“Online counselling against right-wing extremism” seeks to inform and advise people who encounter right-wing extremism in their private or professional environment. When your son suddenly brings new “friends” home and listens to right-wing rock, or when a Turkish teammate is being harassed, one can often feel helpless. Online counselling is particularly suitable for those who are looking for help but wish to remain anonymous. Offering quick and competent support since 2008, the service has reached people who due to geographical distance, shame or fear wouldn’t have sought advice in a traditional way.
“Learning to argue against right-wing and other stereotypes” helps people to defend their position in the face of intransigence. The course assesses the content and impact of populist statements and discusses their political and social consequences, as well as counter-strategies. School pupils who have previously undergone the training act as instructors.
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The Gegen Vergessen - Für Demokratie Prize recognizes and supports outstanding dedication to the goals expressed in the association’s charter, to the values of democracy, and to developing suitable ways of coming to terms with the past or tackling right-wing extremism. A focus is placed on initiatives by individuals, civic engagement, and influential ideas with the potential for a wider impact. Against the background of German history and in an ever-more integrated Europe, internationally oriented projects receive special attention.
Awards are given to individuals, initiatives, or projects. Prizewinners are chosen by a jury composed of the prize’s founder, Mr Rainer Braam, and the chairperson and deputy chairpersons of the association. The prize is awarded annually at a public ceremony, where an address is given by a relevant luminary.
The prize comes with a financial award of €7,500, made available by the sponsor, which also donates up to €5,000 for the award ceremony itself. The prize is sponsored by the Frauke-Weber-und Rainer-Braam-Foundation (formerly the Rainer-Braam-Foundation, B & W Media Service GmbH, Essen).
The Waltraud Netzer Youth Prize recognizes youth projects that actively engage with history and/or promote the development of a thriving democracy. A special focus is placed on initiatives by individuals, civic engagement, and influential ideas with the potential for a wider impact. Both projects by youth and projects for youth are awarded.
The winners are chosen by the executive board of Gegen Vergessen - Für Demokratie e.V. The prize is awarded annually together with the Gegen Vergessen - Für Demokratie Prize at a public ceremony, where an address is given by a relevant luminary.
The prize comes with a financial award of €1,500 made available by the sponsor, the healthcare provider Dr. Nikolaus Netzer Verw. GmbH.
The award is presented in memory of Waltraud Netzer, who together with her fellow students granted shelter to persecuted people under National Socialism. She became involved in the SPD after the war and was a district counsellor in Munich-Schwabing for 20 years.