Two moderator-led working groups of experts are discussing political education and psychosocial issues respectively in relation to the work of and to working with descendants of survivors of Nazi persecution. The partaking international researchers and professionals have been thoroughly investigating the issue of subsequent generations and answered our Call for Papers from January 2018. The working groups act as platforms for the experts to exchange information on their fields of work, discuss ways of cooperation and provide fresh momentum to research and social discourse.

The working group meetings were held in Cologne on 11th/12th April 2018 and on 07th/08th June 2018. 

The project's results will be presented during a public closing event in Colgone on 11th October 2018. The event will be held in German and English, an interpreting service will be available. Please click here for the programme.

Internationales Caritas-Zentrum in Köln
Zülpicher Str. 273B
50937 Cologne

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Later the results will be published on this website.


Working Group on Psychosocial Issues
International scientific literature shows that a significant number of members of subsequent generations suffers from physical and psychological diseases that can be explained by the transgenerational transmission of trauma. This working group does, for example, focus on analysing the socio-psychological needs of descendants of survivors of Nazi persecution, taking into account the role of social continuities after 1945 and current discrimination issues.

Stella Shcherbatova: Psychologist, head of the Cologne Synagogue Community’s branch in Cologne-Porz, instigated among other projects a „confidence telephone“.

Prof. Dr. Julia Bernstein: Professor for Social Inequalities and Experiences of Discrimination at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Department for Social Work).

Food for thought paper


Working Group on Historico-political Education
Descendants of survivors talk about the crimes of National Socialism and their links to current forms of group-focused enmity in schools, at panel discussions, on TV, at memorials or on guided city tours. Moreover, they play a vital part in developing new forms of remembrance work. One of the questions this working group does address is what role descendants of survivors may take in future political education and politics of remembrance.

Viola Jakschová: Education specialist, project coordinator with Živá Paměť, works in the field of political education on the subject of Sinti and Roma and their discrimination as well as forced labour during the Second World War.

Dr. Anne Klein: Educational Scientist, Historian and PhD in Political Science. Researcher and lecturer at the department for Science of Humanities at Cologne University. Research on descendants of survivors.

Food for thought paper


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The project is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the Federal Foreign Office.



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