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Dear Readers,

The EVZ Foundation is bidding farewell to several members of the Board of Trustees after their four-year term in office and is also welcoming several new members. We would like to thank those who are leaving for their dedication, and we look forward to working with the new members who are joining us. The Board’s first meeting will also be a first of another kind: Due to the pandemic, it will be held in analog and digital form.
The pandemic has also meant we have had to postpone the celebration of the Foundation’s twentieth anniversary until next year. But we are still looking forward to getting started on our third decade with new and existing partners alike, even if we are unable to celebrate our anniversary at this time. After all, our work centers on all those who put their conviction into contributing to an open, pluralistic society in the projects funded by the Foundation. As always, you will find a selection of these diverse projects in this newsletter.

On behalf of the entire Foundation team,
Dr. Andrea Despot

FOUNDATION NEWS

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVZ FOUNDATION

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVZ FOUNDATION

A total of 5,310 projects with 144.5 million euros – the numbers are large, but they only hint at the countless people and stories behind the projects the Foundation has funded over the past 20 years. During the first six years of the Foundation’s existence, the primary focus was making compensation payments to former forced laborers. The process of developing the project funding as we know it today began after this point. The EVZ Foundation’s history is full of spectacular moments: In this anniversary year, people from a great number of countries have sent in remarkable stories from their projects. You’ll find a selection of these stories on the EVZ Foundation’s new Instagram channel. We would like to thank you, our partners, and everyone involved in our projects for your commitment. We look forward to the years ahead!
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SUPPORTING elderly VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM DURING THE PANDEMIC

Foto: Jakub Deka

SUPPORTING elderly VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM DURING THE PANDEMIC

The team at the Foundation has been considering the best ways to reach survivors of National Socialism during the ongoing pandemic.
We are very happy that we were able to send large numbers of protective face masks to organizations that support the victims of National Socialism. This was made possible thanks to Robert Bosch GmbH and Christoph Kübel, a member of our Board of Trustees.
A shipment of 239,600 protective masks was sent to our long-standing partner organization, the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation in Warsaw – and the masks are already being distributed!


ANNETTE SCHAVAN DISCUSSES THE EUROPEAN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY FOR SINTI AND ROMA

Foto: Laurence Chaperon

ANNETTE SCHAVAN DISCUSSES THE EUROPEAN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY FOR SINTI AND ROMA

The European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma was observed on August 2. In a video message, Annette Schavan, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the EVZ Foundation, drew attention to the fact that the process of dealing with anti-gypsyism is only in its early stages in most European societies. At the same time, stigmatization, hatred, and marginalization against members of the Roma and Sinti communities are on the rise again in many countries, especially during the pandemic. The EVZ Foundation is responding to this by providing funding to support efforts to strengthen participation in education and self-organization on the part of the Sinti and Roma communities.
Link to video

THE EVZ FOUNDATION RECEIVES AWARD FOR STRATEGIC EQUITY ALLOCATION

Ann-Grit Lehmann, unsere Leiterin Finanzen, nahm den Preis entgegen. Foto: Andreas Schwarz

THE EVZ FOUNDATION RECEIVES AWARD FOR STRATEGIC EQUITY ALLOCATION

The EVZ Foundation has received the portfolio institutionell Award for “Best Equity Investor.”
The award is conferred on institutional investors who have put in place outstanding processes for their capital investments. This enables the Foundation to successfully generate resources for its funding activities and pursue its activities effectively.
Link to press release

FUNDING NEWS

RECAP: MEET UP! FUTURE LAB

RECAP: MEET UP! FUTURE LAB

German-Ukrainian youth encounters were the focus of the agenda at the MEET UP! Future Lab, held from September 8 to 10. The EVZ Foundation used the digital Future Lab to bring active program participants and project managers together with individuals who were interested in getting involved. Everyone was impressed by the interactive program, which helped the participants get to know each other, network, and share ideas!
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OCTOBER 12: LECTURE SERIES: “SCANDAL, THE IMPUDENT MESSENGER – THE GREAT GERMAN HISTORY DEBATES”

OCTOBER 12: LECTURE SERIES: “SCANDAL, THE IMPUDENT MESSENGER – THE GREAT GERMAN HISTORY DEBATES”

“Scandal, the impudent messenger – the great German history debates”—a lecture series presented by historian Hannes Heer, funded by the EVZ Foundation—is to continue at the URANIA Berlin after a break due to the pandemic.
The topic on October 12 will be “The incendiary. Martin Walser’s speech at St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt.”
The controversy surrounding Martin Walser was triggered by a 1998 speech in which the author condemned public commemoration of the Holocaust as “permanent presentation of our shame.”
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EMPOWERMENT FOR ROMA: TRAINING EDUCATIONAL COUNSELORS

Foto: Carmen e.V.

EMPOWERMENT FOR ROMA: TRAINING EDUCATIONAL COUNSELORS

The “Empowerment for Roma – EmpoR” project funded by the EVZ Foundation is providing training for 20 Roma in North Rhine-Westphalia so they can become qualified educational counselors. These individuals will work in schools attended by Roma children, where they will help educators become more aware of the Roma community’s potential. The goal is to address the topic of discrimination and make an active contribution to overcoming it.
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FURTHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES RELATING TO THE SINTI AND ROMA COMMUNITIES FOR THOSE WORKING IN EDUCATION

Foto: Madhouse gGmbH

FURTHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES RELATING TO THE SINTI AND ROMA COMMUNITIES FOR THOSE WORKING IN EDUCATION

Interested in actively improving educational opportunities among the Sinti and Roma peoples? A project funded by the EVZ Foundation is offering continuing and advanced training content for educators, students, and interested members of the public. The goal is to communicate knowledge regarding anti-gypsyism and the history of the Sinti and Roma peoples and to highlight methods for incorporating the content into educational settings.
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COALITION PROJECTS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM AND ANTI-GYPSYISM

COALITION PROJECTS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM AND ANTI-GYPSYISM

At the end of August, the leaders of seven coalition projects from Poland, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic that are receiving funding to fight anti-Semitism and anti-gypsyism got together with the Foundation’s project team in an online meeting.
The opportunity to exchange experiences online provided informative insights into the funded initiatives and their current activities: Through their commitment, the participants are working to promote a diverse society and enabling people to live together in respect and solidarity.
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DIGITAL PROJECTS

SEPTEMBER 30: ONLINE SYMPOSIUM ON DIGITAL FORMATS FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL EDUCATION IN POLAND AND GERMANY

Foto: iRights.Lab

SEPTEMBER 30: ONLINE SYMPOSIUM ON DIGITAL FORMATS FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL EDUCATION IN POLAND AND GERMANY

Since October 2019, the EVZ Foundation has been supporting six Polish and German projects that are working on innovative digital formats for historical and political education as part of the digital // memory funding program. Together with project partner iRights.Lab, the Foundation will bring the first year of the digital // memory funding program to a close with an online symposium: We will be taking a look at the initial results and ideas for digital historical and political education currently being implemented at cultural institutions in Poland.
Register for the symposium

NOVEMBER 23 AND 24: VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: USING HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTS ONLINE. THE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARCHIVIST AND USER

Foto: www.documents.yadvashem.org

NOVEMBER 23 AND 24: VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: USING HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTS ONLINE. THE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARCHIVIST AND USER

The EVZ Foundation is hosting a virtual international workshop on November 23 and 24 together with the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and the Yad Vashem Remembrance Center. The workshop provides a platform for discussions on contemporary questions, methodologies, and programs relating to the digital accessibility of Holocaust archives.
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NOVEMBER 25 AND 26: REMEMBRANCE AND COMMEMORATION IN A COUNTRY COMPARISON: ISRAEL, RWANDA, AND GERMANY

Foto: Landtag Rheinland-Pfalz; iStock.com/scyther5

NOVEMBER 25 AND 26: REMEMBRANCE AND COMMEMORATION IN A COUNTRY COMPARISON: ISRAEL, RWANDA, AND GERMANY

On November 25 and 26, the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate is hosting the online event “Remembrance and Commemoration in a Country Comparison: Israel, Rwanda, and Germany.” The event will focus on the way cultures of remembrance are practiced in the three countries with the aim of developing strategies for the future. Participants can expect a program with 20 international speakers including Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, Prof. Aleida Assmann, and Esther Mujawayo.
Link to program details and registration

EXHIBITIONS

THROUGH OCTOBER 4: EXHIBITION: “POSTSCRIPTUM – ‘EASTERN WORKERS’ IN THE GERMAN REICH”

Foto: fond21.memo.ru, Arch.-Nr. 176480

THROUGH OCTOBER 4: EXHIBITION: “POSTSCRIPTUM – ‘EASTERN WORKERS’ IN THE GERMAN REICH”

The German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is continuing its exhibition titled “Postscriptum – ‘Eastern Workers’ in the German Reich,” which is funded by the EVZ Foundation, until October 4. This exhibition commemorates the Soviet men, women, and children who were required to perform forced labor for the National Socialist regime during World War II. A vast majority of the personal documents and photographs from the former “Eastern workers,” as they were referred to at the time, are being shown in Germany for the first time in the exhibition.
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FROM SEPTEMBER 25: EXHIBITION: “END OF TESTIMONY?”

Foto: Jüdisches Museum Hohenems

FROM SEPTEMBER 25: EXHIBITION: “END OF TESTIMONY?”

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, there are fewer and fewer survivors of the National Socialist dictatorship who can speak from their own experience – or tell us about people who were murdered by the Nazis. However, many of their memories are preserved in written eye-witness accounts and numerous video interviews in the archives of concentration camp memorial sites, National Socialist documentation centers, and museums. This means that institutions need to consider the following questions once survivors are no longer able to provide eye-witness accounts: What formats will be needed in the future? Where and how can digital eye-witnesses share their stories, and where do augmented reality projects work? How can digital projects with historical content encourage discourse that furthers democracy?
The exhibition funded by the EVZ Foundation can be seen at the Flossenbürg concentration camp memorial site from September 25.
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PUBLICATIONS

“JUDENHASS 2.0 – STRATEGIEN GEGEN ANTI-SEMITISMUS IM NETZ” (HATRED TOWARD JEWS 2.0 – STRATEGIES AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE WEB)

Foto: polisphere

“JUDENHASS 2.0 – STRATEGIEN GEGEN ANTI-SEMITISMUS IM NETZ” (HATRED TOWARD JEWS 2.0 – STRATEGIES AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE WEB)

Berlin-based consulting network and think tank polisphere has published the results of its project titled “Online hatred toward Jews – strategies against digital anti-Semitism.” The guidance provided by author Linus Pook presents successful approaches against anti-Semitism in the digital space with respect to prevention and educational work, monitoring, and counseling for affected individuals and recommends action for civil society, policymakers, and the digital economy. It also contains an overview of initiatives and projects that fight anti-Semitism on the web.
Link to publication

REMEMBERING WITH GAMES: ONLINE GAMES AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CULTURE OF REMEMBRANCE

Foto: Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur

REMEMBERING WITH GAMES: ONLINE GAMES AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CULTURE OF REMEMBRANCE

The Foundation for Digital Gaming Culture (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) has published a handbook titled “Erinnern mit Games” (Remembering with Games) which considers the contribution that games can make to the culture of remembrance in the digital era.
The handbook is based on the outcomes of the “Pitch Jam: Remembrance Culture with Games” event funded by the EVZ Foundation, in which experts on the culture of remembrance and game development teamed up to develop concepts for games.
Podcast tip: The project also includes a series of conversations with experts from the gaming scene and the culture of remembrance!
Link to publication

CURRENT CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

WE ARE SEEKING SUPPORT FOR THE UPDATE OF THE EVZ FOUNDATION’S CORPORATE IDENTITY AND WEBSITE

WE ARE SEEKING SUPPORT FOR THE UPDATE OF THE EVZ FOUNDATION’S CORPORATE IDENTITY AND WEBSITE

We are inviting agencies to assist the EVZ Foundation in updating our corporate identity and relaunching our website.
We look forward to receiving your applications!
Link to public call for proposals

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25: “INICJATOR POMOCY” IDEAS COMPETITION IN POLAND

Foto: Fundacja Stocznia

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25: “INICJATOR POMOCY” IDEAS COMPETITION IN POLAND

Individuals and organizations based in Poland still have time until September 30 to submit their ideas for improving the quality of life of senior Polish victims of National Socialism. New approaches and ideas for increasing mobility and social participation are particularly encouraged. Prize money will be awarded for the best ideas!
Link to call for proposals

EVZ AWARD FOR JEWISH MUSLIM SOLIDARITY

EVZ AWARD FOR JEWISH MUSLIM SOLIDARITY

Together with the Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism (KIgA e.V.), we are announcing an award for initiatives that promote dialog between Jews and Muslims for the second time. The award has a value of 5,000 euros. Individuals and small organizations who work to foster partnerships and solidarity between the two religions in their projects are invited to apply.
Link to call for proposals

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