The statutory mission of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany is to promote the comprehensive investigation of the causes, history and impact of dictatorship in the Soviet occupation zone in Germany and the GDR, to oversee the process of German reunification and to contribute to the investigation of dictatorships at international level. Together with other institutions and numerous partners in Germany and abroad, it supports the examination of the communist dictatorships in the Soviet occupation zone in Germany and the GDR and in Central and Eastern Europe in order to promote public awareness of the communist tyranny. The Peaceful Revolutions of 1989 are to be enshrined and honoured as outstanding events in the history of German and European democracy in order to help overcome the consequences of the division of Germany and Europe. The Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany was founded by the German Bundestag in 1998. The guiding motives of the Foundation’s work are to initiate and promote, inform and connect. The Foundation works in partnership with memorial sites, museums, historical societies, private archives, associations of victims of the communist dictatorship, associations of federal states and municipalities, scientific associations and political education associations, as well as school and non-formal education associations, the content of whose projects it supports and – where possible – finances. The Foundation also produces a range of information and publications and provides a forum for cooperation and networking. It uses panel discussions, workshops and conferences, first-hand accounts, colloquia and training sessions to promote debate and provide ideas to drive investigation processes forward through the transfer of knowledge, communication and consultation.