Berlin (dpa) – The foundation to come to terms with the SED dictatorship is funding 142 projects nationwide with almost 2.8 million euros next year. This could make documentaries, publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational materials possible, she announced on Thursday. In addition, the support of victims of political persecution remains a central task. Around 243,000 euros are made available for advising those affected and for initiatives by victims’ associations.
The aim of the project funding is to anchor the further discussion of communist rule as an all-German task, it said. Questions about the division of Germany and its consequences played a major role in 2021 – the 60th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall is imminent (August 13, 1961).
Dealing with the past is not an East German regional issue, emphasized the foundation. This was also confirmed by inquiries and project proposals from all over Germany. Accordingly, 44 projects dealt with the transformation after 1990 not only in Germany, but also in Eastern Europe. Among them are works that dealt with the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991 and thus looked outside the box of German processing. Some projects are also about basic democratic values.