Exchanges and dialogue are important to us, which is why the Berlin Wall Foundation participates in numerous collaborative projects and networks on a national and international level. An overview of current projects and plans is provided here.
If you would like to collaborate with us, please get in touch.
Iron Curtain Network
The second half of the 20th century was dominated by the struggle between capitalism and communism which manifested itself as the “Iron Curtain,” the border that cut through the middle of Germany and Europe.
Today, more than two decades since the end of the Cold War, few sites still exist that can convey an impression of the political, economic, and, most notably, military dividing line that existed at that time. Especially for young people it is difficult to grasp the reality of this confrontation which contained the daily threat of a nuclear inferno with the capacity to destroy a large expanse of our planet.
The network of places and sites of the “Iron Curtain” connects institutions and places that represent typical aspects of the cold-war confrontation as it played out in Germany. It is their aim to teach younger generations about this threat and to convey how it was overcome.
Observing Walls: 1989-2019
The project Observing Walls: 1989-2019, supported by the Europe for Citizens programme, focused on the walls in Europe - both as a physical reality and as a symbol of division in divided cities: Berlin, Gorizia/Nova Gorica, and Sarajevo. It was triggered by the realization that thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the process of democratisation of Europe had failed to fully accomplish its goals. Many walls were brought down, but new ones were raised instead and some of them were deeply troubling for our society. The project helped to understand these facts and to build a sense of community among the citizens. Five partners – The National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia, Beletrina Academic Press, The Berlin Wall Foundation, The History Museum of Bosnia and Hercegovina and The Quarantasettezeroquatro – from four countries, Slovenia, Germany, Bosna and Hercegovina and Italy, joined forces to highlight Europe’s important and complex legacy.
Currently, projects are supported with public funds from the following institutions:
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Discover-participate-participate: Digital presentation and mediation
Accessible image film
A new image film is currently being produced for the Berlin Wall Foundation and its sites, aimed in particular at people with disabilities. The image film will therefore be subtitled and translated into German sign language.
The education platform offers an additional service for professionals and digital visitors. It allows users to access offers from the Education Department digitally and compliant with data protection. In addition, the platform is intended to facilitate and strengthen the exchange among professionals in the long term.
Mauerspuren is an online knowledge portal that provides an overview of the remains of the former border and the border regime in Berlin today. The digitally provided photo collection and map function serves as a research tool for experts. For digital visitors of the Foundation, it can serve as inspiration for a visit to the Berlin Wall Foundation sites, among other things.
With the project "Mauergeschichten revisited", the Berlin Wall Foundation is expanding the previous narratives at its sites. Previously marginalised, unconsidered and excluded perspectives and stories about division, the fall of the Wall, reunification and the transition period in post-migrant society are to be included in the mediation practice. The aim is to sharpen the view of migration and representation in remembrance cultures of reunification, to design multi-perspective and multi-directional spaces of remembrance and to sustainably establish plural cultures of remembrance of a diverse society at the Foundation's various historical sites.
In cooperation with Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V., korientation e.V., the Turkish Association in Berlin-Brandenburg (TBB) e.V. and Amaro Drom e.V.
Focal Point Checkpoint Charlie. Digital Storytelling via Messenger (from January 2022)
The six-part podcast "Grenzerfahrung" takes us back to August 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built. It reports on this 13th of August and the background of the building of the Wall, gives insight into the personal and impressive experiences of contemporary witnesses, into stories of escape and departure and into the life in divided Berlin. From August to November 2021, we will take you to places in Berlin where the Wall and its traces can still be seen and discovered today and learn how people dealt with the Wall after 1989. How did it shape and change the city?
Inclusion project "I AM"
Over the next two years, the Berlin Wall Foundation, together with partners, will develop various tools for inclusive education and outreach work as part of an EU inclusion project, which will also be adaptable for other museums and memorial sites. The experiences and results of the project will be prepared and made available in an e-book. The aim is to give young people access to places and topics by means of the tools to be developed and to enable them to have a positive (learning) experience.
In cooperation with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), the Museum of Contemporary Art Castilla-Léon (Léon) and the art mediator mu-zee-um (Oostende), the Museum of Occupations and Freedom (VABUMU) in Tallinn and the organisation Kreaktiv (Northern Macedonia).
Funded by Erasmus+ of the European Union
- Anschutz Entertainment Group
- Baumpatenverein e.V.
- Berlin on Bike
- Berliner Beauftragter zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur
- Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur
- Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
- Bürgerbüro e.V.
- Ch. Links Verlag im Aufbau Verlag
- Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin
- Die Beauftragte des Landes Brandenburg zur Aufarbeitung der Folgen der kommunistischen Diktatur
- Evangelische Versöhnungsgemeinde Berlin
- Ernst-Reuter-Schule, Berlin
- FernUniversität Hagen (Institut für Geschichte und Biographie)
- Handshape, Berlin
- Hoffnungstaler Stiftung Lobetal
- Internationaler Bund Berlin
- Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH
- Künstlerinitiative East Side Gallery e.V.
- Künstlerinnen und Künstler der East Side Gallery
- Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam
- Lycée Marcel Rudloff, Strasbourg
- Musealia Exhibitions & Museums Sl., San Sebastián
- Stern und Kreisschifffahrt, Berlin
- Theater Strahl, Berlin
- Universität Konstanz (Binational School of Education)
Information according to §19 Abs. 2 VOL/A bzw, § 20 Abs. 3 VOB/A
Name of the client
Stiftung Berliner Mauer
Bernauer Straße 111
Name of the commissioned company
Eps51 Wittner und Thoma GbR
Öffentliche Ausschreibung mit Teilnahmewettbewerb
Type and scope of the service
Relaunch des Internetauftritts der Stiftung Berliner Mauer
Period of service provision
December 2020 until July 2021