Stiftung Ettersberg

The Etter Mountain Foundation is a charitable foundation under civil law, established in Weimar. The Foundation serves the German and international scientific research on the origin, manifestations and overcoming dictatorships in Europe and to support initiatives to overcome their historical. She works the SED dictatorship in the scientific and puts this into political education. It combines this with the debt of the memorial and educational center Andreasstraße Erfurt as authentic and worthy place in the public and individual remembering the victims and the overcoming of the SED dictatorship in Thuringia.


The idea of ​​establishing the Etter Mountain Foundation dates back to the 2011 deceased Spanish writer and director Jorge Semprún, the first time in 1994 on the occasion of the award of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade encouraged as a former Buchenwald prisoner, the Etter mountain on which the Buchenwald concentration camp, and then the Soviet Special Camp No. were built. 2, to make it fruitful as the reference point of the dual dictatorship of the German experience in a European perspective and to put at the service of democratic development in Central and Eastern Europe and of European integration. 2002 called the then Minister President of Thuringia Bernhard Vogel, the Foundation Etter Mountain, based in Weimar as a civil law foundation in life.

Mission and tasks

The Etter Mountain Foundation was initially dedicated to the Comparative Study of European dictatorships of the 20th century and its democratic transformation. It should contribute to historical analyzes and comparative analysis of dictatorships fascist, national socialist and communist provenance and authoritarian regimes, to work out their dominance mechanisms and their attendant forces, but also the importance of opposition and resistance to authoritarian and totalitarian oppression and the memory of the victims hold dictatorial power awake. You should employ in addition to the problems of " management" of the past, with issues of transition from dictatorship to democracy and stability conditions of liberal democracy.

The Etter Mountain Foundation leads a European perspective through international symposia, scientific symposia and colloquia, whose results are published in a separate publication series and in a series of publications entitled "Compact ". They designed their own exhibitions and leads an annual student competition on " experience of dictatorship and democratic upheavals in Germany and Europe" by.

Since 2012, the Foundation also works to build the memorial and educational center Andreasstraße in Erfurt in the building of a former detention center of the Ministry for State Security operates. This place is equally for the repression in the SED dictatorship and for the liberation from the dictatorship, because there the first occupation of a Stasi object in the GDR took place on 4 December 1989.

In the memorial and educational center Andreasstraße the memory is linked to the victims of tyranny at an authentic place with the complex analysis of the SED dictatorship and education for liberal democracy, which are embedded in the European comparative research dictatorship. This is to a living place of education for democratic citizenship in confrontation with the dictatorial past emerge in European- democratic perspective, the coming generations can provide guidance.

Bodies & committees

Governing bodies of Etter Mountain Foundation are the Board and the Board of Trustees. CEO is Hans -Joachim Veen ( Weimar / Trier), Vice-Chairman is Volkhard Knigge ( Weimar / Jena), board member Torsten Oppelland (Jena).

Members of the Council are Hans -Peter Schwarz (Chairman ), Thomas Deufel since 2012 (Vice Chairman), Ulrich Grünhage, Eckhard Jesse, Karin Kaschuba, Member of Parliament, Klaus from the crown, MP, Gilbert Merlio, Ehrhart Neubert, Hildigund Neubert, Lutz Niethammer, Mária Schmidt, Karl Schmitt, Hartmut Schubert and Robert Traba. Honorary Members of the Foundation Board are Jorge Semprún † and Bernhard Vogel.

Bodies of the Foundation 's Scientific Advisory Board and the Advisory Board for processing.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2012 are Peter Maser ( Chairman), Rainer Eckert, Günther Heydemann, Silke Satjukow, Alexander Thumfart and Joachim von Puttkamer.

Members of the Advisory Board for reprocessing are Franz- Josef Schlichting (Chairman), Horst Dornieden, Michael reel, Andrea heart, Anna Kaminsky, Frank King, Roland J. Long, Manfred May, Wolf -Dieter Meyer, Matthias Seng Ewald, Gabriele Stötzer and since 2013 Lolo Richard peoples.


In the series of the Foundation Etter Mountain European dictatorships and their overcoming are publishing since 2003 Böhlau published:

  • Hans -Joachim Veen (ed.): After the dictatorship. Democratic upheavals in Europe - twelve years later. ( Volume 1, 2003. )
  • The same (ed. ): The cut-off revolution. June 17, 1953 in German history. ( Volume 2, 2004. )
  • Ehrhart Neubert and Thomas Auerbach: " There can be different." Opposition and Resistance in Thuringia from 1945 to 1989. ( Volume 3, 2005. )
  • Hans -Joachim Veen (ed.): Old elites in new democracies? Change, change and continuity in Central and Eastern Europe. ( Volume 4, 2004. )
  • Henning Pietzsch: Youth between church and state. History of the church youth work in Jena from 1970 to 1989. ( Volume 5, 2005. )
  • Folk Hard Knigge and Mählert Ulrich ( ed.), Communism in the Museum. Forms of engagement in Germany and Central Europe. ( Volume 6, 2005. )
  • Peter March and Hans -Joachim Veen (ed.): What to remember? Communism in the German cultural memory. ( Volume 8, 2006. )
  • Eva Ochs: "Today I can say that." Camp experiences of inmates Soviet special camps in the Soviet Zone / GDR. ( Volume 9, 2006. )
  • Michael Ploenus: " ... as important as the daily bread ". The Jena Institute of Marxism -Leninism 1945-1990. ( Volume 10, 2007. )
  • Peter Wurschi: Rennsteig beat. Youth subcultures in the Thuringian area from 1952 to 1989. ( Volume 11, 2007. )
  • Hans -Joachim Veen, Ulrich Mählert and Peter March (ed.): Interactions between East and West. Dissidence, opposition and civil society 1975 until 1989. ( Volume 12, 2007. )
  • Hans -Joachim Veen, Ulrich Mählert and Franz -Josef Schlichting ( eds.): Political Parties in new democracies. Between fragility and stabilization in Eastern Central Europe. ( Volume 13, 2008. )
  • The same ( eds.): Church and Revolution. Christianity in East Central Europe before and after 1989. ( Volume 14, 2009. )
  • The same ( ed.): The consequences of the revolution. 20 years after communism. ( Volume 15, 2010. )
  • Maciej Dolny: The truth is on our side. Nation, Marxism and history in the Eastern Bloc. ( Volume 16, 2011.)
  • Folk Hard Knigge, Hans -Joachim Veen, Ulrich Mählert, Franz -Josef Schlichting (ed.): Working at the European memory. Experience of dictatorship and democracy development (Vol. 17, 2011)
  • Hans -Joachim Veen (ed.): interim results. Thuringia and its neighbors after 20 years ( Volume 18, 2012)

Traveling exhibitions

The Etter Mountain Foundation presents four exhibitions in several cities in Germany and Poland:

  • "Where injustice is commonplace, is resistance to duty" - Opposition and Resistance in the GDR.
  • The cry for freedom - June 17, 1953 in Thuringia.
  • The return of democracy - the democratic revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe from 1989 to 1991.
  • Poland and German against the communist dictatorship. ( Together with IPN Krakow )