Funding program: History Workshop Europe.

Encounter with a witness to the historical events at the History Workshop Minsk, 2007.

Photo: Jan Zappner; source: Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”

Funding program: Volunteers for Europe’s cultural heritage.

Malgorzata Witalinska reading Hebrew inscriptions on a gravestone.

Photo: Lukasz Ziolkowski; source: Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”

Funding program: Encounters with former forced laborers and other victims of National Socialism.

Interview with a former forced laborer from Poland at the site of his one-time place of work on the island of Rügen, 2005.

Photo: Katharina Rostock; source: Dokumentationszentrum Prora

The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ)

By supporting the international traveling exhibition, the Foundation EVZ would like to promote the critical examination of forced labor during National Socialism and keep the memory of the former forced laborers’ fates alive. The comprehensive presentation is intended as a means of raising an awareness of that historical injustice and anchoring knowledge of it in the collective memory.

In commemoration of the victims of National Socialist injustice, the Foundation EVZ advocates the strengthening of human rights and of understanding among nations. It moreover continues to commit itself to the survivors’ cause. The Foundation EVZ is thus an expression of the continued political and moral responsibility of the German state, economy and society for the injustices perpetrated by National Socialism.

The Foundation EVZ funds international projects in three areas:

  • the critical examination of history
  • working for human rights
  • and commitment to the victims of National Socialism.

The Foundation EVZ was founded in 2000, primarily for the purpose of making compensation payments to former forced laborers. The compensation program was concluded in 2007. The foundation capital of 5.2 billion euros was provided by the German state and the German economy. Of that sum, 358 million euros were reserved as capital for the funding programs. The Foundation EVZ finances its ongoing activities with the revenue from that capital.