About the Network

The aim and intention are that dialogue should arise between as many actors as possible from different institutions, parties, religious communities, associations and groups connected to the topic of ‘Remembrance of Genocide’. The Network of Remembrance Culture was founded to approach this question. In doing so, we focus primarily on the genocide of the Yazidis. Likewise, the Holocaust and (other) genocides should be remembered. We want to inform, educate and raise awareness.

The Network of Remembrance Culture is a mailing list composed of all working directly or indirectly on the genocide of the Yazidis or connected to survivors. Anyone interested is also welcome to join the list. The network provides information about upcoming events, projects or campaigns and invites you to become active.


Ali Atalan Social scientist, former representative in the Turkish Parliament for HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party)

Katrin Unger Deputy Director of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial and director of the Education and Encounters department

The Bergen-Belsen Memorial sees itself as an international place of remembrance and learning. It places the history of the POW Camp (1940-1945) and the Concentration Camp (1943-1945) as well as the Displaced Persons Camp (1945-1950) and their impact in a global context. It is important for us to perceive the heterogeneity of the visitors. That means, among other things, to recognize, that the history of the place is conceived before a variety of experiences of violence and disenfranchisement.


Mariusz Rybak Bergen-Belsen Memorial, specialist coordination office of the ‘Partnership for Democracy in Bergen’



Katja Seybold Historian at Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Reserach Department


Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (Society for Threatened Nations)

The Society for Society for Threatened Nations (GfbV) is an international human rights organisation working to raise awareness about persecuted and threatened ethnic and religious minorities, nationalities and indigenous communities.


Dr. Khabat Kedir Eziden Weltweit e.V. (Yazidis Worldwide)

Yazidis Worldwide is an international, non-profit aid organisation that works on behalf of Yazidis and Christian minorities. Our main areas of work are the advancement of women and education, rehabilitation after the genocide and humanitarian aid.


Gohdar Alkaidy Stelle für Jesidische Angelegenheiten e.V. (Vocal Point for Yazidi Affairs)

The Vocal Point for Yazidi Affairs is a religious, cultural, social and non-partisan association committed to the preservation and adaptation of Yazidi religion and culture to modern world progress and the coexistence of peoples, cultures and religions as promoted by Yazidi teachings and the German democratic constitution.


Hilke Langhammer Bomann-Museum Celle

In the heart of the city, directly opposite Celle Castle, is the Bomann Museum, one of the largest and most beautiful regional museums in northern Germany. Since 1907, the museum has housed its nationally important collections of folklore in eastern Lower Saxony and the history of the city of Celle on around 3,500 square meters. Today, seven exhibitions await visitors that vividly present the city’s cultural history and region.


Andreas Döring Schlosstheater Celle (Castle Theatre Celle)

As a place of history, the Schlosstheater Celle contributes to the culture of remembrance, especially since the origin of its current form is rooted in the reconstruction of civil society. More than 100 colleagues support the artistic work of the 16-strong ensemble, which offers a comprehensive program with over 20 premieres a year at four venues.
As one of the six municipal theatres in Lower Saxony, the Schlosstheater Celle explores the tension between tradition and modernity – and between town and country.


Murat Yavsan Gemeinde der Eziden e.V. (Community of the Yazidis in Bergen)

The non-profit association in Bergen has set themselves the task of forming a community of Yazidis living here, in which religion and culture are cultivated and communicated to interested parties.
Promoting religion, language, and cultural backgrounds is essential to our association. In addition, we are committed to promoting integration in Germany.

Sabine Maehnert Gesellschaft für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit in Celle e.V. (Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation Celle)

The Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation Celle was founded in 1980. Like other Jewish organisations in Germany, it is aware of the guilt and accepts responsibility for the destruction of Jewish life carried out in Germany’s name. The Society is committed to realising all people’s rights to life and freedom, regardless of belief, origin or gender. The Celle society, together with the Jewish community of Celle and the city of Celle, creates a program that provides information about Judaism as a religion, Jewish history, literature, music and the state of Israel.


Ronya Othmann Writer and Journalist

She has received many awards, including the residency at the Lukas Artists’ House in 2015, the MDR Literature Prize in 2015, the Audience Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition in 2019 for her text ‘Seventy-Four’ about the genocide of the Yazidis, and the Gertrud Kolmar Promotional Prize for her poem ‘I have seen’.

Martina Staats Head of the memorial in the JVA Wolfenbüttel

The memorial in the JVA Wolfenbüttel deals with the history of the National Socialist judiciary, the penal system as well as the individual experiences of persecution of the imprisoned and executed.



Dr. Gabriele Frech Amnesty International, Celle Group

Amnesty International is an independent international human rights organisation whose campaigns and actions are based on the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Celle Group addresses the global human rights situation and campaigns against torture and the death penalty, as well as for the release of political prisoners.

Claudia Dettmar-Müller Mayor of Bergen

Yilmaz Kaba Yazidi Activist, Journalist

Enno Stünkel Volkshochschule (VHS) Celle (Adult Education Centre Celle)

The VHS Celle is the largest extracurricular educational institution in the city and district of Celle and understand adult education as a contribution to a democratic society.


Kirsten Lühmann Freundschaftsverein Celle-Batman e.V. (Celle-Batman Friendship Association) and Europe Union Celle

The friendship association was founded to accompany the town twinning between Celle and Batman in south-east Turkey. However, this partnership has been prohibited by the Turkish Ministry of Interior. The association hope that this attitude will change and that the people of the two cities can become friends through the partnership.

The Europe Union is a non-partisan citizens’ initiative that works to strengthen the European Union, international understanding and peace.


BÜNDNIS NIEDERSACHSEN PACKT AN (Alliance Lower Saxony tackles action)

BÜNDNIS NIEDERSACHSEN PACKT AN is a non-partisan alliance of politics and civil society with all relevant actors – also at the regional level – for the integration of refugees. The alliance is open and lively and stands for a democratic, pluralistic, cosmopolitan and tolerant Lower Saxony. It serves as a work and dialogue platform to share the existing knowledge, join forces and combine the integration offers of the municipal, state and independent providers in a coordinated manner.



ZeitZentrum Zivilcourage

The ZeitZentrum Zivilcourage is an extracurricular place of learning in the state capital Hanover using biographies to convey the history of Hanover’s urban society under National Socialism. Under the motto ‘Join in or resist’, visitors are encouraged to critically examine the options for action and decision-making that people have had in the past and to reflect on democratic coexistence in the present and future.


Dr. Menno Preuschaft & Carolin Scholz Landesdemokratiezentrum/ L-DZ Niedersachen (State Democracy Centre Lower Saxony)

The L-DZ Niedersachsen in the State Prevention Council at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice promotes counselling for those affected by right-wing, racist or anti-Semitic violence. The centre offers mobile counselling and assists civilians exiting right-wing or anti-Semitic circles. It also runs a network of specialist centres on preventing religiously-based radicalisation. In addition, measures for the prevention of anti-Semitism, anti-discrimination counselling and small projects are implemented.


„Eby“ Bakari Tangara Afrikanischer Dachverband-Nord e.V. (ADV-Nord, African Chapter for Northern Germany)

The ADV-Nord has existed since 2007, advocating for a democratic coexistence in northern Germany, primarily working against discrimination and especially racism. They see themselves as bridge builders between people with African origins and all other cultural communities. The ADV-Nord is currently made up of 25 associations and many committed individuals who work together for the well-being of fellow African citizens. We support them in implementing their projects or assisting in crises.


Dr. Anne Bonfert Heinrich Böll-Stiftung Niedersachen (Foundation Life & Environment Lower Saxony)

The Life & Environment Foundation is committed to a diverse, democratic-emancipatory, ecologically and socially just society. As a (politically) green Lower Saxony educational institution, they are clearly positioned, offer orientation and simultaneously open up space for negotiation processes. They are currently working on three main areas: climate, social justice and democracy.


Moritz Thies CVJM LVH e.V. / Anne-Frank-House Oldau

The CVJM LVH and the associated youth education centre ‘Anne-Frank-House Oldau’ have been working for well over 20 years in the context of historical-political youth education on the subject of remembrance culture and in particular on the Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, National Socialism and the biography of Anne Frank. Dealing with the past persecution under National Socialism should encourage people to take action against current discrimination.


Enno Stünkel Celler Netzwerk gegen Antisemitismus (Celle network against anti-Semitism)

The Celle Network Against Antisemitism is an association of Jewish and non-Jewish actors conducting education and awareness-raising against antisemitism since 2015, which includes reflection on remembrance and remembrance politics in post-Nazi society.

Statements: Why does the Network of Remembrance Culture matter?


Exhibition in Bergen, 'The Horrors of Sinjar'

9 December 2022 – 15 January 2023
Location: St. Lamberti Gemeinde
Cooperation Partners: City of Bergen, Association of Yazidis in Bergen, St. Lamberti Gemeinde, Sinti, Travellers and Roma Celle Allertal

Collecting tales against Forgetting

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023
Intercultural Library, City library Celle
Yazidi Culture Centre in Celle and Greater Celle e.V.

Educational Art workshop with young protagonists

Summer 2022
Atelier 22, Deniz Karabulut (Project X) KulturTrif(f)t

Exhibition in the Celle City Hall, 'The Horrors of Sinjar'

1-21 August 2022
Patron: Susanne McDowell, Head of the Department of Social Affairs, Celle
Cooperation partners: Yazidi Culture Centre Celle and Greater Celle, Atelier 22, KulturTrif(f)t, Evangelical-Lutheran Church Celle, AWO country chapter Celle, Multigenerational House Celle

Trailer to Remembering the Ferman 3 August

July/ August 2022

Impressions from the Network

Contact and Becoming a Member

Dr Leyla Ferman/ Isabell Leverenz
E: projekt.ferman@stiftung-ng.de
+49 (0) 51 41 – 933 55 52