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
Call for applications

Training course on inclusive youth work

Teachers, multiplieres and youth workers from Germany, Poland, Greece and Lithuania can apply for our international training course on inclusive youth work with a focus on sport and dance education. The application deadline is June 24th. Read more


26 June

Fair Life

From June 26th to July 1st our German-Polish youth exchange Fair Life with participants from Sonthofen (Germany) and Bralin (Poland) is taking place in Krzyżowa. Read more
26 June

Model Krzyżowa_in Balance

From June 26th to July 1st our international training course on inclusive youth work with a focus on sport and dance education is taking place in Krzyżowa. Read more
20 July


Vom 20. bis zum 22. Juli findet das Abschlussseminar des Diversity-Labors – einem Seminarleiter*innen-Pool für interkulturelle, inklusive und intergenerationelle Praxis – statt. Read more
25 July

Dwarfs meet Giants

From July 25th to 30th our German-Polish encounter for fathers and their children aged 6-12 is taking place 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


Thomas Handrich ist Politikwissenschaftler und bereits seit 30 Jahren in der internationalen Politischen Bildungs- und Vernetzungsarbeit unterwegs. Seit Dezember 2015 koordiniert er bei der Kreisau-Initiative den Bereich Nachhaltigkeit und... 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 in Hamburg, Poznań and Berlin. 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 in Bremen, Kraków and Frankfurt (Oder). She has been working for the Kreisau-Initiative since March 2011. She coordinates projects... 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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