organisations. These arrange for distribution to their elderly members. The project executing organisation Turbota pro Litnih reports kilometre-long traffic jams at the border, truck searches and administrative obstacles on entering the occupied zones. Two further transport operations are planned before the end of the year, carrying not only food but also hygiene products and materials for repairing windows.
to the project executing organisation Turbota pro Litnih

COMPETITION: INTERNATIONAL FINALS WEEK OF "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE" IN RIGA

COMPETITION: INTERNATIONAL FINALS WEEK OF "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE" IN RIGA

18-year-old Anna Ryan from Budapest was able to demonstrate her persuasiveness and expert knowledge in the final debate on the topic "Should all Member States of the Council of Europe take a minimum number of refugees every year?", a proposal which she supported. František Posolda from the Czech Republic took second place, playing against Anna on the opposite side. 19-year-old Csenge Dörner from Hungary and 18-year-old Iva Lambová from the Czech Republic also qualified for the international final in the Concert Hall of the Latvian National Library and took third and fourth places. Altogether 2000 young people participated in the competition in 2015.
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SUPPORT PROJECTS: FOR ROMA SURVIVORS OF THE GENOCIDE

SUPPORT PROJECTS: FOR ROMA SURVIVORS OF THE GENOCIDE

This autumn five humanitarian projects directed to needy survivors of the Roma genocide are set to start. Roma in need in the Ukrainian cities of Odessa, Kharkov, Zolotonosha, Uzhgorod and Zaporizhia are being supported through distribution of food parcels, sanitary products and heating materials, as well as by practical assistance from volunteers. The Foundation EVZ is funding the five organisations with altogether EUR 250,000.
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DOCUMENTARY THEATRE: "ACTION N! A NEUKÖLLN COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO NATIONAL SOCIALISM" AT THE HEIMATHAFEN NEUKÖLLN THEATRE IN BERLIN

DOCUMENTARY THEATRE: "ACTION N! A NEUKÖLLN COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO NATIONAL SOCIALISM" AT THE HEIMATHAFEN NEUKÖLLN THEATRE IN BERLIN

During the Third Reich, the Heimathafen Neukölln theatre was a furniture store for the household belongings of Jews deported from Neukölln. A group of Neukölln citizens together with artists from Theaterhaus Berlin set off to research this local history. Their investigations led to creation of the stage play "Action N! A Neukölln Committee of Inquiry into National Socialism". It tells the story of the people behind the furniture and asks what all this has to do with us today. The play was performed altogether eight times in September and October and detailed reports of the project were published in the Tagespiegel, zitty and many other media in the Berlin area.
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DISCUSSION EVENT: CIVIL SOCIETY SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

DISCUSSION EVENT: CIVIL SOCIETY SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM

Commitment to victims of National Socialism was the subject of a discussion event held on 28 October at the Chernihiv State Technological University, where over 100 students of social work discussed various aspects with the psychiatrist and human rights activist Semyon Gluzman. The chairman of the “Dialogue Forum” programme advisory council and the journalist Lesya Kharchenko talked about the fates of persecutees of National Socialism and possibilities of civil society support for the very elderly survivors in Ukraine.
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CONCERT SERIES: CLASSIC FOR PEACE

CONCERT SERIES: CLASSIC FOR PEACE

Young people from Ukraine and Russia played music together with young musicians from the German state of Hesse. Three concerts were given in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and Berlin as part of the youth exchange. From Hesse to Berlin, above all one profound wish resounded in the music – to bring about peace through concerts of classical music. Without expressing any verbal political message, the young music ambassadors communicated their peace wish clearly to the public. All the participating Ukrainian and Russian musicians stayed with German families in Darmstadt. In this way both sides were able to get to know each other in everyday situations, undertake activities together and have fun together. The project was supported in the "Meet Up! - German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters" programme.
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GERMAN-ISRAELI YOUTH CONGRESS IN ISRAEL

GERMAN-ISRAELI YOUTH CONGRESS IN ISRAEL

The second part of the German-Israeli Youth Congress 2015 is being held in Neve Ilan, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (Israel) from 16 to 20 November 2015. The Youth Congress follows on from the meeting of approx. 300 young people from Germany and Israel in Berlin in May 2015. The wide-ranging workshops and discussions focus on the experiences, successes and challenges of German-Israeli relations in the past, present and future. In Israel the young people will continue to work on new ideas for the German-Israeli youth exchange. The Foundation EVZ promotes the participation of young people in the Congress organised by ConAct and the Israel Youth Exchange Authority (IYEA). It is one of the jubilee projects marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. The Foundation EVZ has been promoting German-Israeli encounters of school and non-school groups in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme for ten years now. You can follow the Congress via the blog:
www.youth-congress-2015.org

NEW PUBLICATIONS

COUNTER-HISTORY. SECOND WORLD WAR AND HOLOCAUST – DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

COUNTER-HISTORY. SECOND WORLD WAR AND HOLOCAUST – DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Was there a "return of history" to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe after 1989? Had historical memory been “frozen” there before this time? There is no doubt that the ruling parties instrumentalised, suppressed and falsified history, particularly that of the Second World War. To date, however, little note has been taken of the fact that dissidents in these countries came to terms with history in their own ways. They drew up a large number of "counter-histories" that ran contrary to the prevailing narrative. With the Holocaust, the expulsion of the German population or the non-communist resistance against National Socialism, sensitive or taboo subjects were discussed and were found on the agenda after 1989 too. This volume recounts such debates – in some cases for the first time –and analyses them as part of an oppositional history culture. (in German)
to Leipziger Universitätsverlag

“WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER EDUCATION”. RECOMMENDATIONS ON EQUALITY IN EDUCATION FOR SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

“WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER EDUCATION”. RECOMMENDATIONS ON EQUALITY IN EDUCATION FOR SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY

How can access to education for Sinti and Roma be improved? How can equal opportunities be achieved? What principles must be observed to improve participation in education and educational attainments? And how can data need for this be surveyed and academic studies be conducted? The Foundation EVZ set up a nationwide working group to discuss these issues in which specialists from Sinti and Roma organisations played a leading role. Experts from the German states, municipalities, foundations and research and academia participated as equals. After two years of work their jointly drafted recommendations are now available. (in German).
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ONLINE PUBLICATION: "FROM TESTIMONY TO STORY. VIDEO INTERVIEWS ABOUT NAZI CRIMES. PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN FOUR COUNTRIES"

ONLINE PUBLICATION: "FROM TESTIMONY TO STORY. VIDEO INTERVIEWS ABOUT NAZI CRIMES. PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN FOUR COUNTRIES"

The Foundation EVZ has just published the second volume of its publication series "Educational work with testimonies" online on its website. The English-language anthology presents various collections of interviews with survivors of National Socialism. Experts from Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany report on educational work with eyewitness interviews and reflect on international developments, trends and debates in this field. The publication documents the results of three international seminars that the Foundation EVZ held in its event series "Discovering and Understanding. Educational work with testimonies of victims of National Socialism" in the years 2010 and 2011.
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CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE – DISCRIMINATION: WATCH OUT!

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE – DISCRIMINATION: WATCH OUT!

The EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme supports international exchange projects for young people from Germany and countries in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Israel. Schools and non-school institutions that are responsible for providing education services can form international partnerships and apply for funding for joint projects. The theme for the current call for applications is: “Discrimination: Watch out! Projects on exclusion then and now”. For ten years now, the Foundation EVZ has been successfully mobilising the commitment of young people for human rights and understanding between peoples through the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme.
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DIALOGUE FORUM

DIALOGUE FORUM

Organisations from Belarus and Ukraine can still submit applications for the “Dialogue Forum” programme up to 30 November. The programme addresses people who wish to support the elderly victims of National Socialism who are frequently in need of assistance and to help improve their social situation. The call for applications and the application forms as well as further information are available on the programme website.
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