The European Fellowship
June 6 – 30, 2022 | in-person Fellowship*
Discussing National Socialist injustices and atrocities as well as remembrance in a European setting to better understand the present.
As a city of enormous historical significance, Berlin has served as the capital of German colonialism, the Weimar Republic, and National Socialism. It has also been a focal point in the Cold War and continues to be pivotal for contemporary social justice struggles.
The European Fellowship looked at Germany’s National Socialist past to better understand its present. Fellows from a range of European countries examined the legacy of the Nazi past and its atrocities, the culture of remembrance and how Germany has come to terms with the Shoah. Main topics of inquiry were Antisemitism, racism and hostility towards the LGBTQI community in historical and contemporary perspective.
The Fellowship included an excursion to Amsterdam to explore the perspective of a country under German occupation during World War II. For bridging past and present Berlin and Amsterdam offer unique landscapes to explore the social, cultural, and historical tensions that impact our societies today.
The European Fellowship is a partnership of Humanity in Action Germany and Humanity in Action The Netherlands. It is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).
*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.
Some of Our Fellowship Speakers
Every day, our Fellows meet and discuss with established activists, artists, experts and policymakers with diverse perspectives on social justice and human rights.
After the Fellowship, our Fellows run impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For 11 months following their Fellowship time, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent social justice venture in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project begins in Berlin.
I Am Not Exotic – I Am Exhausted
Empowerment workshop for Black People & People of Color with the aim to develop strategies to deal constructively with experiences of racism.
The Real Past: Local History During the Time of National Socialism
In her Action Project, Fellow Miriam Mack decided to record World War II survivors' stories of their time living in her home village of Euerfeld, Bavaria during the Nazi regime. With this documentary, she hopes to keep youth in her village well-informed of their history.
Queer Muslim Berliners/refugees came together to break fast during Ramadan, as a moment of oneness and community.
Become a Fellow
Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
135 Fellows per year