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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

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


25 May

Kreisau-Initiative on the Market of Possibilities

From 24th to 28th of May, the 36th German Evangelical Church Assembly (36. Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag) takes place in Berlin and Wittenberg. The Kirchentag is a biannual event of faith, culture and political discussion. Read more
02 June

Pfingsttreffen in Kreisau/Krzyżowa

Vom 2. bis zum 5. Juni findet in Kreisau/Krzyżowa unser Pfingsttreffen statt. Es ist ein offenes Treffen für Menschen, die sich Kreisau durch Begegnungen, Projekte oder seine Geschichte(n) verbunden fühlen, aber auch für alle, die den Ort... Read more
09 June

Citizen Journalists on Tour: Countering Hate Speech

Vom 9. bis zum 16. Juni findet in Trebnitz unser Training „Citizen Journalists on Tour 2017: Countering Hate Speech” statt. Es richtet sich an Jugendarbeiter*innen, Aktivist*innen, Journalist*innen und Multiplikator*innen aus Deutschland, Estland,... Read more
25 June

Local in Global: Welcome to Krapowa!

Vom 25. Juni bis zum 1. Juli findet in Kreisau/Krzyżowa unsere Begegnung „Local in Global: Welcome to Krapowa!” für Jugendliche im Alter von 15-18 Jahren aus Deutschland, Polen, Moldau und der Ukraine statt. 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 Social-Ecological Transformation. 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


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