Looking back at the emergence of both German dictatorships in the 20th century shows that democracy is not to be taken for granted, even though it has now been embedded in the western part of Germany for more than 60 years. State authority can only come from the people if citizens are ready to play an active role in shaping their democracy. Gegen Vergessen - Für Demokratie e.V. supports voluntary commitment for a cohesive society based on tolerance and dialogue. The association thereby shares one of its key findings: commitment does not just cost time and effort; it also gives a lot back to the person making it. Commitment to democratic unity is always worth it.