AMADEU ANTONIO FOUNDATION

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation was established in 1998. It responds to everyday neo-Nazi culture through initiatives striving to strengthen civil society and democratic culture. The Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse, is the official patron of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation under German civil law.

What are the goals?

Since its inception in 1998, the primary objective of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation has been to strengthen a democratic civil society that consistently resists right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism and strengthens everyday democratic culture.

What are the activities of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation?

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation

  • encourages local initiatives by supporting their self-initiative and providing appropriate networking;
  • raises the general public’s awareness of occurrences based on racist hate;
  • organizes and awards – together with the Freudenberg Foundation and the Sebastian Cobler Foundation – the Saxon Prize for Democracy
  • advises, supports and brings together community foundations and civic initiatives striving to promote democratic culture;
  • encourages artists to join the activities against right-wing extremism and discrimination;
  • takes care of victims of far-right violence and assists members of neo-Nazi groups who want to leave the right-wing extremist scene;
  • operates the online portals Netz gegen Nazis and no-nazi-net as well the expert center Gender and Right-Wing Extremism;
  • cooperates with national and regional partners from civil society, politics and public administration.

Which partners are supporting projects of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation?

  • Freudenberg Foundation, Weinheim
  • Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ)
  • Ford Foundation, New York
  • stern magazine
  • Regional Centers for Education, Integration and Democracy (RAA) in Berlin, Essen, Hoyerswerda, Leipzig, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Osnabrueck, Saxony, Federal Working Group of the RAA
  • SAP, Walldorf
  • Center for Democratic Culture (ZDK), Berlin
  • Generali Future Fund
  • companies and individuals who give donations for specific projects

Why is the Freudenberg Foundation supporting the Amadeu Antonio Foundation?

By supporting the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, the Freudenberg Foundation is contributing to the prevention of right-wing extremism in schools and communities and pursuing its objective of strengthening democratic civil society.

Contact
Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
Anetta Kahane
Timo Reinfrank
Novalisstraße 12
D-10115 Berlin
Phone 0049-(0)30-24088610
Fax 0049-(0)30-24088622
info@amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de
www.amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de

Change Story

*“We wanted to get to the root of the problem!”***
When a racist mob chased and seriously injured several Indian textile salesmen in the small Saxon town of Mueggeln, F and T., both teachers at the Blumenthal School Center in Bremen, had enough. They felt they had to do something against the increasing racism, because they, too, had observed similar problematic attitudes among adolescents. “We wanted to get down to the root of the problem.” What good would it do if students discussed racism but did not become aware of other forms of discrimination, for example, anti-Semitism? The idea for a new school project in Bremen was born.

Studies about “group-focused enmity” prove that precisely those people who experience little acknowledgement tend to be susceptible to hostile mentalities, in other words the key to fighting “group-focused enmity” successfully is acknowledgement and human rights education.

Unfortunately, the curricula of German schools do not include such projects. This makes it even more important for individuals to take the initiative – as did, for example, the participants of the Fundamentals of Politics course in Blumenthal. The adolescents decided to organize an exhibition on their own. They spoke with Muslims and Jews to learn more about their conditions of life in Germany. In particular, the young people were very interested in people who took an active stand against racism. Accordingly, in the course of the project, the adolescents not only created an exhibition but also made a film. The students also were encouraged to discuss homosexuality – an absolute taboo subject for many students before starting the project. But the course leaders did not want to ignore the depreciation experienced by many people because of their sexual orientation. Now the students can speak about gays and lesbians without blushing.

Has the project had a sustained influence on the young people? “Definitely,” says T. “The joint study of discrimination has had a positive effect on the climate at school.” The students are more aware politically and have developed a sensitivity for different forms of discrimination. Besides the students participating in the project, the whole school has changed. The children perceive problems prevalent around them, which they did not see before. With the help of the project network “Living Equality”, the working group “Political History” has set up a district project against racism. Now the students from the Oberstufenzentrum Bremen-Blumenthal visit kindergartens to talk and read stories about xenophobia and discrimination. They are also working on a play that they will perform at their school. All residents will be invited to the show.