Since its founding, the FGYO has supported exchange projects on culture(s) of remembrance and peace education. Even today, it is important heighten the awareness of young people from Germany and France with regard to their common history in Europe. The expansion of the FGYO’s work to other regions, both within and outside Europe, where war and conflict often have a much shorter history or even persist, lend particular relevance to the work of remembrance.

Approaching (one’s own) history

The FGYO pursues an array of approaches that give young people an opportunity to better understand themselves, others and their own history:

  • The multi-perspectival approach and intercultural learning ensure a reciprocal view of history. This gives young people a better understanding of their own and the other culture and socialisation and enables them to put their own points of view into perspective.
  • An individual’s biography and family history help to make it clear to young people that they themselves are products of history – and producers of history at the same time.
  • The local history of the place of origin or of the historical events in question gives them an opportunity to get intimately familiar with the ways in which local, national, and even global forms of history are intertwined.
  • Artistic works can serve as historical testimonies and documentary evidence of the attempt to deal with history. Young people can approach history in an artistic way, thus dealing with their own history at the same time.

The FGYO implements a wealth of different projects in the fields of remembrance and peace – projects that have evolved greatly over time. Modern formats and innovative educational methods help leverage history as a space for intercultural experience. 

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Des jeunes lors d'une rencontre à Verdun
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Projects of the FGYO

The FGYO offers project funding and continuing education in support of a common culture of remembrance. We attach particular importance to a simple and low-threshold application process.

The FGYO has funded numerous research publications in recent years. The aim is to impart knowledge and make the work of remembrance as widely accessible as possible. This is why further training also forms an integral part of the remembrance work and the projects carried out. 

Preview Des participantes lors de la rencontre "Youth for Peace"
Des participantes lors de la rencontre "Youth for Peace"
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Some examples:

  • Bi-national training courses: ‘History and remembrance in youth encounters’, offered in cooperation with Rue de la Mémoire, the University of Göttingen and Internationaler Bildungswerk
  • Cooperation in a variety of training courses and workshops with Mémorial de la Shoah, Rue de la Mémoire and House of the Wannsee Conference 
  • Project: ‘Youth for peace – Global tools, local action’: Some 50 young people from 21 countries gathered in 2019 and 2020 to discuss opportunities to promote peace. This exchange resulted in eight videos in which young participants talk about peace, history and the challenges of the past and future.
  • In the Educational vade mecum: ‘History and memory in international youth meetings’, the FGYO provides practical information on intercultural peace work in youth exchange.
  • The fourth edition of PANORAMA addresses the question of why today’s young people should think about war.
  • The FGYO is currently planning an interactive map depicting places of historical interest and remembrance in Germany and France.
Preview Frank-Walter Steinmeier et Emmanuel Macron lors de l'événement "Youth for Peace"
Frank-Walter Steinmeier et Emmanuel Macron lors de l'événement „Youth for Peace“
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