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Annette Schavan appointed as the new Chair of the EVZ Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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Annette Schavan appointed as the new Chair of the EVZ Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Retired Federal Minister Annette Schavan was appointed as the Chair of the EVZ Foundation’s Board of Trustees by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel effective September 1, 2019. Annette Schavan was a member of the German Bundestag from 2005 to 2014 and served as the Federal Minister of Education and Research from 2005 to 2013. From July 2014 to June 2018, she was the German Ambassador to the Holy See. The 27 members of the Board of Trustees are assigned for a term of four years by such bodies as Germany’s two federal legislative chambers (Bundestag and Bundesrat), German industry, and those countries and organizations that were involved in the international negotiations regarding the Foundation’s establishment.
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Funding news

FINALS WEEK FOR JUGEND DEBATTIERT INTERNATIONAL

Foto: Tomáš Železný / Jugend debattiert international

FINALS WEEK FOR JUGEND DEBATTIERT INTERNATIONAL

From October 6 to 11, 2019, the 13th international finals week for the German-language “Jugend debattiert international” debate competition will take place in Budapest. During finals week, 24 young people from twelve countries will compete to secure one of the four places in the finals. The final debate will be livestreamed on October 10 starting at 11:30 a.m. Director and screenwriter Ildikó Enyedi is serving as the patron of this year’s finals week.
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Networking event for Sinti and Roma organizations

Foto: Caspar Schwalbe / Hildegard Lagrenne Stiftung

Networking event for Sinti and Roma organizations

The “Achieving more together. Networking event of the Romno communities” was held in Berlin on October 2, 2019. The EVZ Foundation and the Freudenberg Foundation have invited all projects receiving funding to attend. The aim is to increase educational participation and self-organization of Sinti and Roma in Germany.
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Presentation of the EVZ Foundation Award for Jewish-Muslim Solidarity

Presentation of the EVZ Foundation Award for Jewish-Muslim Solidarity

Racist and antisemitic tendencies have been on the rise in society in recent years. As a way of taking meaningful action against these ideologies of inequality and creating a positive counternarrative instead, the EVZ Foundation has teamed up with the registered association Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism to present an award to the best initiative seeking to strengthen Muslim-Jewish solidarity. The award winners will be honored on November 21, 2019. Initiatives from Germany and the United States were eligible to apply, with an award going to one initiative from each country.
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BIKE MARATHON: I SEE! I CAN! I WILL!

Foto: Pavel Baravik

BIKE MARATHON: I SEE! I CAN! I WILL!

Achievement unlocked: 1,000 km pedaled! Young people with and without visual impairments made their way on tandem bicycles from Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine via Kraków, Poland, all the way to the Bundestag in Berlin. Together, the group mastered the elements, facing mountains, sun, rain, and wind. Every day served up something inspiring, whether the cyclists found it in the cities and regional museums they visited or during their encounters with locals. The bike marathon surmounted borders and barriers on this extraordinary trip. The project was funded as part of the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE program.
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Young Ukrainians and Germans step up for a bright, colorful future

Foto: Ira Bolesta

Young Ukrainians and Germans step up for a bright, colorful future

Leave the drab gray of everyday life behind and step into a fascinating world of color. Meet “Paint your town,” aka Jana and Olga—a German and a Ukrainian—who won the public choice award at the 2018 MEET UP! ideas-pitching session. Their artistic interventions are helping wonderful Chernivtsi to shine even more brightly. To help them with this, Jana and Olga invited young people from Germany and Ukraine in the summer to discuss ideas, make plans, and turn their visions of a community worth living in into reality.
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Coalition building to combat antisemitism and antigypsyism

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Coalition building to combat antisemitism and antigypsyism

In fall 2019, seven projects in Lithuania, Poland, and the Czech Republic will kick off their local coalition projects against antisemitism and antigypsyism. The project teams were the winning applicants in the call for “Project Ideas against Discrimination and Hate – Striving for a Society of Solidarity.” From August 28 to 30, 2019, 24 activists from the coalitions met in Berlin for a capacity-building and networking workshop.
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Online projects

“My Heimat, my Holocaust” web series

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“My Heimat, my Holocaust” web series

In the “My Heimat, my Holocaust” web series, funded as part of the “Educating through Testimonies” funding program, dogfluencer Oskar examines what we associate nowadays with the word “Heimat” (which roughly translates as “home” or “homeland”), and how to think about the ways in which “Heimat” and “remembrance culture” overlap or might be reconciled.
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“Silent Testimonies” project

Foto: GHWK Berlin

“Silent Testimonies” project

The German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, marked the beginning of the Second World War in Europe. In Poland, this is an important historic date that serves as an occasion of commemoration and remembrance. In Germany’s commemorative landscape, the invasion of Poland is overshadowed by the subsequent wars of conquest. Together with the Leibniz Center for Contemporary History Potsdam and students from Freie Universität Berlin, the House of the Wannsee Conference Educational and Memorial Site appealed to the public in both German and Polish to look for pictures and documents from September and October 1939. The collected materials were turned into an online exhibition that was financed by the EVZ Foundation.
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Events

“andersartig-gedenken on stage” award ceremony

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“andersartig-gedenken on stage” award ceremony

The “andersartig-gedenken on stage” school and youth theater competition, in which participants created theater projects based on the biographies of victims of Nazi “euthanasia” crimes, has drawn to a successful close. A panel of experts selected six winning productions out of 15 entries. The award ceremony will take place in Berlin’s Theater Thikwa on November 19, 2019. The competition is a project spearheaded by the registered association Förderkreis Gedenkort T4 e.V. The EVZ Foundation has funded this project already for the second time now.
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EUROPEANS FOR PEACE Youth Conference: The Good Human or the Human Good – Footprints of Modern Slavery

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE Youth Conference: The Good Human or the Human Good – Footprints of Modern Slavery

From November 7 to 11, 60 young people from twelve countries will come together to learn as a group and to develop their own project ideas. The conference will focus on the prohibition of slavery and forced labor (Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), examine slavery and forced labor in different historical periods and in the present day, and discuss forward-looking ideas for sustainable consumption in particular.
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Commemoration ceremony at the German Soccer Museum on November 10

Foto: Archiv Susana Baron

Commemoration ceremony at the German Soccer Museum on November 10

Exactly 81 years after the destruction of the Jewish sports movement by the National Socialist regime, the German Soccer Museum in Dortmund will shine light on this largely forgotten chapter in German soccer history as part of a commemorative ceremony and add the only surviving jersey from this period to its permanent exhibition. In addition, representatives from the soccer world and society will discuss the issue of antisemitism in sports.
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Dance theater: From dance moves to political statement

Foto: Joris-Jan Bos

Dance theater: From dance moves to political statement

“ATLAS 2 – Dialog of One” is a choreographic exploration by the Emanuele Soavi INcompany of ways of expressing political protest and individuality. Together with scholars, students, and partner institutions, Soavi probed the biographies of dancers in the early 20th century and looked at the extent to which a critique of the times is evident in their pieces and how personal sexual identity can turn art into a catalyst of political reprisals. The production premiered on September 21 in Cologne, and other performances are scheduled to follow still this year.
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Seminar: „Local Perspectives on Difficult Histories: An Open Exchange for Best Practices in Memory Work.“

Seminar: „Local Perspectives on Difficult Histories: An Open Exchange for Best Practices in Memory Work.“

The EVZ Foundation and Lublin-based “Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN” are inviting project partners from the “Forced Labor and Forgotten Victims” funding program and other organizations that tackle memory work in the EVZ Foundation’s target countries to Lublin, Poland, from November 26 to 29. The seminar aims to bring together people from the field of remembrance culture in the hopes that they learn from each other, find ways to collaborate, and establish networks.
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Panel discussion in Berlin on antisemitism on the Internet

Foto Sawsan Chebli: Privat / Foto Felix Klein: BMI / Montage: polisphere

Panel discussion in Berlin on antisemitism on the Internet

A panel discussion titled “Jew-Hatred 2.0 – Strategies to Combat Antisemitism on the Internet” will take place on October 22. During the discussion, Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism Felix Klein, along with Berlin State Secretary for Civic Engagement Sawsan Chebli, among others, will talk with representatives from the cultural and civil-society sectors as well as from the Jewish community. The objective is to develop strategies to combat the rise in antisemitic hostilities online. The event is part of the europX project—conducted by polisphere and funded by the EVZ Foundation—for strengthening digital democracies in Europe.
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Exhibitions

“Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust” exhibition

“Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust” exhibition

The “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust” exhibition by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was displayed for the first time in Germany. The registered association Miteinander e.V. organized the exhibition in public spaces in three cities in Saxony-Anhalt and offered events for the general public and schools. Thanks to support from the EVZ Foundation, it was possible to display the exhibition at Martin Luther University in Halle, at the Gardelegen municipal library, and in Saxony-Anhalt’s state parliament in Magdeburg.
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Opening of the “Roma Genocide in Ukraine” exhibition

Opening of the “Roma Genocide in Ukraine” exhibition

The “Roma Genocide in Ukraine” exhibition will open in Kyiv on September 30 at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War. The exhibition was created as part of a project between the registered association Bildungswerks für Friedensarbeit e.V. and the EVZ Foundation. The project explores and remembers the Roma genocide in occupied Ukraine. Further openings will take place in October and November in Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, and Poltava.
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Publications

Conference proceedings for the “Gray on Gray” project

Conference proceedings for the “Gray on Gray” project

The “Gray on Gray – Aesthetic and Political Practices in Remembrance Culture” conference took place in 2017 at Kunstuniversität Linz in Austria. The detailed proceedings of the conference are now available and have been published by Metropol-Verlag. The articles address such issues as the aesthetics of places of significance to the perpetrators, the staging of gas chambers, the design of open spaces of remembrance, and the presentation of exhibition notes. Four case studies investigate how memorials are composed. The conferences and their related proceedings were funded as part of the “Forced Labor and Forgotten Victims” funding program.
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Current open calls

New OPEN CALL: MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters 2020

New OPEN CALL: MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters 2020

In what ways can young Europeans assume responsibility within their respective contexts given a wide range of problems and challenges? How are they shaping effective changes in their neighborhoods and societies? These questions are at the heart of the new and innovative open call for MEET UP!. The application deadline is November 3, 2019.
Link to the open call

Celebrate diversity! We are celebrating 15 years of EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

Celebrate diversity! We are celebrating 15 years of EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

There is a special open call for projects in 2020/21 to mark the program’s milestone anniversary. Apply now and surprise us with your ideas!
Link to the open call

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