Bettina Frevert studied history and political science at Heidelberg University. She then went on to work on a political education project, where she collaborated with young people, with and without a migrant background, to explore questions relating to integration, belonging and participation in Germany. She is currently working as a historical educator alongside her postgraduate studies. She teaches school classes from Germany and abroad about the history of Germany’s division at a memorial site in Berlin.
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Ute Frevert is a historian and director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where she has led the “History of Emotions” research area since 2008. Previously, she was a professor at Yale University in the USA, as well as at Bielefeld University, the University of Konstanz and FU Berlin. In 1998, she received the Leibniz Award from the German Research Foundation. In 2016, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, first class. She is a member of a number of national and international academies.https://www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de/de/forschung/geschichte-der-gefuehle
The “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation (EVZ) aims to enshrine the history of forced labour under the Nazi regime in the German and European culture of remembrance. In this process, victims get the chance to have their say and communicate their experiences during the National Socialist era to future generations. The foundation also helps to create a culture of remembrance for the German migration society. It investigates the experiences of violence during the 20th century on the basis of real examples and makes this a part of experiences shared at international level. The EVZ Foundation also aims to strengthen the awareness of the role played by the Jewish population in German and European history. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 was a fundamental response to historic injustice, especially the unprecedented National Socialist crimes and the Second World War. The EVZ Foundation supports projects aimed at providing human rights education in combination with historical study. It works to combat anti-Semitism, antigypsyism and “hate crimes” in Central and Eastern Europe and is committed to the concerns of minorities. It funds education projects and awards scholarships in order to bolster the Sinti and Roma communities. The victims of National Socialism are very advanced in years. Their living situation is often precarious and characterised by a lack of participation in society. The EVZ Foundation supports initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe and in Israel that serve to boost the amount of help available to victims of forced labour and other National Socialist injustices. It funds pilot projects to promote dignified social and medical care and dialogue between the generations. In connection with this, it also works to bring about social policy that will consolidate societies’ sense of responsibility for the concerns of older people and their social integration.https://www.stiftung-evz.de
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.HTTPS://WWW.BUNDESSTIFTUNG-AUFARBEITUNG.DE