Two moderator-led working groups of experts discussed 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 did 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 project's results were presented during a public closing event in Colgone on 11th October 2018. 

Videos of the talks and discussions have been published in a separate playlist on our Youtube channel.

To find out more about the results click here


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 did, 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 did 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 was funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the Federal Foreign Office.



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