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GERMANY – DRA e.V. (Berlin)  

The DRA e.V. is an international non-governmental organization that has been committed to peaceful coexistence among citizens in a democratic Europe that transcends borders since 1992. The DRA supports the development of pluralistic societies in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia as well as the EU and advocates a peaceful dialogue between Germany and the countries of Eastern Europe. The focus of international project work includes the fields of education, youth exchange, civil rights, history, environment, media and social affairs. Since 2015 the DRA, together with Sofia Platform, has been the main coordinator of the “Transition Dialogue” network. From 2009-2011 the DRA was the initiator and founding member and from 2014 the sponsor of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. The project “Different Wars” was developed in this context – a comparative historical image analysis of six countries about the Second World War (https://eu-russia-csf.org/home/projects/different-wars/). 

The DRA has a partner organization of the same name in Russia.

Approaching the German unification process using the example of history teaching in Bavaria and Saxony

Jan Dreyer, history teacher, has been examining and researching the ways in which the transition process and reunification period is approached German history text books and has written this report that compares his findings across textbooks in Bavaria and Saxony.  Within the short period of time between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the …

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Closing conference of Transition Dialogue 2019-2021

On Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April, we gathered both online and in the Rotes Rathaus in the centre of Berlin to mark the closing of the programme “Transition Dialogue” and to present the handbook that has been the result of the hard work of the project and its coordinators. Our conference was particularly …

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Best Practice: Saxony in Dialogue

Can we still have a conversation with each other? We all want to be heard, but are not always prepared to listen? The social climate of conversation seems poisoned, dialogue increasingly turns into discord; hatred and agitation often dominate the discourse. In this short video, the project “Saxony in Dialogue” is presented by its initiator Conny Reichelt. Through encounters …

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Conference: “Rethinking the Democratic Future” with the panel “Challenges of Transition.”

Democracy in the world today faces new challenges. Some of them, such as populism and a lack of democratic procedure, can be traced back to the collapse of the socialist world before 1989 and the subsequent transition out of communism. From April 26-28, 2021, the international conference “Rethinking the Democratic Future: Lessons from the 20th …

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Transformation als Lebensschule

Ostdeutsche Frauen-Biographien als Reibungspunkte der Generationen „In meinen Gesprächen habe ich immer wieder gemerkt: Da ist etwas, was es bei den Frauen im Westen Deutschlands noch nicht und im Osten Deutschlands noch immer gibt: das tief verinnerlichte Wissen, dass Arbeit Selbständigkeit verleiht, dass Kinder zum Leben dazugehören, dass es keine Schande ist, seine Kinder in …

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Germany: Chances of identification for communities

Vacancies – eyesores or/and (new) chances of identification for communities:  How to support initiatives of people and their voluntary work to successfully breath new life into unoccupied buildings Mandy Schulze, Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute of Education, Germany Abstract. Since 1990 the rural regions of East Germany experienced a great social and political transformation, followed …

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Deutschlandforschertagung 2016 – Children of Transition

“The good, the bad and the Eastern Europeans – refugees and the communist past.” Under this headline, Iva Kopraleva and Rafaela Tripalo from Transition Dialogue Network presented research results from Bulgaria and Croatia at the conference “Deutschlandforschertagung 2016 – Children of Transition, Children of War” in November in Vienna. Together with Louisa Slavkova, they have …

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Breaking the Silence: Memories of the Times of Change

As different as the transition experience was among people in the same country (let alone among the three countries), most interviews reveal a similar crucial experience of lasting impact: loss of trust, rules or orientation // Findings from inter-Generation Talks and Interviews with the “Children of Change” from Ukraine, Russia and Germany As Transition Dialogue-Network, …

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“Man muss im Schutzraum des Privaten seine Haltung finden”

Im Buch “Wie war das für Euch? Die Dritte Generation Ost im Gespräch mit ihren Eltern” erzählen die 1975 bis 1985 Geborenen, warum sie nicht aufhören können, sich mit der eigenen Herkunft und der Familiengeschichte auseinanderzusetzen. Die Interviews und Reflexionen im Buch zeigen aber auch, dass diese Auseinandersetzung über Transformationserfahrungen in der Familie auch eine …

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