Europe under Construction: Poetry Slam Competition

We invite people living in Poland or Germany to develop a new vision for Europe together with us. What would you like to change? What has to be done? In which kind of Europe do you want to live? Participate in our poetry slam competition and tell us... 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
09 October

Forum Dialog

Vom 9. bis zum 15. Oktober findet in Kreisau/Krzyżowa unsere Jugendbegegnung Forum Dialog statt. Die Teilnehmer*innen kommen aus Nowogród Bobrzański (Polen), Berlin (Deutschland) sowie Izmir und Istanbul (Türkei). Read more
22 October

Forum Dialog Junior

Vom 22. bis zum 28. Oktober findet in Kreisau/Krzyżowa unsere Begegnung Forum Dialog Junior für Kinder und Jugendliche im Alter von 10-14 Jahren statt. Die Teilnehmer*innen kommen aus Tomaszów Bolesławiecki, Sosnówka (Polen), Kiew (Ukraine) und... Read more
22 October


Vom 22. bis zum 28. Oktober findet in Tiflis (Georgien) der zweite Teil der Betzavta-Trainingsreihe "Towards a Culture of Democracy" statt. In der gleichen Zusammensetzung werden die Teilnehmer*innen (zivilgesellschaftlich aktive Menschen aus... 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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