Newsletter 03/2013


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THE ACTIVITY REPORT 2012 IS OUT!

It reports on over 344 projects funded by the Foundation EVZ in the areas of commitment to victims of National Socialism, a critical examination of history and working for human rights. And on highlights in the Foundation year: openings of exhibitions, international conferences, symposia and awards presented and received. For example, the magazine Portfolio institutionell awarded our capital investment strategy 2012 the “Best Foundation” prize! The Activity Report 2012 is available in Russian, English and German for downloading from our homepage and on request the German version can be ordered as a brochure from esau@stiftung-evz.de.

Publications of the Foundation EVZ

UPCOMING EVENTS

22 AUGUST ~ PROJECT PRESENTATION: FILM AGAINST RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM

22 AUGUST ~ PROJECT PRESENTATION: FILM AGAINST RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM

The Amadeu-Antonio Foundation is presenting a film booklet funded by the Foundation EVZ on the exploration of the radical right in school and non-school education work. The booklet looks at twelve documentary and feature films that address the current right-wing structures and the civil society resistance to Neo-Nazis. Other films examine the racist pogroms of the 1990s and the campaigns in the media and politics. In selecting the films, priority was given to productions adopting the perspectives of those affected by right-wing violence. Based on an educational approach to human rights, worksheets have been developed for the individual films. After the project presentation the documentary film “Nach dem Brand” (“After the fire”) will be screened. The director Malou Berlin and the protagonist Ibrahim Arslan as well as the film booklet team will be available for discussions.
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24/25 AUGUST ~ INFORMATION STAND: OPEN DAY OF THE GERMAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 2013: “INVITATION TO A STATE VISIT”

24/25 AUGUST ~ INFORMATION STAND: OPEN DAY OF THE GERMAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 2013: “INVITATION TO A STATE VISIT”

The Foundation EVZ is taking part in the Open Day of the German Government 2013 with an information stand in the Press and Information Centre of the Federal Press Office. The Foundation EVZ, initiated by the German Government and German industry, takes the slogan “Invitation to a State Visit” as an occasion to present its funding work.
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27 AUGUST ~ EXHIBITION OPENING: "WARSAW WAS A BEAUTIFUL CITY ...”

27 AUGUST ~ EXHIBITION OPENING: "WARSAW WAS A BEAUTIFUL CITY ...”

Before World War II Warsaw was considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. However, war and German occupation led to 80 per cent of the city being destroyed. Over half of the 1.3 million inhabitants were killed in the war years. The organisation “mali bracia Ubogich”, supported by the Foundation EVZ, has been bringing young people together with survivors of the Warsaw occupation ever since October 2008. Together they have written down important experiences of the war and post-war era and documented these with photos. This has resulted in a moving exhibition about the life of the people living in Warsaw during and after the war, as well as of the life situation of elderly people and victims of National Socialism in present-day Poland. Two participants, the eyewitness Janina Szumna and the young volunteer Małgorzata Siewiera, will be talking about their joint experiences in the project at the opening ceremony in Berlin.
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4 SEPTEMBER ~ CONFERENCE: CROSSING BORDERS

4 SEPTEMBER ~ CONFERENCE: CROSSING BORDERS

Together with the University of Trondheim and the European Wergeland Centre, the Falstad Centre is holding an international conference for education experts to link human rights education with learning about National Socialist history. Projects funded in the “Teaching Human Rights” programme are involved. The conference aims to examine how learning processes at historical sites such as museums and memorial sites together with the principles and values of human rights can jointly promote solidarity, mutual respect and protection of human dignity. The conference is being funded by the Foundation EVZ. The Falstad Centre is an education and documentation centre in Norway with a particular focus on the history of World War II, especially internment and teaching human rights. It is located in a building that served as an SS prison camp from 1941 to 1945.
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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

Anti-Semitism, racism, Islamophobia – migration society, competition, education strategies: these keywords are increasingly shaping social, academic and educational examinations of prejudices as well as thinking and interpretation patterns leading to exclusion. In many cases discussion moves between zeal and lack or orientation, between clear and complex positions. The conference series “Perspectives. Anti-Semitism in the Migration Society” explores current analyses, discusses innovative education approaches and sets critical accents in the discourse. Four thematically focused events in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Cologne and Nuremberg offer a forum for academia and educational practice. And also a platform for exchanging views and experience and for networking.
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12 SEPTEMBER ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: ACTS OF REVENGE – FROM ALLY TO PRISONER, THE FATE OF ITALIAN MILITARY INTERNEES

12 SEPTEMBER ~ PANEL DISCUSSION: ACTS OF REVENGE – FROM ALLY TO PRISONER, THE FATE OF ITALIAN MILITARY INTERNEES

In the months after the armistice between Italy and the Allies on 8 September 1943, German troops captured their former Italian alliance partners, who were now considered as “traitors”, and disarmed them. A decree issued by Hitler deprived them of the status of prisoners of war, designating them as Italian military internees. Without the protection of the Geneva Convention, both enlisted men and officers had to carry our forced labour in the German Reich and occupied territories under very severe conditions. Some 45000 military internees out of the roughly 600000 interned did not survive their imprisonment. Towards the end of the war in particular, large numbers of military internees died in massacres in the camps.
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19 SEPTEMBER ~ BOOK PRESENTATION: FORCED LABOUR IN HITLER’S EUROPE

19 SEPTEMBER ~ BOOK PRESENTATION: FORCED LABOUR IN HITLER’S EUROPE

The editors Dieter Pohl and Tanja Sebta will be presenting their book “Zwangsarbeit in Hitlers Europa. Besatzung, Arbeit, Folgen” (“Forced labour in Hitler’s Europe. Occupation, labour, consequences”). They provide an overview of current research work on forced labour under National Socialism outside the German Reich. In a panel discussion the editors will debate the dimensions of the racist labour deployment policy in Europe, the after-effects and the current status of research into the topic.
Photo: Private files of Harald Bösche, Münster
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25/26 SEPTEMBER 2013 ~ CONFERENCE: THE HOLOCAUST: SHARED MEMORY AND DIVIDING APPROACHES

25/26 SEPTEMBER 2013 ~ CONFERENCE: THE HOLOCAUST: SHARED MEMORY AND DIVIDING APPROACHES

On 25/26 September 2013 MEMORIAL in Moscow is organising an international conference entitled “The Holocaust: Shared Memory and Dividing Approaches”. The initiative for this conference was born in the Civil Society Working Group of the Petersburg Dialogue. The conference is being supported by the Foundation EVZ and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
The international conference examines remembrance of the Holocaust from a comparative perspective. Speakers from Eastern Europe (former Soviet Union), Central Europe (former socialist states) and Western Europe will enter into exchanges with each other. There will also be a focus on the effects of anti-Semitism on the nature of remembrance and public discourse. The conference programme also includes a visit to the Jewish Museum Moscow.
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2/3 OCTOBER ~ INFORMATION STAND AT THE CITIZENS’ FESTIVAL MARKING THE CENTRAL CELEBRATIONS ON THE DAY OF GERMAN UNIFICATION

2/3 OCTOBER ~ INFORMATION STAND AT THE CITIZENS’ FESTIVAL MARKING THE CENTRAL CELEBRATIONS ON THE DAY OF GERMAN UNIFICATION

The Foundation EVZ is presenting its funding work at the Citizens’ Festival in the central celebrations marking the Day of German Unification in Stuttgart’ s city centre.
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8 OCTOBER ~ READING: MORAL COURAGE AND BRAVERY

8 OCTOBER ~ READING: MORAL COURAGE AND BRAVERY

Professor Erika Rosenberg (*1951) is the daughter of Jews who fled to Argentina. As friend, confidante and biographer of Emilie Schindler, wife of the rescuer of 1,200 people from the gas chamber who gained worldwide fame through the film “Schindler’s List”, she is a second-generation eyewitness. Ms Rosenberg published the revised biographies of Emilie and Oskar Schindler “Ich, Emilie Schindler” (“I, Emilie Schindler”) and “Ich, Oskar Schindler” (“I, Oskar Schindler”). In 2012 her new work “Oskar Schindler. Seine unbekannten Helfer und Gegner” (Oskar Schindler. His unknown helpers and opponents”) came out. On her reading tour Ms Rosenberg will give one reading from her works in Berlin at the Foundation EVZ.
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18 OCTOBER ~ 7TH INTERNATIONAL FINAL OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE 2013

18 OCTOBER ~ 7TH INTERNATIONAL FINAL OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DEBATE 2013

International Youth Debate is a debating competition for young people from eight Central and East 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. In order to promote German language skills in the participating countries and bilateral cultural relations at the same time, the project is conducted in German. Altogether more than 1,900 pupils from over 160 schools take part. As a highlight of each competition year the best of each country compete with each other in the international final of International Youth Debate. This year’s 7th International Final will be held in Budapest.
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22 OCTOBER ~ PROJECT PRESENTATION: NOT INCLUDED IN THE SCHOOL BAG

22 OCTOBER ~ PROJECT PRESENTATION: NOT INCLUDED IN THE SCHOOL BAG

The education material for primary school children, “Not included in the schoolbag … fates of Jewish children in Berlin 1933–1942. Teaching human rights through learning about history”, was published by the Anne Frank Center together with Dr. Detlef Pech. Pech is Professor of Primary School Didactics at the Humboldt University Berlin. After the presentation by the Anne Frank Center there will be a discussion with eyewitnesses and a report from practical work at a primary school.
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23/24 OCTOBER ~ ACADEMIC COLLOQUIUM: PERSECUTION OF ROMA DURING THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERIOD IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN EUROPE

23/24 OCTOBER ~ ACADEMIC COLLOQUIUM: PERSECUTION OF ROMA DURING THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST PERIOD IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN EUROPE

The colloquium is being held in cooperation with the Foundation Remembrance Responsibility and Future (EVZ), the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, and with kind support from the Allianz Foundation to mark the occasion of the first anniversary of the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered under the National Socialist Regime. The focus of the event lies on the one hand on comparing historical experiences of injustice and their reception, and on the other on remembrance of this in selected countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The goal of the colloquium is also to discuss the current status of research into the history of the Roma genocide in Central and Eastern Europe and to identify gaps in this research. The colloquium will conclude on 24 October with a panel discussion at which the results will be discussed and concrete tasks of today’s history and political education will be debated. Both the colloquium and the concluding panel discussion are open to the public.

Website: MEMORIAL TO THE SINTI AND ROMA

8/9 NOVEMBER ~ CONFERENCE: ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE TODAY

8/9 NOVEMBER ~ CONFERENCE: ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE TODAY

European experts can enter into discussion with an interested expert public in order to take stock of the anti-Semitism phenomenon. Current forms of anti-Semitism in Europe will be discussed in a number of panels. “Classic anti-Semitism”, New anti-Semitism”, anti-Judaism and religion and anti-Semitism in the context of racism and xenophobia concerning other minorities will be discussed. A public event is planned in the Jewish Museum on the evening of the first day of the conference. The conference is being organised by the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Centre for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin and the Foundation EVZ.
Center for Research on Antisemitism

FUNDING NEWS

ERSTE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR IN IUSTITIA

ERSTE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR IN IUSTITIA

In IUSTITIA has won the Erste Foundation Award for its contribution to social integration. The award presentation ceremony took place in Vienna on 27 June. In IUSTITIA won against competition from nearly 2000 projects from 13 countries in Central Europe. Altogether 35 organisations engaged in social integration were honoured. In IUSTITIA supports victims of hate violence who have been attacked on the grounds of their colour, their origin, their faith, their sexual orientation, their social status or their health condition. In IUSTITIA offers counselling and legal support in dealings with the police and in court. Every year In IUSTITIA helps around 40 long-term clients.
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CONFERENCE: 4TH INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF HUMANITY IN ACTION (HIA) IN WARSAW

CONFERENCE: 4TH INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF HUMANITY IN ACTION (HIA) IN WARSAW

On 27 June 2013 the 4th International Annual Conference of Humanity in Action (HiA) was opened in Warsaw. Humanity in Action conducts international education projects for committed young adults and links learning about history with working for human rights. The Foundation EVZ shares this approach and has been funding HiA for nine years. Altogether 250 guests came to the conference “Transitions in a Modern World: Democracy, Human Rights and Diversity”, including many participants of the HiA country programmes. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation EVZ, Dr. Martin Salm, held a speech, “Together for human rights, in freedom and democracy” at the opening event in which he expressed recognition for the work of Humanity in Action and placed it in the context of European understanding. The conference was held in the newly opened Jewish Museum Warsaw. The Museum is located at the site where the German occupiers locked 500,000 Jews in a Ghetto in World War II.
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OPENING SEMINARS OF “DIALOGUE FORUM” IN BELARUS, RUSSIA AND UKRAINE

OPENING SEMINARS OF “DIALOGUE FORUM” IN BELARUS, RUSSIA AND UKRAINE

In summer all the organisations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine meet in their home country at opening seminars funded in the “Forum Dialogue” programme. They get to know each other and receive information for successful project implementation. In 2013 altogether 47 projects are being newly approved in the three project countries. The “Dialogue Forum” programme is currently implementing 66 projects that allow social recognition and a stakeholding in society for victims of National Socialism.
To the programme

GERMAN-CAMBODIAN EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE IN BERLIN

GERMAN-CAMBODIAN EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE IN BERLIN

A delegation of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal from Cambodia headed by Secretary of State H.E. Tony Kranh visited the Foundation EVZ from 5 to 7 June 2013. Since 2006 the Tribunal has been trying the persons chiefly responsible for the Khmer Rouge regime to which at least 1.7 million Cambodians fell victim between 1975 and 1979. The special merit of the ECCC is that more than 3,800 victims have been admitted to the proceedings as joint plaintiffs. The Victims Support Section (VSS), to which the members of the delegation belong, looks after their concerns. The purpose of the visit to Berlin was to discus political, legal and administrative aspects of setting up a foundation. The ECCC is considering setting up a foundation to implement projects benefiting the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime after the trials have been completed. They are thinking of nation-wide initiatives for remembrance, documentation, rehabilitation and education. The programme in Berlin was supplemented by meetings with the responsible German Federal Ministries and visits to remembrance sites of National Socialist persecution.
ECCC website

HUMANS? RIGHTS? INALIENABLE

HUMANS? RIGHTS? INALIENABLE

The Haus der Demokratie in Berlin has produced a web portal from which various working materials for teaching human rights to young people can be downloaded. The project was funded by the Foundation EVZ in the “Teaching Human Rights” programme. It focuses on children housed in institutions. In the past, children housed by the state were confronted particularly frequently with systematic violations of their human rights. Young people and supervisors are sensitised to the present situation of these children and young people and the extent to which improvements are necessary and possible against the background of the idea of human rights. In addition to a personal connection, access to the theme was selected via two very different thematic areas of contemporary history: the situation in the special children’s homes in the former German Democratic Republic, and experiences in the Litzmannstadt camp for Polish children during the National Socialist period. The resulting educational materials are based on eyewitness reports and historical documents, as well as on currently valid human rights guarantees.
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CONFERENCE POLITICAL AND SOCIETAL LEADERSHIP IN ENCOURAGING RECONCILIATION

CONFERENCE POLITICAL AND SOCIETAL LEADERSHIP IN ENCOURAGING RECONCILIATION

On 22 October the Conference “Political and Societal Leadership in Encouraging Reconciliation: A Comparison of Japanese and German Foreign Policies in Their Neighborhood” funded by the Foundation EVZ will be held in Berlin. It is being organised by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) of the John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. The AICGS is an independent research institute engaged above all with examining developments and trends in Germany, Europe and the USA. At the conference practitioners and academics from seven countries will analyse the reconciliation policy of Germany and Japan vis-à-vis their neighbours. The aim of the conference is to create new impulses for the idea of reconciliation in Japanese foreign policy, which appears necessary in view of current political and cross-generation processes. The Co-Director of the Foundation EVZ, Günter Saathoff, as one of the speakers will contribute the German perspective and specific experiences from the standpoint of the Foundation EVZ.
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LECTURE: THE ‘EUTHANASIA’ CRIMES OF THE NATIONAL SOCIALISTS

LECTURE: THE ‘EUTHANASIA’ CRIMES OF THE NATIONAL SOCIALISTS

On 9 and 10 November 2012 a conference on ethics and the law in psychiatry was held in Lemberg, Ukraine. It was organised by the Psychiatrist Dr. Semjon Gluzman as Chairman of the Association of Psychiatrists in Ukraine. Gluzman is committed to the work of the Foundation EVZ as Chairman of the Advisory Council to the Dialogue Forum funding programme.
Semjon Gluzman had invited Uta Gerlant, assistant to the Board of Directors of EVZ, to the conference. She gave a talk on “The ‘Euthanasia’ crimes of the National Socialists”. This lecture recently appeared in the journal of the Association of Psychiatrists of Ukraine.
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CURRENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

TOPIC 2013: JEWISH DIVERSITY IN EUROPE

TOPIC 2013: JEWISH DIVERSITY IN EUROPE

Jewish life in Europe is diverse and colourful.
Cultural elements range from the innovative architecture of modern new synagogue buildings in Germany (for example in Aachen or Duisburg), through European metropolitan chic with kosher restaurants and celebrating the Shabbat for tourists, to pop culture with the Jewrovision Song-Contest and Kippa-Flashmobs as solidarity initiatives. The language level is also diverse: multilingualism and internationality are part of every-day life in Jewish communities. In Germany, for example, Russian plays a major role through the immigrant community members from the former Soviet Union. These are all aspects of Jewish culture that are little known in the European majority society, for the topics of Jewish life only appear as marginal notes in the key media.
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"LEO BAECK" FUNDING PROGRAMME

"LEO BAECK" FUNDING PROGRAMME

Our society bears historically rooted responsibility for preserving German-Jewish history. Making Jewish contributions to the cultural, economic and political development of Germany visible and promoting understanding for this is the aim of the LEO BAECK PROGRAMME of the Foundation EVZ. The programme funds projects that show differentiated and diverse pictures of German-Jewish history and contribute to transmitting knowledge about Jewish culture. The guiding idea is to anchor Jewish contributions as integral components of German and European history in society’s perception.
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GOEAST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD

GOEAST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD

The Foundation EVZ and the German Film Institute are inviting submissions for the “Remembrance and Future” documentary film award endowed with € 10,000 prize money for the seventh time now at the goEast Film Festival. Under the slogan ‘Future can be shaped by those who choose not to ignore the past’‚‘ the award aims to honour directors who take a critical look at social developments and their causes in their countries and point up cross-frontier perspectives.
To the documentary film award

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