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Dear readers,

How will we remember in the future? How will we call to mind the barbaric injustices of the Nazi period, what activities are deemed necessary today as a result, where will we go for facts and stories, and how will we discuss them with one another?

These questions become more urgent when we consider young people in our country: How can we get them to remember something that happened 60, 70, or 80 years before they were actually born? Events that hardly anyone alive experienced in person, which means there are fewer and fewer first-hand accounts? And what if their own family history began in a different country?

At the EVZ Foundation, we believe that our efforts to foster remembrance in the future are due for an update. This includes, for example, involving young people in our project design process and reaching out to young people in their language and on their platforms.

So what are we planning, and how can you get involved? That’s one of the topics we cover in this newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Best regards,
Dr. Andrea Despot

NEWS FROM THE EVZ FOUNDATION

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVZ FOUNDATION – YOUTH AREA GETS A REDESIGN

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVZ FOUNDATION – YOUTH AREA GETS A REDESIGN

The EVZ Foundation’s wide range of activities for young people are being linked more closely together with the aim of pooling expertise, generating synergy effects, and upgrading topics and formats in line with needs. Experiences from existing funding activities are being incorporated into the two programs funded by the Federal Foreign Office – YOUNG PEOPLE remember and MEET UP! – in Eastern Europe as part of an international exchange. The EVZ Foundation is organizing #tsuzamen, a participative youth campaign as part of the anniversary festivities celebrating “1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany.” These activities are creating impetus for contemporary historical and political education and a wide range of exchange opportunities for young people – in keeping with the EVZ’s founding mission.

Learn about Tsuzamen (in German) >

#WEREMEMBEREVERYDAY: DAILY COMMITMENT TO THE SURVIVORS OF NAZI PERSECUTION

#WEREMEMBEREVERYDAY: DAILY COMMITMENT TO THE SURVIVORS OF NAZI PERSECUTION

Nikita (15) and Gita (82) from Israel are proof that new friendships are possible even under the current contact restrictions. Because Holocaust survivors and school students aren’t able to meet in person at present, the pair regularly speak on the phone. The #WeRememberEveryday campaign on Instagram shares how the EVZ Foundation’s project executing agencies in Israel, Poland, Serbia, and many other countries and projects are pursuing their commitment – every day, and during the pandemic.

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“SOGIDARITY. AGAINST DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY” FUNDING PROGRAM SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

“SOGIDARITY. AGAINST DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY” FUNDING PROGRAM SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

From 2015 to early 2021, the EVZ Foundation combined its activities aimed at defending human rights for LSBTI+ individuals in the Sogidarity funding program. Dreilinden gGmbH co-funded the program until 2018. The program succeeded in setting up and strengthening alliances between LSBTI+ organizations and stakeholders in civil society as well as relevant professional groups. Twenty-three projects in Germany and Eastern Europe received total funding of 1.2 million euros and established networks across national borders. In doing so, the program contributed to making LSBTI+ individuals visible in the respective countries.

Learn more about Sogidarity >

SINTI AND ROMA FACING DOUBLE DISCRIMINATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

© Romano Drom Hagen e.V.

SINTI AND ROMA FACING DOUBLE DISCRIMINATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Around ten to twelve million Sinti and Roma live in Europe. They are the largest minority group on the continent and the one most severely affected by structural discrimination and poverty. Their life situation has deteriorated further during the coronavirus pandemic as they were and continue to be the victims of public stigmatization. The EVZ Foundation has been working to counteract this discrimination for many years by funding projects against antigypsyism and for greater participation. This approach is also proving to be particularly effective during the crisis, as demonstrated by an example from Hagen, Germany.

Read article (in German) >

GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR FOUNDATIONS

GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR FOUNDATIONS

The EVZ Foundation has now taken the formal step of incorporating the Guiding Principles of Good Practice for Foundations of the Association of German Foundations into its work as well. “The principles serve as reference points for us in the development of our future agenda,” says Dr. Andrea Despot, CEO. The 20 principles set out a framework for action for foundations in society, for the people involved, and for avoiding conflicts of interest. They were expanded to include principles on diversity, sustainability, technological change, and international impact in 2019.

Find out more about the principles >

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FUNDING NEWS

ROMNOKHER STUDY: ROMA AND SINTI STILL DISADVANTAGED WITH RESPECT TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

ROMNOKHER STUDY: ROMA AND SINTI STILL DISADVANTAGED WITH RESPECT TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

“RomnoKher-Studie 2021. Ungleiche Teilhabe. Zur Lage der Sinti und Roma in Deutschland” (RomnoKher study 2021. Unequal participation. On the situation of the Sinti and Roma in Germany) examines the experiences and qualifications of Sinti and Roma from daycare through professional training. The results show that the education of Roma and Sinti has significantly improved in the school setting but only slightly in the training sector. The percentage of Roma and Sinti among school students completing an Abitur, or school leaving examination, increased from 2 to 17 percent in comparison with the previous study in 2011. By contrast, the percentage of Sinti and Roma without any school-leaving qualifications fell from 55 to under 15 percent. Nonetheless, there is a significant gap in comparison with the population as a whole, where the proportion of adults without a school-leaving qualification is currently 5 percent. RomnoKher also highlighted how this inequality of opportunity could be addressed by offering ten recommendations – from school curricula to education funds.

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NEW LATCHO DIVES PROJECTS FOR SURVIVORS OF THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROMA

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NEW LATCHO DIVES PROJECTS FOR SURVIVORS OF THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROMA

“Without the seminar, I never would have had the confidence to submit an application,” says Lubov Tyrpak. The mediator from Perechyn was one of the participants at a seminar focusing on project planning for five local Roma associations from the Transcarpathia region. It was held in December 2020 and hosted by the EVZ Foundation together with the NGO Roma of Ukraine Ternipe. The first projects in Perechyn, Mukachevo, and Vynohradiv are starting in March. Forty-five victims of National Socialism are being given support in accessing state-funded medical care and assistance such as food, medicines, firewood, and home repairs. A further goal is to foster social participation and alleviate isolation among very elderly individuals.

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LOCAL.HISTORY: ON MEMORIES, STORIES, AND PLACES...

LOCAL.HISTORY: ON MEMORIES, STORIES, AND PLACES...

The Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with young people to create an exhibition that sheds light on the situation of young people between 1941 and 1945. The Central Museum of Textiles in Łódż, Poland, is presenting an exhibit about Helena Bohle-Szacka, an artist – and concentration camp survivor. With its local.history approach, the EVZ Foundation is supporting projects that address and work through stories from the Nazi period at the regional and local levels. A Europe-wide call for applications was issued for non-German applicants for the first time in 2020. Twenty projects were selected from over 200 project ideas from Norway to Albania.

Explore the projects >

HOME SCHOOLING WITH EYE-WITNESS INTERVIEWS ON NATIONAL SOCIALIST FORCED LABOR

© Lernen mit Interviews: Zwangsarbeit 1939–1945

HOME SCHOOLING WITH EYE-WITNESS INTERVIEWS ON NATIONAL SOCIALIST FORCED LABOR

Digital teaching and learning formats are currently experiencing a boom. This was also demonstrated by the “Learning with interviews. Forced labor 1939–1945” offer, which reached over 1,000 new users last year. The online application features short films and background material focusing on the life stories of former forced laborers under National Socialism.
The offer is available for use either in the classroom or at home on any browser or device, making it very suitable for distance learning.

Try out the online application (in German) >

PUBLICATION: “ERINNERN UND VERGESSEN” (REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING)

© Hentrich & Hentrich

PUBLICATION: “ERINNERN UND VERGESSEN” (REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING)

The conference transcript from the “Erinnern und Vergessen” conference funded by the EVZ Foundation was published at the end of 2020. The contributions reflect the consequences of the process of working through memories of National Socialism and the Shoah at the individual and societal level, as well as the resulting trauma and how it is dealt with. Two hundred attendees from over 15 countries participated in the conference organized by the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST e.V.) in December 2019, where they discussed psychosocial work with survivors of the Shoah and their descendants.

Order the conference transcript (in German) >

WINNING IDEAS FROM THE “INICJATOR POMOCY” CONTEST – SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS IN POLAND

© Fundacja Stocznia

WINNING IDEAS FROM THE “INICJATOR POMOCY” CONTEST – SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS IN POLAND

The contest’s winners included “Masterpiece” and “Playing Stories,” ideas that combine communication, fun, and the sharing of stories in creative ways. “Goodbyes. Let’s talk about important things” takes a sensitive approach in offering very elderly individuals assistance with putting their affairs in order. The “emPOWERment Academy” idea stood out with its concept for providing individual support to survivors of National Socialist persecution.

Explore the ideas (in Polish) >

IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION IN GERMANY

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IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION IN GERMANY

The very elderly survivors of National Socialist persecution have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. During a digital exchange of experiences organized by the Federal Association Information and Advice for Survivors of Nazi Persecution, employees working on social projects for survivors reported on steps their initiatives are taking to ward off the pervasive isolation these individuals face at present, including making regular phone calls, sending small gifts, or visiting with the survivors at their windows. The Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST e.V.) shared a special success story about how it organized a mobile vaccination center for survivors in Frankfurt. The EVZ Foundation is funding eleven projects for survivors in Germany and will soon be making resources available to respond to additional needs.

Explore the projects (in German) >

NEW WAYS OF CONVEYING NATIONAL SOCIALIST INJUSTICES: “BEHIND THE SCENES – NUREMBERG ’34”

© Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände; Zeichnung: Hamed Eshrat

NEW WAYS OF CONVEYING NATIONAL SOCIALIST INJUSTICES: “BEHIND THE SCENES – NUREMBERG ’34”

Serious games are computer games that use a playful approach to impart knowledge and information. In March, the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg presented the project “Behind the Scenes – Nuremberg ’34,” which focuses on the Nuremberg rally in 1934. Players follow the in-game characters, based on authentic eye-witness accounts and documents, and experience the historical event from individual perspectives.

Learn more (in German) >

TIME FOR DATA, FACTS, AND FIGURES

TIME FOR DATA, FACTS, AND FIGURES

Five roundtables with 72 participants from 14 countries. A big thank you to all our partners who are supporting the EVZ Foundation on the way to our future agenda!



DATES

MARCH 21/22, 2021: “TRANSITIONS: THE JEWISH DIASPORA IN EUROPE” SYMPOSIUM

MARCH 21/22, 2021: “TRANSITIONS: THE JEWISH DIASPORA IN EUROPE” SYMPOSIUM

The Jewish Museum Frankfurt is taking stock of Jewish life in Europe: Is Europe a cultural and political space in which Jewish life can grow and thrive? What general conditions are needed for a self-determined Jewish life? Experts participating in the symposium live stream will include Dr. Diana Pinto, Prof. Dr. Dr. Michel Friedmann, and Prof. Dr. Fania Oz-Salzberger. Participation in the symposium is free of charge.

To the program >

MARCH 25/26, 2021: THE VIRTUAL REMEMBRANCE – MEMORIAL WORK AND DIGITAL MEDIA

© Aureliusz Marek Pedziwol

MARCH 25/26, 2021: THE VIRTUAL REMEMBRANCE – MEMORIAL WORK AND DIGITAL MEDIA

How do methods, exchange, and knowledge change when real encounters are impossible? What does this mean for historical and political remembrance work? What opportunities does online communication have to offer? Which target groups are being reached for the first time – and who is either unable or unwilling to take part in virtual formats? These questions will be addressed at the 18th East-West-European Memorial Seminar Kreisau, which is addressing the topic of “The virtual remembrance – Memorial work and digital media.” The deadline for registration is March 22.

To the program >

MAY 5, 2021: DIGITAL LAUNCH OF MEMO GERMANY – MULTIDIMENSIONAL REMEMBRANCE MONITOR

MAY 5, 2021: DIGITAL LAUNCH OF MEMO GERMANY – MULTIDIMENSIONAL REMEMBRANCE MONITOR

MEMO Germany is the only representative study that looks at how the culture of remembrance is reflected in the perceptions and experiences of the general public. The fourth edition of MEMO will be presented by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) at Bielefeld University on May 5. Prof. Andreas Zick, Head of the Institute, and Dr. Andrea Despot, Chief Executive Officer of the EVZ Foundation, will be presenting the results.

Learn more und register now (in German) >

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EXHIBITIONS

ONLINE EXHIBITION: “THE GRASS WAS HIGH”

© Lesya Kharchenko

ONLINE EXHIBITION: “THE GRASS WAS HIGH”

A quick glimpse through a window, a warm embrace – Ukrainian photographer Lesya Kharchenko takes us along on an exploration of the memories of survivors of National Socialist persecution: Thirty portraits and quotes show how their experiences continue to live on for them to this day. This is also reflected in the exhibition’s title – the quote is from a Roma woman who says she had to hide in the grass to survive during the war.

To the online exhibition of 12 portraits >

CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

THROUGH MAY 11, 2021: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR DIALOGUE FORUM IN RUSSIA

© Sigrun Döring

THROUGH MAY 11, 2021: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR DIALOGUE FORUM IN RUSSIA

The EVZ Foundation is making a total of 300,000 euros available in this program, supporting projects on behalf of survivors of National Socialist persecution. NGOs from across Russia are invited to apply. The program is being run by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in Moscow.

Apply now (in Russian) >

THROUGH MAY 2, 2021: MEET UP! Youth for Partnership

THROUGH MAY 2, 2021: MEET UP! Youth for Partnership

In its new youth program MEET UP! Youth for Partnership, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the EVZ Foundation supports international exchange projects and participation formats for young people as well as the qualification and networking of professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and Germany.
On March 15, 2021, the first call for applications for digital and hybrid international youth encounters and a job shadowing program will be launched for applicants from Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and Germany.

Apply now >

THROUGH MAY 11, 2021: LOCAL ALLIANCES FOR SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION

© Michal Czarnecki

THROUGH MAY 11, 2021: LOCAL ALLIANCES FOR SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSECUTION

The Foundation is making up to 200,000 euros available for pilot funding for three local alliance projects for survivors of National Socialist persecution.
Tens of thousands of people who were persecuted and deprived of their rights by the Nazis still live in Germany today. In many cases, their social contacts are limited to employees of institutions and associations who were able to gain the survivors’ trust because their staff are trained to be sensitive to trauma. The Foundation wants to use the funding to develop model projects that focus on extending the involvement of survivors of National Socialist persecution in local civil society and financing the necessary specialist training.
The Foundation will be hosting a webinar with advice on the application process on March 22, 2021, from 10 am to noon.

Apply now (in German) >

STARTING IN APRIL 2021: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE “WIR SIND DA!” FUNDING PROGRAM

STARTING IN APRIL 2021: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE “WIR SIND DA!” FUNDING PROGRAM

A call for applications for the funding program “Wir sind da! Unterstützung für Überlebende des Nationalsozialismus” (We’re there! Support for survivors of National Socialism) will be issued in Ukraine for the third time in April. The program fosters social participation and contributes to ensuring that survivors receive the care they need. NGOs based in the Ukraine that work for and with survivors are welcome to apply. The program funds activities such as social get-togethers or support with hygiene items. Projects currently receiving funding are taking different approaches due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic and are offering advice by phone, for example.

Learn more (in German) >

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