Newsletter 02/2013


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PROJECT PRESENTATION: JEWISH SCHOOL RYKESTRASSE LIVES – THEN AND NOW

PROJECT PRESENTATION: JEWISH SCHOOL RYKESTRASSE LIVES – THEN AND NOW

The school at 53 Rykestrasse in Berlin was already one of the most popular schools in the neighbourhood before World War II. Many Jewish children even came from other parts of the city. Today, the building houses the Jewish primary school Lauder-Bet-Zion. The Foundation EVZ is funding a project in the LEO BAECK PROGRAMME for the schoolchildren to research the history of the site. The project work is being carried out in cooperation with the District Museum Pankow. The project results are being presented in an exhibition “The Jewish school Rykestrasse lives – then and now. Pupils of the Lauder Beth-Zion primary school search for traces” which will be opened at 11.00 h on 26 May 2013.
Venue: Pankow Museum in the “Sebastian Haffner” Culture and Education Centre, Prenzlauer Allee 227/228, 10405 Berlin, Aula, 3rd floor. The exhibition is on show from 26 May 2013 to 17 November 2013, on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 to 18 h. To the programme

Foundation EVZ mourns trustee Dr Max Stadler

Foundation EVZ mourns trustee Dr Max Stadler

Dr Max Stadler, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Justice, died on Sunday. Max Stadler was a member of the international Board of Trustees of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” for over 12 years. The FDP parliamentary group in the German Bundestag seconded Stadler to the highest organ of the Foundation EVZ in the year 2000.

“Max Stadler’s sudden death has shocked the Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors and the staff of the Foundation EVZ. Our thoughts are first of all with his family, who have lost a husband and father.
The Foundation EVZ has lost a wise, harmonising and far-sighted adviser who made a major contribution in our international Board of Trustees to developing the Foundation EVZ. Max Stadler was involved with the Foundation from the very start. He played a role already in the legal initiative to establish the Federal Foundation EVZ. Justice and respect for the fates of the victims of National Socialism were always the first priorities for Stadler. We shall hold him in memory as a friendly, courteous and wise trustee in every situation and shall miss him dearly”, said Dr Michael Jansen, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.

“Max Stadler accompanied the Foundation EVZ from the very beginning. When I met him I was surprised – I had imagined a Bavarian Liberal to be more "conservative". Stadler always supported the Foundation’s commitment to human rights themes. Just a few weeks ago he fought to mobilise additional funds for Roma in Eastern Europe. The Board of Directors of the Foundation EVZ came to know Max Stadler as a great mediator. He was always supportive and loyal too - even at difficult times. We shall miss him sorely at the Foundation EVZ!” Dr Martin Salm, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”

State Secretary Stadler opened the photography exhibition “Harassed Existence –Roma survivors of National Socialist Terror in Ukraine” at the Federal Ministry of Justice in February. The life situation of the Roma in Europe was a key concern for Stadler.

UPCOMING EVENTS

29 MAY ~ LECTURE AND DISCUSSION: FROM EUTHANASIA TO INCLUSION – MEMORIAL SITE WORK IN EASY LANGUAGE

29 MAY ~ LECTURE AND DISCUSSION: FROM EUTHANASIA TO INCLUSION – MEMORIAL SITE WORK IN EASY LANGUAGE

National Socialist memorial sites have so far developed hardly any offerings for visits by people with learning difficulties. It was assumed that this target group would be overtaxed with these educational offerings. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has initiated a change of paradigms and re-thinking about historical-political education work. Various memorial sites have produced offerings and catalogues in easy language. Easy language is considered to be an important step towards freedom from barriers for people with learning difficulties. The speaker, Dr. Uta George, has developed offerings for visits to memorial sites by people with learning difficulties. She will report on her experiences.
The event will be held largely in difficult language.
Illustration: by ka schmitz
Details (in German)

MAY/JUNE ~ COUNTRY FINALS “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE”

MAY/JUNE ~ COUNTRY FINALS “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE”

“INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE” is a debating competition for young people from eight Central and Eastern European countries. The competition aims to stimulate the exploration of human rights and their historical backgrounds and to strengthen debating as a medium of political culture and democratic dialogue. The winners of the finals in Russia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have already been determined. The last three country finals will be held in Kiev (17.5.13), Prague (30.5.13) and Warsaw (7.6.13). The international final will be held in Budapest on 18 October.
Details (in German)

5 JUNE ~ LECTURE AND PANEL DISCUSSION: REMEMBRANCE OF GERMAN WAR CRIMES IN GREECE

5 JUNE ~ LECTURE AND PANEL DISCUSSION: REMEMBRANCE OF GERMAN WAR CRIMES IN GREECE

Greek reactions to German politicians were particularly fierce in October 2012. Under the pressure of the financial crisis old wounds seem to be opening up again – bad memories of the time under German occupation in World War II are coming back to life. 69 years ago, on 10 June 1944, Germans conducted a massacre of Greek civilians in Distomo. This is an occasion to take a look at German war crimes in Greece and their status in the Greek culture of remembrance. Following a lecture by Professor Fleischer, representatives of Greek and German memorial initiatives will discuss the revitalisation of German-Greek remembrance work.
Photo: Memorial in remembrance of the massacre in Distomo. Albtalkourtaki/Wikipedia
Details (in German)

18 JUNE ~ READING: “THANK YOU FOR NOT FORGETTING US!”

18 JUNE ~ READING: “THANK YOU FOR NOT FORGETTING US!”

The race ideology of the National Socialists stamped the Soviet prisoners of war as “sub-humans”. Fewer than half of them survived German captivity. Following Jews, Sinti and Roma, this group had the worst working and living conditions. Those who survived the death camps of the German army and forced labour in Germany experienced further discrimination in the Soviet Union. The association KONTAKTE-KOHTAKTbI e.V. transferred donations from citizens to over 7,200 victims in the countries of the former Soviet Union as a gesture of recognition of the injustice suffered. At the same time the recipients received a personal letter in which the association requested reports of their experiences in order to help come to terms with this history. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of the USSR, the Foundation EVZ and the association KONTAKTE-KOHTAKTbI e.V remember individual fates of Soviet prisoners of war with a reading from these “Friday Letters”.
Details (in German)

25 JUNE ~ FILM SCREENING: “LUCK WAS ALWAYS ON MY SIDE” – MARKING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF RUDOLF BRAZDA

25 JUNE ~ FILM SCREENING: “LUCK WAS ALWAYS ON MY SIDE” – MARKING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF RUDOLF BRAZDA

For the opening of Pride Week, the Foundation EVZ is screening a documentary film about Rudolf Brazda. “Luck was always on my side” was the motto of Rudolf Brazda, born in Meuselwitz on 26 June 1913. Shortly before the “seizure of power” by the National Socialists, he had his coming out with his great early love. Brazda survived Buchenwald – his partner did not. After the war Brazda went to Alsace. When the memorial for homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism was opened in Berlin in May 2008, no surviving eyewitnesses were known. Rudolf Brazda spoke out, was welcomed by the Governing Mayor in Berlin, and took part in the CSD-Parade 2008. Brazda died in summer 2011.
Photo: Scene from the Movie „Das Glück kam immer zu mir“

9 - 10 SEPTEMBER ~ CONFERENCE: PERSPECTIVES: ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE MIGRATION SOCIETY – WITH REFERENCE TO THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

9 - 10 SEPTEMBER ~ CONFERENCE: PERSPECTIVES: ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE MIGRATION SOCIETY – WITH REFERENCE TO THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

Hardly any political conflict is currently referred to in Germany as frequently, as intensively and as emotionally as the Middle East conflict. The motives here are just as varied as the perspectives on the conflict itself – struggles for recognition, post-colonial discourse, questions of identity and belongingness, relations between majorities and minorities. The fourth conference in the series “Perspectives. Anti-Semitism in the migration society” is devoted to the question of the relationship between anti-Semitism and the Middle East conflict in Germany as reflected in academia and educational practice.
To the conference site (in German)

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST ~ EXHIBITION: “HARASSED EXISTENCE”

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST ~ EXHIBITION: “HARASSED EXISTENCE”

Sixteen Roma who survived German tyranny in Ukraine during World War II report on their eventful lives in the war, the post-war period and their every-day life today. In May 2012 the photographer Birgit Meixner portrayed Roma in Ukraine who are participating in projects of the Foundation EVZ. Meixner’s portraits are snapshots from the life of an ethnic minority that is still harassed today. The projects, benefiting Roma in need, are being funded by the EVZ programme “DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM”.
3.6.-14.6. Pädagogische Hochschule (College of Education) Weingarten
17.6.-6.7. Municipal Library Augsburg
10.8.-23.08. Association Sozikulturelles Zentrum Ratz-Fatz e.V., Berlin
To the exhibition (in German)

FUNDING NEWS

COLOGNE EYEWITNESS THEATRE FOLLOWS ISRAELI MODEL

COLOGNE EYEWITNESS THEATRE FOLLOWS ISRAELI MODEL

Since February 2013 the Bundesverband für NS-Verfolgte e.V. (federal association for victims of National Socialism) in cooperation with the Leibniz High School, Dormagen, the encounter centre Begegnungszentrum Cologne-Chorweiler of the Synagogue Community Cologne and the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation Inc. have been realising an eyewitness theatre project in Cologne for the first time. Under the guidance of a drama instructor and a psychologist, ten persecutees of National Socialism are acting out a play based on the life stories of the eyewitnesses together with ten young people. The project was designed with support from Israeli partners of Joint-ESHEL in Jerusalem. It is expected that the results will be presented in February 2014.
To the project website

WINNER OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD “REMEMBRANCE AND FUTURE” 2013

WINNER OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD “REMEMBRANCE AND FUTURE” 2013

The Russian Director Lyubov Arkus has won the documentary film award “Remembrance and Future” worth EUR 10,000 with her film “Anton is here”. The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” has been presenting the award for filmmakers for their critical commitment since 2008 and aims to encourage documentary film projects. The documentary film accompanies the life of the autistic teenager Anton over a period of six years. When the author and film journalist Lyubov Arkus meets him for the first time, he is living with his mother in a poor apartment. She becomes very ill and he is threatened with a life in a state-run home.
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PREPARATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH AND PUPIL ENCOUNTERS

PREPARATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH AND PUPIL ENCOUNTERS

In the month of May, everything at EUROPEANS FOR PEACE revolves around the topic of “Project Advisory Seminars”. Young people and adults responsible for projects attend seminars together at the Wannsee Forum Berlin that will help them in their content-specific and methodological project work. After the seminar they will submit their final application for funding to the Foundation EVZ and then start their international youth and school encounters as of July 2013. An expert jury recommended 30 projects from the call for applications “Discrimination: Eyes open” for funding.
To the programme

EXHIBITION: “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.”

EXHIBITION: “… LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.”

Since Tuesday, 7 May 2013, the exhibition “‘… Like a breath of fresh air.’ Victims of National Socialism from Eastern Europe” in the DIALOGUE FORUM programme has been on show in the rooms of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”. The exhibition shows people whose life histories were determined by World War II and German tyranny. They survived concentration camps, saw how their villages were razed to the ground by German occupiers, became forced labourers and partisans. Nine eyewitnesses from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine report on their fates under the German National Socialist occupation. The journalist Lesya Kharchenko has portrayed participants in projects funded by EVZ in three countries and interviewed them about the projects in the DIALOGUE FORUM programme.
The exhibition is on show up to 14 May, and then from 27 May to 28 June in the Foyer of the Foundation EVZ.
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NEW PUBLICATIONS

I SANG TO SURVIVE – MEMORIES OF RACHOV, AUSCHWITZ AND A NEW START IN AMERICA

I SANG TO SURVIVE – MEMORIES OF RACHOV, AUSCHWITZ AND A NEW START IN AMERICA

Judith Schneiderman was born in 1928 into a Yiddish-speaking family in Rahó (now called Rachiw) in the Carpathian region of Ukraine. The town, originally part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, belonged to Czechoslovakia after World War I and was returned to Hungary in 1939. In 1944, after the country was occupied by the German Wehrmacht, the Jews in the region were deported to Auschwitz. Judith survived a number of National Socialist camps. She said she found her strength above all in singing. After the end of the war she emigrated to the USA.
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DISPUTED HISTORY. PERCEPTIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST IN EUROPE AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

DISPUTED HISTORY. PERCEPTIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST IN EUROPE AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

In most Islamic countries – unlike most of Europe – there were no targeted murders of Jews or deportations to death camps. This book explores the standpoint of Muslims as apparently “uninvolved groups” regarding the Holocaust. It addresses for instance the participation of Muslims in remembrance of the Holocaust, the perception of the Shoah in the Arab and Turkish region and in Europe, and the relevance of anti-Semitism. The authors conclude that it is important to provide a full account of history in both school and non-school education, in civil society and in politics, and to take the perspectives of migrants seriously and into consideration more strongly. The Foundation EVZ funded the translation into German of the book published by Campus Verlag.
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