The anniversary year celebrating 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany, #2021JLID, begins on 21 February. The Federal Foreign Office will showcase the anniversary by means of a wide range of projects abroad, thereby raising awareness of the long and significant tradition of Jewish life in Germany.
2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation of the concentration camps. This anniversary year, Germany will for the first time hold the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Many German-Israeli projects are working to advance tolerance and freedom. Once again this year, two of these received the Shimon Peres Prize.
Up to 1944 over one million Jews were murdered in mass shootings by the German occupying forces in what is now Ukraine. The Federal Foreign Office is promoting efforts to create memorial sites and address the past.
In Berlin, Foreign Minister Maas has opened the first conference of the European Network focusing on using education as a tool against anti-Semitism. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, European civil society organisations want to forge closer links and exchange experiences.