Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Historic Responsibility

Germany is profoundly aware of the historic responsibility it bears towards the Jewish community and towards the State of Israel as a result of the crimes of the Nazi regime. This responsibility, a cornerstone of German policy, requires remembrance, reconciliation and ongoing vigilance - now and in the future.

Jewish Life in Modern Germany

New Synagogue

Germany's multicultural capital is becoming a thriving center for Jewish life. With thousands of young Israelis choosing to settle in Berlin, Jewish culture is once again flourishing in the city's majestic synagogues and vibrant community gatherings, enriching its art scene and turning it into a popular destination for the Jewish traveler.

Jewish Life

72 Years Later: The Enduring Impact of the White Rose

Hans and Sophie Scholl

Most of the group’s members were university students in their early to mid-twenties, yet 72 years after its disintegration at the hands of the Nazis, the White Rose is one of the most widely known resistance groups in German history.

The White Rose

DW searches for traces of German-Jewish past

Synagoge Ulm

For the multimedia project "Traces of German-Jewish Cultural Heritage," Deutsche Welle reporters visited 10 locations around the world. What they found is documented on DW’s website from December 3, 2012.

DW searches for traces of German-Jewish past

Germany Close Up

New Synagogue in Berlin

Charlotte is 22 and spending nine days in Berlin with a group of Jewish American students and young professionals. "I felt it was important to look into the Holocaust during my first visit to Germany, and not just to visit castles and other pretty things around the country," she said.

Germany Close Up

A Quest for Family Roots in Germany

At a train station in Germany, children and families bid farewell. The image is from the documentary "Kindertransport." © picture-alliance / dpa

American journalist Jeff Kelly Lowenstein traveled to Germany looking for answers to questions his father, a survivor of the Holocaust through the Kindertransport, and older relatives couldn't completely provide. Records carefully saved by a good friend of the family finally helped  Lowenstein connect with the past.

Quest for Family Roots

New Archive Focuses on Silenced Music

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Numerous Jewish musicians across Europe were forbidden from performing or publishing their compositions during the Nazi years. Now, a new Center for Ostracized Music aims to recover these lost musical voices.

New Archive Focuses on Silenced Music

Remembrance Culture

Kathrin Meyer is working for the "Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance und Research" (ITF) in Berlin. In an interview she talked about remembrance culture, academic research and remembrance initiatives.

Remembrance Culture

Commemorating Resistance Against Hitler

70th Anniversary Commemoration

Each year on July 20, the anniversary of the 1944 attempted assassination of Hitler, Germany pauses to remember the men and women of the resistance movement who stood up for freedom and human dignity in the face of the Nazi regime, often at the risk of death.

Resistance Anniversary

Latest Historic Responsibility News

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Remembrance, Responsibility, Future

The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” is an expression of the responsibility of the state, industry and society to continue to confront National Socialist injustice and to work for understanding between peoples.

The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” is an expression of the responsibility to continue to confront National Socialist injustice and to work for understanding between peoples.

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) is a German peace and volunteer service organization founded in the aftermath of World War II to confront the legacy of the Nazi regime.

Compensation for Eligible Holocaust Survivors

Gigantic field of steles

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has committed through an agreement signed with the Claims Conference at a public ceremony, to continue compensation payments to eligible Holocaust survivors and providing funding for homecare for victims. Claims are administered by the Jewish Claims Conference.

Jewish Claims Conference

Freya

Freya von Moltke

Director Rachel Freudenburg's documentary film chronicles the life of Freya von Moltke (March 29, 1911 – January 1, 2010) . It includes her last interview in English.

Freya von Moltke was a participant in the anti-Nazi resistance group, the Kreisau Circle, with her husband, Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, who was later executed for treason.

The documentary is available as a DVD. Please contact the German Information Center at the link below.

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