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About us

The Competence Network on Antisemitism is an association of five institutions with many years of experience in the fields of antisemitism prevention, antisemitism critical educational work, counselling, as well as in the documentation and analysis of antisemitic incidents: the Anne Frank Zentrum, the Anne Frank Educational Centre, Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism (RIAS), the Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment of the ZWST, and the Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism – KIgA e.V.

The aim of the network is to use cooperation and knowledge transfer to bundle and further develop programs in the fields of antisemitism prevention, antisemitism critical educational work, counselling, as well as the documentation and analysis of antisemitic incidents. The network partners make their expertise available to the fields of (school) education, politics, administration and civil society. The Anne Frank Zentrum is responsible for coordinating the Antisemitism Competence Network.

 

Network Partners

Anne Frank Zentrum (Anne Frank Centre)

The  Anne Frank Zentrum (Anne Frank Centre) is the German partner organisation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The centre commemorates Anne Frank and her diary through exhibitions and educational programs. It creates places of learning in which children and young people come to grips with history and recognize its connections to their present world. They learn to assume social responsibility and become engaged in issues of freedom, equality and democracy. The Anne Frank Zentrum has a permanent exhibition in Berlin and travelling exhibitions throughout Germany. It implements projects nationwide and develops materials to address the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust as well as issues of antisemitism, racism and discrimination today. The Anne Frank Zentrum is based in Berlin and is a non-profit organization. The centre is recognised as a provider of independent youth welfare services and a member of the Working Group of German Educational Institutions.

The Anne Frank Zentrum is the coordinating body of the Competence Network on Antisemitism. Within the Competence Network, the Anne Frank Zentrum represents the field of historical-political education on National Socialism and the Holocaust. The centre works mainly in rural areas and focuses on youth participation. The study of historical forms of antisemitism and the continuity of antisemitic stereotypes, enemy images and ideologies is an important basis for an effective examination of current manifestations of antisemitism. Building on this foundation, the Anne Frank Zentrum implements educational activities critical of antisemitism that are tailored to children and young people, but also to educational specialists and facilitators. A further goal of the historical-political educational work is the initiation and strengthening of broad civil society networks at the local level.

Anne Frank Zentrum e. V.
(Anne Frank Centre)
Franziska Göpner
Head of the travelling exhibitions dept
Tel.: 030 288 86 56 28
E-Mail: goepner@annefrank.de
Rosenthaler Straße 39
10178 Berlin
www.annefrank.de

Bildungsstätte Anne Frank e. V. (Anne Frank Educational Centre)

As a centre for political education and counselling in Hesse with locations in Frankfurt am Main and Kassel, the Anne Frank Educational Centre develops innovative concepts and methods to sensitise young people and adults to antisemitism, racism and various forms of discrimination – and to strengthen their active participation in an open, democratic society. The Educational Centre networks different groups and communities and brings them into conversation with each other – in the context of changing special exhibitions, information and discussion events, conferences and specialist days. Teachers and educators receive advice on how to deal with acute conflicts and radicalisation. Two Hessian counselling centres are located in the Anne Frank Educational Centre: Response supports people affected by right-wing, racist and antisemitic violence; the ADiBe network counsels people who have experienced discrimination. Right-wing and racist incidents can be reported on the reporting portal hessenschauthin.de.

Within the framework of the Competence Network on Antisemitism, the Anne Frank Educational Centre promotes the development, dissemination and perpetuation of concepts, approaches and methods in the fight against antisemitism throughout Germany. As a member of the Competence Network, its specific tasks include the analysis of, education and counselling on antisemitism for actors in the left spectrum, right-wing populism, and social networks, as well as the development and dissemination of digital formats for antisemitism critical educational work. The Anne Frank Educational Centre establishes nationwide contact with initiatives and organizations from the left-wing liberal milieu. Educators and institutions receive advice on how to deal with antisemitic hate speech. A further focus is on how antisemitism and historical revisionism in right-wing populism can be addressed. Together with the Research and Information for Antisemitism (RIAS) and the Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment (ZWST), the Anne Frank Educational Centre accompanies individuals and organizations affected by antisemitism on social media.

Bildungsstätte Anne Frank
(Anne Frank Educational Centre)

Tom Uhlig
Educational Officer
Tel.: 069 56 00 02 47
E-Mail: tuhlig@bs-anne-frank.de
Hansaallee 150
60320 Frankfurt am Main
www.bs-anne-frank.de

Bundesverband der Recherche- und Informationsstellen Antisemitismus e. V. RIAS (Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism RIAS)

On 31 October 2018, the Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism was founded in Berlin. Its aim is to ensure a uniform nationwide registration and documentation of antisemitic incidents in civil society by means of the reporting portal www.report-antisemitism.de. In particular, the Federal Association promotes the trust and willingness of Jewish people and those perceived as Jewish to take advantage of civil society reporting and support services. Close and continuous cooperation with the Central Council of Jews in Germany and other Jewish organisations is central to this objective. Similarly, continuous consultation with the existing counselling and support services offered by victim advisory services, mobile counselling and anti-discrimination counselling as well as the nationwide counselling centre OFEK e.V. is central to the success of a nationwide reporting and support network.

Within the framework of the Antisemitism Competence Network, the Federal Association RIAS e.V. initiates and supports the establishment of regional reporting and support networks and trains newly founded civil society projects whose main purpose is to record antisemitic incidents in Germany. Within the framework of a federal working group, the project is responsible for the standardisation and further development of working methods and for regular quality control of the work of the regional reporting offices. The Federal Association RIAS e.V. prepares topic-related expert reports and analyses on the topic of antisemitism for use in preventive educational work. In addition, requirements for the use of incidents in preventive pedagogical work are developed with partners in the Competence Network. The collection and processing of subject-related content is also ensured by monitoring antisemitic forms of expression. Targeted public relations work sensitizes society, politics, and the media to Jewish experiences with and Jewish perspectives on antisemitism as well as to Jewish life in Germany.

Bundesverband der Recherche- und Informationsstellen Antisemitismus e. V.  RIAS
(Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism RIAS)
Benjamin Steinitz
Tel: 030 817 98 58 18
E-Mail: info@rias-bund.de
Gleimstraße 31
10437 Berlin
https://www.report-antisemitism.de/en/rias-bund/
www.fb.com/BundesverbandRIAS

Das Kompetenzzentrum für Prävention und Empowerment (ZWST e. V.) - The Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment (ZWST e. V.)

The Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment operates under the auspices of the Central Welfare Office of Jews in Germany (ZWST). It is an educational, counselling and practical research institute with headquarters in Berlin and a nationwide outreach. The Competence Centre qualifies specialists, managers and facilitators in education, civil society, administration and politics in combating antisemitism and discrimination; it conducts application studies and organises expert discussions and symposia. In doing so, the Competence Centre draws on its profound knowledge and many years of experience and also provides the diversity of Jewish voices. In this role, the Competence Centre participates in socio-political as well as theoretical discourses and shapes them through its expertise and publications. In addition to projects and programs that extend over several years, the Competence Centre develops needs-oriented educational and counselling programs. In response to the growing threat of antisemitism, the Competence Centre founded the OFEK e.V., a counselling office for antisemitic violence and discrimination, in 2017. In 2019, OFEK e.V. became a registered partner organization of the Competence Centre, assisting and counselling victims of antisemitic discrimination.

The Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment focuses on three main areas within the Competence Network on Antisemitism:

Developing and implementing qualification formats for specialists and managers from education, administration and politics as well as civil society. The quality assurance of antisemitic education and counselling plays a central role in this process.

Through intervention and counselling, the Competence Centre works closely with OFEK e.V. to help further develop empowerment programs and to expand antisemitism-sensitive counselling structures nationwide.

The Competence Centre uses practical studies to reduce gaps in applied research through qualitative analyses and field observations and to empirically substantiate pedagogical action in dealing with antisemitism. The aim is to address questions from the advisory and educational work and to analyse them systematically.

Kompetenzzentrum für Prävention und Empowerment (ZWST e. V.)
The Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment (ZWST e. V.)
Jöran David Wulf
Project coordinator of “Bilder im Kopf” und SPEAK UP
Tel.: 030 51 30 39 88
E-Mail: wulf@zwst-kompetenzzentrum.de
www.zwst-kompetenzzentrum.de

Kreuzberger Initiative gegen Antisemitismus – KIgA e. V. (Kreuzberg Initiative Against Antisemitism – KIgA e. V.)

Founded in 2003, the Kreuzberg Initiative Against Antisemitism (KIgA e.V.) offers solutions and training approaches in the field of political education for Germany’s multicultural society on topics such as antisemitism, anti-Muslim racism, the Middle East conflict and the prevention of radicalisation. KIgA is initiator and leading member of the European Network Countering Antisemitism through Education (ENCATE) and organizes international and national conferences. KIgA e. V. also provides social impulses in the Jewish-Muslim dialogue and through cultural programs, such as the touring exhibition “L’Chaim – Auf das Leben! Discover the diversity of Jewish life”.  Through its further education and counselling center, KIgA, in cooperation with the Berlin Senate, provides a central contact point for schools and offers school workshops, seminars, teacher training, and the development of long-term concepts for the prevention of antisemitism.

Within the Antisemitism Competence Network, the main focus of KiGA’s work is on further education and counselling adults and young people about antisemitism, anti-Muslim racism, Jewish-Muslim dialogue, the Middle East conflict, and the prevention of radicalisation. A further focus is on organising national and international symposia and conferences and integrating the organisation’s core themes into cultural projects. KIgA e.V. also works on projects addressing Jewish life in Germany and projects related to Israel and the Middle East conflict.

Kreuzberger Initiative gegen Antisemitismus – KIgA e. V.
(Kreuzberg Initiative Against Antisemitism – KIgA e. V.)
Joachim Seinfeld
Tel.: 030 23 58 82 30
E-Mail: joachim.seinfeld@kiga-berlin.org
Kottbusser Damm 94
10967 Berlin
https://www.kiga-berlin.org/