Charity concert by Krzyżowa-Music

On the 3rd September, we had a great pleasure to see Krzyżowa-Music live in concert in the St. Elisabeth Church in Berlin-Mitte. The evening was a success, with brilliant music and many familiar faces – our friends and supporters. Read more
Call for applications

The Course of (Hi)Stories

During the online seminar we will focus on narratives about Jews, Judaism, the Shoah and Israel in Germany and Poland and learn how to use podcasts as a method in youth work. The seminar adresses youth workers and people active in civic education or... Read more


11 September

The Course of (Hi)Stories

Im Online-Seminar werden mit Fachkräften der Jugendarbeit aus Deutschland und Polen Narrative zu Judentum, Shoah und Israel in Deutschland und Polen mit der Methode Podcast verbunden. Die Teilnehmenden lernen, wie sie online mit Jugendlichen die... 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, Inclusion as well as Social-Ecological Transformation. Read more


Paweł Prokop


Paweł Prokop studied German studies in Warsaw and Berlin and History and Political Science at the FU Berlin. He found his place inside the German-Polish youth exchange starting from being a participant, language interpreter and organizing projects of... Read more

Bernd Böttcher


Bernd Böttcher, after working as a volunteer in Krzyżowa for one year, studied Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). After work experiences in Ukraine he managed an exchange of professionals between Germany,... Read more

Dr. Klaus Pumberger


Klaus Pumberger studied political sciences and history in Salzburg, Innsbruck and Warsaw. He wrote his PhD dissertation about "Solidarity on Strike. Political crisis, social protest and the question of power in Poland 1980/81". Since 2002,... Read more

Uğur Elhan

Programme Manager

Uğur Elhan studied Sociology, Human Rights Law in Turkey, and Intercultural Conflict Management in Berlin. Since 2003, he has been active in the field of youth work and youth policies. He joined the Kreisau-Initiative in October 2019 and is... Read more

Paulina Jaskulska

Project Coordinator

Paulina Jaskulska studied Media Studies in Gniezno (Poland), Greifswald (Germany) and Koper (Slovenia). She has been working for the Kreisau-Initiative since January 2016. Read more

Kerim Somun

Project Coordinator

Kerim Somun he has been working for the Kreisau-Initiative since February 2017. His main focus is the project Model International Criminal Court (MICC). He studied Public Administration at the University of Sarajevo and wrote his bachelor thesis... Read more

Elisabeth Kremer

Programme Manager

Elisabeth Kremer studied German-French studies and European Studies in Germany, France and Denmark. She is a certified teamer of intercultural youth meetings and group-interpreter within the German-French Youth Cooperation. Since May 2018, she has... Read more

Marta Kurek

Board Member

Marta Kurek has studied Business Administration in Poznań (Poland) and Osnabrück (Germany). Her work focuses on historical and political education in Europe. She has been a member of the board since April 2017. 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

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

Dominik Mosiczuk

Board Member

Dominik Mosiczuk has studied International Affairs and Russian Philology in Wrocław and Aberystwyth. From 2006-2009 he worked for the Krzyżowa Foundation and from 2009-2013 for the Kreisau-Initiative. He has been a board member since April 2017. Read more

Carolin Wenzel

Programme Manager

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 2011. She is the programme manager of the field Contemporary History and Human... Read more


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