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In 2018, the Bundesverband Information & Beratung für NS-Verfolgte e. V. (Federal Association Information and Advice for Survivors of Nazi Persecution) initiated two international working groups. The participating experts discussed historico-political education and psychosocial issues in relation to the work of and to working with descendants of people persecuted by the National Socialists for different reasons.
The working groups discussed the specific needs of descendants and their role as a driving force for a participatory, democratic remembrance culture. With the present declaration, we call upon (political) decision-makers and multipliers to support the common objectives derived in this context.

We, the undersigned, are convinced that the descendants of survivors of Nazi persecution make an important contribution towards understanding transgenerational transmission of trauma. They give important impetus to creating remembrance culture and socio-political programmes promoting an open, democratic and pluralistic society. Their perspective is vital to debates relevant to the present and they should be supported in developing and implementing programmes that draw on the authentic experiences made by survivors and their descendants.

Together with the survivors, their descendants have been advocating the coming to terms with Nazi crimes and the honouring of persecution stories since the 1960s. Thus, they make a significant socio-political contribution. Descendants give important impetus to historico-political education through their family history. Offering their personal experiences, they are intermediaries between the past and the future. They must be empowered in order to appreciate their work and to have their perspectives reflected in decisions concerning politics of remembrance:
• Descendants must be recognised as witnesses of their own history. Their experiences are crucial in analysing socio-political developments since the end of the Second World War.
• It is required to support and promote the participation of descendants in debates relevant to the present for their voices to be heard.
• On an international level, it is required to support descendants (and descendant intiatives) wishing to participate in remembrance culture.

Descendants in different countries express their need for support in coming to terms with their family history. One of the reasons for this is that many of them are affected by transgenerational transmission of trauma. Up to now, there is a lack of support that caters to their specific needs:
• Support must be provided to those who seek help.
• It is necessary to create psychosocial services for descendants of survivors of Nazi persecution.

Social and political participation of descendants must be supported. Some descendants are affected by some kind of group-focused enmity:
• Continuities of discrimination must be identified and overcome.

In general, politicians and society must recognise that the fate of the victims of Nazi persecution has affected the lives of their children and grandchildren and still does so to this day.
Together with the undersigned, the Federal Association Information and Advice for Survivors of Nazi Persecution promotes the interests of all survivors of Nazi persecution and their descendants.

Christine Bast, Landesverband Deutscher Sinti und Roma e.V. Landesverband Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Julia Bernstein, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Alina Brehm, Universität Wien (Austria)

Maria Buko, History Meeting House / University of Warsaw (Poland)

Marina Chernivsky, Kompetenzzentrum für Prävention und Empowerment (ZWST) (Germany)

Marie-Luise Conen, Dipl.-Psychologist (Germany)

Yael Danieli, Clinical psychologist in private practice (USA)

Jacques Delfeld, Verband Deutscher Sinti und Roma – Landesverband Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)

Eva Fogelman, Licensed Psychologist in private practice (USA)

Simon Forstmeier, Universität Siegen (Germany)

Roman Franz, Landesverband Deutscher Sinti und Roma e. V. NRW (Germany)

Gaby Glassman, in private practice (United Kingdom)

Erika Hagelberg, Second Generation Network (United Kingdom)

Anita Haviv-Horiner, education expert and author (Germany/Israel)

Andreas Hechler, Educational Consultant (Germany)

Nora Hespers, Journalist (Germany)

Viola Jakschova, Živá Paměť (Czech Republic)

Ulla Jelpke, Speaker for domestic politics of the Die Linke in the German parliament

Natan Kellermann, AMCHA Deutschland (Germany)

Anne Klein, University of Cologne (Germany)

Elke Kleinau, University of Cologne (Germany)

Habbo Knoch, University of Cologne (Germany)

Dani Kranz, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Germany/Israel)

Vivien Laumann, Dissens – Institut für Bildung und Forschung (Germany)

Nikki Marczak, Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Anna Meier-Osinski, Arolsen Archives (Germany)

Elena Monicelli, Peace School Foundation of Monte Sole (Italy)

Merylin Moos, Second Generation (United Kingdom)

Michael Newman, The Association of Jewish Refugees (United Kingdom)

Abraham Peck, University of Southern Maine (USA)

Dagmar Pruin, Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (Germany)

Jost Rebentisch, Bundesverband Information & Beratung für NS-Verfolgte e.V. (Germany)

Dennis Riffel, Gegen Vergessen - für Demokratie e.V. (Germany)

Joram Ronel, Klinik Barmelweid AG (Swiss)

Romani Rose, Zentralrats Deutscher Sinti und Roma (Germany)

Günter Saathoff (Germany)

Elisabeth Schwabauer, Arolsen Archives (Germany)

Darina Sedláčková, Živá Paměť (Czech Republic)

Stella Shcherbatova, Begegnungszentrum Porz der Synagogen-Gemeinde Köln (Germany)

Amit Shrira, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Marta Simó, Investigacions en sociologia de la religió (Spain)

Phillipp Sonntag, Child Survivors Deutschland e.V. (Germany)

Noemi Staszewski, Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden in Deutschland

Rinaldo Strauß, Verband Deutscher Sinti und Roma Landesverband Hessen (Germany)

Ulrike Trautwein, Evangelischen Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany)

Tom Uhlig, Bildungsstätte Anne Frank (Germany)

Bettina Wegner, Songwriter (Germany)

Lukas Welz, AMCHA Deutschland (Germany)

Oliver von Wrochem, KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme (Germany)



Szabine Adamek, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. (Germany)

Anne Allex, Sozialpolitische Wegeweiserin/ historisch tätig zu "Asozialen"/ Zwangsarbeit von Juden (Germany)

Wolfgang Battermann, Ortsheimatpflege Petershagen (Germany)

Mathias Behring, Goldsmith (Germany)

Chana Bennett, Synagogen-Gemeinde Köln (Germany)

Josh Berle (United Kingdom)

Sara Bialas, Erinnern und VerANTWORTung (Germany)

Volker Blaschke, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Karin Block (Germany)

Werner Block (Germany)

Angelika Brauer, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. (Germany)

Helga Brendel, Ta Tzitzikia e.V., Frauennetzwerkt für Politik, Kultur und Soziales (Germany)

Jürgen Brüger, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Hartmut Büchsel, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Christine Chiriac, Georg-Eckert-Institut Braunschweig (Germany)

Waldemar Ciszek (Germany)

David Clark, Second Generation Network (United Kingdom)

Malte Clausen, Verband Deutscher Sinti und Roma Landesverband Hessen (Germany)

Miriam E. David, UCL Institute of Education

Heidi Delbeck (Germany)

Uwe Dischereit, Ruth-Cohn-Schule (Germany)

Barbara Dresner, Second Generation Network committee member (United Kingdom)

Katharina Drexler, Doctor of Psychiatry and Doctor of Psychosomatic Medicine and psychotherapy (Germany)

Adina Dymczyk, Doctoral Candidate Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

Martina Emme, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. (Germany)

Sigrid Falkenstein, Activist/Author (Deutschland)

Oliver Felgendreher, Ruth-Cohn-Schule (Deutschland)

Thorsten Fehlberg, Bundesverband Information & Beratung für NS-Verfolgte e.V. (Germany)

Thomas Floeth, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Irene Fick, Second Generation (United Kingdom)

Hans-Peter Markus Fresdorf (Germany)

Birgit Fuchs, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Maggie Gad, JDC-Eshel (Israel)

Petra Godel-Erhardt, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Birgit Görres, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Nils Greve, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Swenja Granzow-Rauwald, Junges Komitee der Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme (Germany)

Christine Hämmerling, Institute of Social Anthropology and Empirical Cultural Studies -Popular cultures (Switzerland)

Annegret Hecker, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Martina Heland-Graef, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V., Bundesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener e.V. (Germany)

Kay Herklotz, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V., Landesverband Gemeindepsychiatrie Sachsen e.V. (Germany)

Birgit Hofmann, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)

Mara Kaemmel (Germany)

Gertrud Kauderer, One by One e.V.  (Germany)

Bernhard Kessel, Ruth-Cohn-Schule (Germany)

Christine Kone, Verband Deutscher Sinti und Roma Landesverband Hessen (Germany)

Sandra Konrad (Germany)

Jean-Paul Köpell, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Rosemarie Koester-Nierhoff, Ta Tzitzikia e.V., Frauennetzwerkt für Politik, Kultur und Soziales (Germany)

Inge Kroll, Psychologist (Germany)

Gert Levy, Psychotherapist (Germany)

Utz List, Ruth-Cohn-Schule (Germany)

Dietrich Lohse, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Petra Madyda, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. (Germany)

André Meyhoff, Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (Germany)

Isabel Morgenstern, Memory Werkstatt (Germany)

Dieter Nelles, Lehrer und Sozialwissenschaftler (Germany)

Thomas Nowotny, Paediatrician  (Germany)

Andreja Orsag, Ruth-Cohn-Schule (Germany)

Heinz Ostermann, "Leporello" (Germany)

Christel Pieper, VVN-BdA-LV SH (Germany)

Peter Pogany-Wnendt, Arbeitskreis für Intergenerationelle Folgen des Holocaust (Germany)

Ulrike Pohlit, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. (Germany)

Eva Quistorp, MdEP a.d (Germany)

Horst Reiter, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Inge-Jule Rösch,  Ta Tzitzikia e.V., Frauennetzwerkt für Politik, Kultur und Soziales (Germany)

Erich Schneeberger, Verband Deutscher Sinti und Roma - Landesverband Bayern e.V. (Germany)

Christiane Schott, Britzer Initiative "Hufeisen gegen Rechts" (Germany)

Hans-Georg Schulz, Child care worker (Germany)

Alexandra Senfft, Author and Journalist (Germany)

Anja Siegemund, Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum (Germany)

Wilfried Silbernagel, Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e.V. (Germany)

Anni Söntherath, Psychologin (Germany)

Hannelore Steinert, Historian (Germany)

Wilko Stubbe, VVN-BdA (Germany)

Anne Sultoon (Swiss)

Claudia Seydholdt, Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Simone Treis, Rom e.V. (Germany)

Silvio Uhlfelder (Germany)

Kerstin Végh, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. (Germany)

Jelena Wachowski (Germany)

Renate Waldschütz-Leich, One by One e.V. (Germany)

Anika Walke, Department of History Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Doris Watzinger (Germany)

Jörg Watzinger, Second Generation (Germany)

Karin Weimann, Verein Erinnern und VerANTWORTung e. V. – Gedenkarbeit an Berliner Schulen mit dem Projekt „Trost durch Tat“ (Germany)

Marianne Wilke (Germany)

Monika Wolke, Ta Tzitzikia e.V., Frauennetzwerkt für Politik, Kultur und Soziales (Germany)

Christian Zechert, Vorstand Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V. (Germany)

Sahra Zimmermann, Universität Siegen (Germany)