Here you can find some of our publications with information about our work and projects.

Latest releases

(Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II

Hinda, V., Heinemann, I., Kaczorowska, K., Malinowska, A., Plachá, P., Schmitz-Köster, D., Stelnykovych, S.

Seven authors coming from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine present the history of stolen children from Central and Eastern Europe during world war II and how the contemporary memory of these events has been shaped in different ways.
The essays are available in English and in their original languages. The German translation of all the articles is in preparation.

Read all the articles in English

Read the two original articles from the Czech Republic in Czech

Read the two articles from Germany in German

Read the two articles from Poland in Polish

Read the two original articles from Ukraine in Ukrainian

About the Kreisau-Initiative

Information leaflet of the Kreisau-Initiative

Our leaflet in three languages (German, English, Polish) informs about chances and opportunities of international youth exchange. It presents the focal areas we are working in and the network of Kreisau-Initiative.

You can read the leaflet online or order the print version through our office.

Publications in the area of contemporary history and human rights

The Course of (Hi)Stories
Experiences from a German-Polish online seminar on narratives about Judaism and a manual on how to work with podcasts in non-formal education

This is a manual on how to combine the topic narratives with podcasts in non-formal education. In the first part, you will find our experiences from an online seminar on a historical-political issue (narratives about Jews, Judaism, the Shoah and Israel in Germany and Poland). In the second part, you can learn how to produce podcasts and use them in your activities.

The manual is an outcome of the "The Course of (Hi)Stories" project for which we teamed up with the Minor Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung.

Language: English

Silenced Memories. Women's history as a topic and oral history as a method. Transfer between International Youth Projects, Educational Practice and Research

This publication is addressed to persons who apply the oral history method in their professional life as a non-formal youth educator, a teacher or an academic at university. The editors' intention is to pave the way for a transfer of experiences between these groups. The four essays written by academics and educators serve as an impulse to discuss what we hear when we are talking to contemporary witnesses, what history we learn, and how to deal with gaps in the story. Two project presentations and an interview follow the contributions.

The title is an outcome of a joint project between the Kreisau-Initiative and the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (Warsaw, Poland), and was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Media (Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien).

The publication is available for free. Download your copy here.

(Hi)Storytelling: My History, Your History, Our History – Results and Lessons Learned from a German-Polish-Ukrainian Online BarCamp

The handbook is an outcome of the online BarCamp we organised in July 2020 in cooperation with the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and the Freya von Moltke Stiftung. We invited educators from Germany, Poland, and Ukraine to share they experiences, knowledge and insights an digital historical and civic education.

In this handbook, you will:
- receive some advice on how to organise an online BarCamp and other online events,
- learn about the current challenges of historical and civic education,
- find a collection of energizers and warm-ups for digital events.

The title is available for free. Download your copy here.

We thank the Rotary International for funding the BarCamp and the handbook.

Histoire Croisée as a perspective for non-formal education

The online-manual contains selected methods, revised and developed by the participants of the project. The methods show on the examples of German-Polish and German-Greek history, how to work with the approach of entagled history within the context of non-formal education work.

Additionally the methods can be used in different contexts (cultural, religious, national, social).

The publication is available online in English.

Publications in the area of inclusion

DARE Practical Guide for Inclusion

In the guide, you will find advice on how to organise inclusive international activities for young people with visual, hearing and physical impairments. It covers the following topics: language use, competences, methods, accessible websites and documents. The guide is addressed to European experts in (international) youth work as well as youth organizations that aspire to make youth work more inclusive.

Download the guide

This publication is the first outcome of the DARE: DisAble the barRiErs Erasmus+ strategic partnership. It's available in English, German, Polish, Italian, and Greek.

DARE Digital Storytelling Handbook of Empowerment

This handbook is designed for young people with visual, hearing, physical impairments so that they can learn about different kinds of international youth exchanges and see that it is not difficult to participate in one. Those who have already participated in an inclusive international youth exchange and would love for others to experience the same, life-changing moments, may wish to become a DARE Ambassador to motivate and support other young people to join Erasmus+ mobility projects. This handbook will help them in reaching that goal.

Click here to read the DARE Digital Storytelling Handbook of Empowerment.

The Culturatorium
Improvisation Theatre for Intercultural Education

From 2017 to 2019, in cooperation with VIA Bayern and impro à la turka, we carried out the „Bühne frei!” training. The aim was to present the Culturatorium approach that uses methods of improvisation theatre in intercultural learning and civic education. The handbook consists of theoretical background and ready-to-use methods.

Perspective: Inclusion

Language and communication in international inclusive education. Methods, guidelines, impulses

This publication is intended for: professionals working in the area of non-formal education with
young people; teachers; special educators; and all those interested in the role of language in shaping
social reality, and in promoting barrier-free communication in their practice.

The publication is available online in three languages (German, English, Polish). Duplication and use of the content within the context of non-profit work is allowed. An indication of the source is requested.

Publications in the areas of social-ecological transformation

Handbook with methods for the social-ecological transformation:
"Wszystkie ręce na pokład! Podręcznik do edukacji na rzecz transformacji społeczno-ekologicznej"

This Polish-language handbook includes 22 methods from Education for Sustainable Development, Transformative Learning and Degrowth Education. These were tested, discussed and refined in the German-Polish training modules of "Courage to Change, Courage to Act". Following the steps "recognize, assess, act", the publication proposes methods for different learning objectives that are suitable for working with both teenagers and adults. Many of the methods address core socio-ecological concerns such as growth critique, sustainability strategies, and social justice; others can be easily adapted to other thematic focuses and can thus provide socio-ecological impulses to new target groups. The selection of the published methods was done with regard to the needs of (non-formal) educators in Poland and in German-Polish exchange.

The handbook is the result of the project "Courage to Change, Courage to Act", which we implemented from 2018 to 2021 together with seven partner organisations from Poland and Germany. The publication was made possible thanks to funding from the German Federal Environmental Foundation, the German-Polish Youth Office and the Böll Foundation Warsaw.

On request we will gladly send you a print copy. The handbook and the collection of additional materials are also available free of charge here: 

Download the digital version of the handbook in low resolution (in Polish) (14 MB).
Download the digital version of the handbook in high resolution (in Polish) (60 MB).
Download the additional materials to the handbook (in Polish)

Welcome to Krapowa – Manual
A simulation game on sustainable development

The goal of the simulation game „Welcome to Krapowa“ is to find and discuss ideas for sustainable development on the local level and to strengthen the self-efficacy and negotiation skills of the participants. The manual covers a description of the simulation game created in the project Local in Global as well as revised and new materials.

The publication is available online in English. Duplication and use of the content within the context of non-profit work is allowed. An indication of the source is requested.

Other publications

Countering Hate Speech

The manual is designed for youth workers, trainers and youth leaders as well as young people who wish to get familiar with the hate speech online phenomenon. Through this manual, readers are introduced to the terms of ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate speech online’, they find ideas, tips and strategies regarding combating online hate speech and get helpful links and further information.

The publication is available online in English. Duplication and use of the content within the context of non-profit work is allowed. An indication of the source is requested.

Let's go intergenerational!
A collection of methods for intergenerational practice

The publication contains selected methods for international intergenerational education work. It is the result of the project "Archipelago of generations" and two years of work in a German-Polish-Northern-Irish partnership, financed by the European Union through the programme Erasmus+. Our partners were the Polish Towarzystwo Inicjatyw Twórczych "ę" and Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI).

The publication is available online (easy-print-version) in English. Duplication and use of the content within the context of non-profit work is allowed. An indication of the source is requested.

Malwina Szczypta

Kreisau-Initiative e. V.
c/o Allianz AG
Merlitzstraße 9
12489 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 53 89 31 63 64

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