Call for applications

Activists against Xenocide 2016/2017

Professionals of non-formal education (18 years upwards) from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Poland and United Kingdom who are interested in the topic of migration and escape today and in the past and want to learn methods (film and photography)... Read more


17 September

Welcome to Krapowa!

Our international youth meeting Welcome to Krapowa! for participants living in Armenia, Germany, Poland and Ukraine starts in Krzyżowa. Read more
24 September

Fair Signs

Our international and inclusive youth meeting Fair Signs for participants aged 13 to 25 living in Germany and Poland starts in Krzyżowa. Read more
30 September

Excursion to Krzyżowa

This year's excursion to Krzyżowa organised by the Kreisau-Initiative and the Freya von Moltke Foundation is taking place from September 30th to October 3rd. Read more
03 October

Once upon today... in Europe

Our international youth meeting Once upon today... in Europe for participants living in Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine starts in Krzyżowa. 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


Thomas Handrich

Programme Manager

Thomas Handrich studied Political Science. Since December 2015 he has been working for the Kreisau-Initiative as a Programme Manager for 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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