HETI Director meets Berlin initiative

Heino Schönfeld, Director of the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland met recently with representatives of the Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism – KIgA in Berlin.

Founded in 2003/04, the Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism (KIgA), a registered non-for-profit organisation, was one of the first German civil society initiatives to develop education-based methods for dealing with anti-Semitism in a multicultural German society. They develop models for curricular and extra-curricular education tailored to the everyday reality of the young people they work with.

They received significant recognition for their work against discrimination and anti-Semitism. In 2006 they were nominated “Active for democracy and tolerance” by the Association for Democracy and Tolerance, a success followed in 2008 by winning the “alex – Together against right-wing extremism” prize. Most recently, in 2012 the Central Council of Jews in Germany awarded them the “Paul Spiegel Prize for Civic Courage”.