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Dear Readers,

Twenty years ago, the founding mothers and fathers of the EVZ Foundation certainly could not have foreseen a situation like the one we face today or a year like 2020, in which the pandemic has lit and helped spread the flames of conspiracy theories, the trivialization of the Holocaust, antisemitism, and stigmatization of minorities on our streets and in online debates.

In these turbulent times, the EVZ Foundation team is looking at how the concept of “tomorrow” can be interpreted in its Future Workshop. As we consider this, our goal is to open up new digital spaces for more interactive and emotive ways of dealing with totalitarianism and inhuman ideologies. We also aim to become more participative and support the empowerment of self-led organizations. And we want to enable young people to take a critical, woke stance toward any type of discrimination—whether by visiting historical sites or discussing narratives of remembrance in Europe with their peers.

Our agenda for the future will continue to emphasize on contemporary ways of remembering and learning from National Socialist injustices as well as promoting humanity and human rights. In doing so, our approach will always be: motivating, not alarmist. Focused, not set in our ways. Multi-perspective, not mono-perspective.

There is still a lot of work to do. Let’s move forward in 2021!

Yours,
Dr. Andrea Despot

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NEWS FROM THE EVZ FOUNDATION

EVZ AWARD FOR JEWISH MUSLIM SOLIDARITY—AND THE WINNER IS...

EVZ AWARD FOR JEWISH MUSLIM SOLIDARITY—AND THE WINNER IS...

The ausARTen Festival in Munich came out on top in a nationwide competition for Jewish/Muslim dialog projects. Music, poetry, and symposiums bring Jewish and Muslim people together at the festival. “We see the Munich festival as a shining example of true solidarity and real-life collaboration. It creates a safe space in which Jewish and Muslim people can meet as equals and be creative together,” noted the eight-member jury led by Rabbi Elias Dray and Imam Andrea Reimann.

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WINNERS NAMED IN EVZ PHOTO AND VIDEO COMPETITION

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WINNERS NAMED IN EVZ PHOTO AND VIDEO COMPETITION

What do an alpaca, an angel, and two climbers have in common? They are the winning images of the EVZ Foundation’s photo competition! Aleksandra Kossowska, Mark Chikivchuk, and Ofa Feldman/Lucia Bontjer were named the winners in this category. Konstantin Buchholz/Yaroslav Bulavin, Marcus Welsch, and Robert Schulzmann took home the video competition awards. The jury considered around 100 video and photo submissions from projects funded by the EVZ Foundation.

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EVZ FOUNDATION WELCOMES EU COMMISSION’S STRATEGY TO COMBAT ANTIGYPSYISM

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EVZ FOUNDATION WELCOMES EU COMMISSION’S STRATEGY TO COMBAT ANTIGYPSYISM

In early October, the European Commission published the European framework for Roma equality, inclusion, and participation in the EU until 2030. “The strategy’s presentation during the German EU Council Presidency emphasizes the special responsibility Germany has toward people of a Romani background,” noted Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto, Director of the EVZ Foundation at the expert conference on the European framework for action.

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INTERVIEW: YOUNG PEOPLE SIMULATE NUREMBERG TRIALS

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INTERVIEW: YOUNG PEOPLE SIMULATE NUREMBERG TRIALS

The Nuremberg Trials against National Socialist criminals began 75 years ago. The trials marked the first time that a country’s leading representatives were called to account for their actions in front of an international jury. A total of 5,500 young people from 56 countries re-enacted these trials and others themselves in the roles of prosecutors, defendants, and judges. Kerim Somun, project coordinator at the Kreisau-Initiative, discusses the simulations of the Model International Criminal Court (MICC).

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TIME FOR DATA, FACTS, AND FIGURES

Last year, the EVZ Foundation reached 37,000 survivors—most of them in Israel—in all groups of victims affected by National Socialist persecution through its projects. In addition, former forced laborers who have been supported by the EVZ’s projects are one of the most significant target groups of the funding, including 7,000 individuals in Poland alone. According to estimates, there are still 240,000 Jewish survivors of the Holocaust worldwide today.



FUNDING NEWS

DOCUMENTARY ON MEETING PLACE FOR SHOAH SURVIVORS IN MUNICH

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DOCUMENTARY ON MEETING PLACE FOR SHOAH SURVIVORS IN MUNICH

Survivors of National Socialist persecution meet every week at Café Zelig in Munich, where they come together to laugh, sing, and celebrate, but also to argue and mourn. The EVZ Foundation has supported this meeting place of the Jewish religious community of Munich and Upper Bavaria since its founding in 2016. Filmmaker Tanja Cummings visited and filmed the café and the people who meet there over several months. The resulting documentary has now celebrated its premiere at the Hof International Film Festival.

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Yad Vashem International Book Prize 2020 goes to book supported by the EVZ Foundation

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Yad Vashem International Book Prize 2020 goes to book supported by the EVZ Foundation

Professor Johannes-Dieter Steinert is honored for his study "Holocaust und Zwangsarbeit. Erinnerungen jüdischer Kinder 1938-1945" (Holocaust and forced labor. Memories of Jewish child forced laborers) with this year's Yad Vashem International Book Prize. According to the study, around 1 million Jewish children had to perform forced labor. The jury praises in particular, the sensitive and multifaceted presentation of the topic of forced child labor, which has hardly been systematically studied so far.

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BARCAMP AND DIVERSITY AT THE EUROPEANS FOR PEACE YOUTH CONFERENCE 2020

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BARCAMP AND DIVERSITY AT THE EUROPEANS FOR PEACE YOUTH CONFERENCE 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement, history of LGBTIQ, and inclusion in education and at work were on the agenda at “Same? Different? Equal! – Celebrate Diversity!”. This was the title of the third EUROPEANS FOR PEACE Youth Conference, which was hosted online in cooperation with the wannseeFORUM Foundation in November. Dr. Emilia Roig from the Center for Intersectional Justice gave the keynote talk on “Why intersectionality is not a luxury?”.

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MEET UP! goes DIGITAL

MEET UP! goes DIGITAL

During 2020, the MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters funding program supported 36 projects. Digital solutions are in demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. An overview shows the creative approaches that can be used to overcome barriers between young people via virtual means as well. Outcomes of the program included a digital live concert with German and Ukrainian musicians performing pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and the TV series Cherson und Magdeburg, in which journalists from both countries provide an insight into opportunities in former socialist cities shaped by industrialism.

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59 IDEAS FOR THE INICJATOR POMOCY COMPETITION TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF THE NAZI REGIME

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59 IDEAS FOR THE INICJATOR POMOCY COMPETITION TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF THE NAZI REGIME

In the first phase of the competition, the EVZ Foundation received 59 ideas on how to support survivors of Nazi persecution in Poland. They included new types of engagement and local networks as well as playful and creative approaches for social participation. Fifteen approaches will be fleshed out in a second phase and developed further with the support of experts. Among them are a help academy, a game with stories, and a mobile service center.

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DATES

DECEMBER 11, 2020: VIRTUAL KICK-OFF FOR YOUNG PEOPLE REMEMBER WITH MINISTER OF STATE MICHELLE MÜNTEFERING

DECEMBER 11, 2020: VIRTUAL KICK-OFF FOR YOUNG PEOPLE REMEMBER WITH MINISTER OF STATE MICHELLE MÜNTEFERING

The YOUNG PEOPLE Remember funding program started on December 11. Those working on the first 11 projects receiving funding in the “International youth encounters on National Socialist History” funding line exchanged ideas in workshops focusing on a transnational culture of remembrance. At the start of the event, young people from Belarus provided a virtual tour of the Maly Trostenets memorial site near Minsk and discussed their experiences and motives relating to remembrance. YOUNG PEOPLE Remember is being implemented with resources from the Federal Foreign Office.

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MARCH 22–23, 2021: “TRANSITIONS: THE JEWISH DIASPORA IN EUROPE” SYMPOSIUM

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MARCH 22–23, 2021: “TRANSITIONS: THE JEWISH DIASPORA IN EUROPE” SYMPOSIUM

At this two-day event, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt will offer a platform for visions of a Jewish future and the plurality of Jewish positions. What general conditions are needed for a self-determined Jewish life? What is the current situation like for Jewish people in Europe? The event, which will be held at the new Jewish Museum Frankfurt and live streamed online, will pose and answer questions like these. Participation in the symposium is free of charge.

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EXHIBITIONS

HOUSE OF THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE COMMEMORATES SOVIET PRISONERS OF WAR ONLINE

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HOUSE OF THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE COMMEMORATES SOVIET PRISONERS OF WAR ONLINE

Soviet prisoners of war are among the forgotten groups of victims of the Second World War. “An Unrecht erinnern” (Commemorating injustice) is an online exhibition organized by the House of the Wannsee Conference that uses biographies and locations to share the stories of people like Olga Vasilyеvna Golovina who were interned at Ravensbrück concentration camp. Visitor contributions supplement and expand the exhibition and make it an interactive experience.

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OPEN AIR EXHIBITION ON VICTIMS OF THE GERMAN EXTERMINATION POLICY IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS

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OPEN AIR EXHIBITION ON VICTIMS OF THE GERMAN EXTERMINATION POLICY IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS

During 1942 and 1943, patients from psychiatric hospitals and children with disabilities were murdered by the Nazi regime in the North Caucasus. Jewish doctors from the region were also victims of the Holocaust during this time. “Vergesst uns nicht ...” (Don’t forget us), which was originally designed as a touring exhibition in Russian, is now coming to Germany for the first time. It will be presented by the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst with support from the Center for Research on antisemitism at TU Berlin as well as the Kontakte-Kontakty Association.

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CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

UNTIL DECEMBER 21, 2020: RESEARCH STIPEND FOR “SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY”

UNTIL DECEMBER 21, 2020: RESEARCH STIPEND FOR “SINTI AND ROMA IN GERMANY”

Sinti and Roma people have been discriminated against and, in some cases, systematically persecuted across Europe for hundreds of years. Discriminatory public images shape the way those affected are treated, and these communities experience day-to-day racism as a result, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The research stipend aims to create awareness of the issues and concerns of Sinti and Roma among media representatives. The call for applications for the 1,500-euro stipend is issued by the German Institute for Human Rights with RomaniPhen and is funded by the EVZ Foundation.

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UNTIL JANUARY 18, 2021: PILOT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FROM THE “REMEMBRANCE, RESPONSIBILITY AND FUTURE” FOUNDATION (EVZ) FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WITH EXPERIENCE IN CONFRONTING ANTISEMITISM AND RACISM

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UNTIL JANUARY 18, 2021: PILOT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FROM THE “REMEMBRANCE, RESPONSIBILITY AND FUTURE” FOUNDATION (EVZ) FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WITH EXPERIENCE IN CONFRONTING ANTISEMITISM AND RACISM

With its first diversity-oriented pilot call for applications, the EVZ Foundation is providing targeted support for community organizations that have experience in confronting antisemitism and racism and that organize activities focusing on the culture of remembrance. Preference will be given to activities that take a critical approach to the existing culture of remembrance methods, develop or enhance their own formats, and are also open to trying something unfamiliar. In the process, the EVZ Foundation is also trying out a new format for the call for applications and selection procedure—it is consulting outside experts and has appointed an advisory committee to this end, which also drafted this call for applications.

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UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021: LOCAL.HISTORY GERMANY SEEKS PROJECTS ON THE CULTURE OF REMEMBRANCE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021: LOCAL.HISTORY GERMANY SEEKS PROJECTS ON THE CULTURE OF REMEMBRANCE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

In the local.history program, the EVZ Foundation is dedicating funding of up to 15,000 euros to local history projects addressing locations, people, or events in Nazi history. The program focuses on Nazi forced labor and various groups of victims under National Socialism. Executing agencies based in Germany are eligible to apply. The goal of local.history is to inspire a local, participative debate on remembrance and democracy and step up involvement on the part of civil society.

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UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021: CULTURE FOR CHANGES 2021 LOOKING FOR ARTS AND CULTURE PROJECTS

UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021: CULTURE FOR CHANGES 2021 LOOKING FOR ARTS AND CULTURE PROJECTS

The “Culture for changes” funding program is being organized by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the EVZ Foundation for the second time. This program aims to boost German/Ukrainian cooperation and seek shared solutions to the challenges of our modern world. Support is provided to German/Ukrainian digital, analog, and hybrid arts and culture projects.

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