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Dear Friends of the Kreisau-Initiative,

"For an open country with free people!" With this appeal from the fall of 1989, our board member Katrin Hattenhauer and 46 other GDR civil rights activists are expressing their support for Angela Merkel’s policy of open borders for receiving asylum-seekers. Jens Stoltenberg – who was still the Norwegian Prime Minister in 2011  – once said: "We have to be steadfast and continue to stand up for our values ​​now. [...] Norway’s answer to violence is always more openness, more democracy ". Openness, freedom, democracy – It is important, just after the shocking attacks in Paris, to live these values ​​and to oppose those who want to use such disturbing events for building borders, racism, and Islamophobia.

Many thanks and best wishes to our previous intern Mkrtich Dallakyan from Armenia and an equally warm welcome to our new colleagues: Thomas Handrich (Programme Manager in the focal area of ​​sustainability and intergenerational dialogue), Anna Flaszczyńska (European Voluntary Service, sent by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace e.V) and Anna Graczyk-Osowska (scholarship holder of the program "Building Europe – Civic Education in Action" of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Robert Bosch Foundation).

#NousSommesUnis - dans la diversité

Best wishes for the upcoming year,
Ole Jantschek
Federal Cross of Merit for Katrin Hattenhauer

Congratulations to Katrin Hattenhauer, board member of the Kreisau-Initiative, for being awarded the 1st class Federal Cross of Merit on the day of German Unification 2015. In the late 1980s she was a member of the East German opposition and helped launch the first Monday demonstration in Leipzig.

New Website Design

Our website has a new, user-friendly design. We are hoping this will enable us to reach more people with information about our work. The website is available in German, English and Polish and is going to be available in plain language soon.

Last Projects

There are many projects we’ve completed! We report, among others, on the projects: Model International Criminal Court (MICC) University, German-Polish Vocational Exchange: Wood work, International Training Practice Peace; Justice Today for Peace Tomorrow – A conference marking 10 Years of MICC. Read more

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Pictures: Private archive Katrin Hattenhauer, KI, KI