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Local in Global: Prosperity without Growth?

How can there be a good life for all within the ecological limits of our planet? That is the guiding question of the international training "Local in Global: Prosperity without Growth?", which will take place in Krzyżowa from February 21st to 28th.... Read more


20 March

Activists against Xenocide

From March 20th to 26th our training course "Activists against Xenocide" on migration to and within Europe today and in the past for professionals of non-formal education from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Poland, and the United Kingdom is... Read more
01 April

MICC University

Vom 1. bis zum 6. April findet in Kreisau/Krzyżowa unser internationales Projekt Model International Criminal Court (MICC) University statt. Es richtet sich an Student*innen. Read more
01 April

Mitgliederversammlung und Tag der offenen Tür

Am 1. April findet in der Berliner Nikodemuskirche die Mitgliederversammlung der Kreisau-Initiative statt, bei der wir über die Arbeit des Vereins im zurückliegenden Jahr unterrichten. Außerdem stehen u.a. auch Neuwahlen des Vorstands an. Read more
13 May


Vom 13. bis 20. Mai findet in Kreisau/Krzyżowa das internationale Betzavta-Training "Democracy in Action – From the Personal to the Political" statt. Es arbeitet mit einer besonderen Methode des Demokratielernens und verknüpft dabei inhaltliche... Read more

About us

The Kreisau-Initiative was founded in 1989 by East and West Berliners in order to support the set-up and maintenance of an international youth meeting centre in Krzyżowa, Poland. We organise youth encounters, workshops, trainings and conferences for different target groups. Our projects are international with participants coming from all over the world, belonging to different generations and having different educational and social backgrounds. Thematically, they fall into the fields of contemporary history and human rights, inclusive education, sustainability and intergenerational dialogue. Read more


Ole Jantschek


Ole Jantschek has been a member of the board since 2009 and chair of the association since 2011. From 2011 to 2014 he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Krzyżowa Foundation for European Understanding and currently represents the... Read more

Patryk Grudziński

Project Coordinator

Patryk Grudziński studied Peace Studies and International Politics in Tübingen and Haifa. He has been with the Kreisau-Initiative since September 2014. He coordinates projects within the field Sustainability and Intergenerational Dialogue. Read more

Elżbieta Kosek

Deputy Executive Director Programme Manager

Elżbieta Kosek studied Economy in Berlin and Media Pedagogy in Rostock. From 2007 to 2012 she worked as a Programme Manager in the International Youth Center in Krzyżowa. In January 2013 she started her work for the Kreisau-Initiative. She... Read more

Nina Lüders

Executive Director Programme Manager

Nina Lüders studied Political Science. She became a Project Coordinator for the Kreisau-Initiative in 2009 and since 2014 she is its Executive Director. She coordinates the field Contemporary History and Human Rights. Read more

Annemarie Cordes

Board Member

Annemarie Cordes is a sociologist with many years of experience in the field of international youth exchange. From 1982 to 1990 she was the Youth education officer of the Protestant Youth Educational Centre Haus Kreisau in Berlin. From 1989 to 2011... Read more

Carolin Wenzel

Project Coordinator

Carolin Wenzel has studied Integrated European Studies as well as Culture and History of Central and Eastern Europe. She has been working for the Kreisau-Initiative since March 2011. She coordinates projects within the field Contemporary History and... Read more

Michalina Golinczak

Public Relations Officer

Michalina Golinczak studied Cultural Studies in Wrocław (Poland) and Freiburg (Germany). In 2010/2011 she spent a year as an EVS volunteer at the Kreisau-Initiative. She returned to our team in June 2014. Read more

Stasia Piotrowska


Stanisława Piotrowska ist Historikerin. Seit Februar 2015 ist sie Vorstandsmitglied der Kreisau-Initiative. Von 2006 bis 2014 war sie Leiterin des Referats Koordination im Potsdamer Büro des Deutsch-Polnischen Jugendwerks (DPJW). Von 2002 bis 2006... Read more


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